Grades for University of Birmingham
Grading and banding
The University employs support staff on bands 100 to 500 and academic and related staff on grades 6 to 10.
- Job evaluation: what is it and why do it?
- Grading when and how: for a new role and changing the current grade or band of a role
- Grading: for research roles on grades 6 and 7
- Job family frameworks: a simplified way of identifying what grade or band a job is
- Generic role descriptions: for teaching- and research-focused roles
- Reference job descriptions band 100 to 500 and academic-related grade 6 to 9
- Professorial contribution banding: professors are assigned to one of three bands
Grading – when and how
A post should be graded when it:
- is new
- has been vacant for 12 months or more and is to be refilled
- is an existing post that has changed significantly and has not normally had the grade reviewed within the previous 12 months
In addition, before a post is graded,: the Head of College/Corporate Service (or nominee) should confirm:
- the College/Corporate Service and School/Budget Centre has an operational need for the role
- the School/Budget Centre has funding to pay for the proposed grade
- any existing role-holder has the capability to undertake the revised role
Either a role-holder or Head of College/Corporate Service or nominee may decide to request a review of the grade of a role, taking account of the relevant job family framework.
Go straight to:
Forms and guidance for requesting a grading
- Job description form
- Guidance note on how to complete the JD form and request a grading
- Generic role descriptions for teaching- and/or research-focused roles (grade 6 to 9)
For teaching and/or research roles covered by the generic job descriptions, providing the College Post Approval Group has agreed the tailored job description matches the proposed grade in the academic job family framework a grade proposal rationale form is not normally needed. Contact your Human Resources Advisor for guidance.