University Of Glasgow Professorial Zoning

University Of Glasgow Professorial Zoning

1. Introduction

The University’s Zone Based Pay & Reward Structure provides for movement between zones within the professorial grade of the academic career track, subject to satisfying the relevant zone descriptor criteria in relation to which an application is sought through a self-application process.

2. Equal Opportunities

The University of Glasgow is committed to promoting equality of opportunity in all its activities and aims to provide a work, learning, research and teaching environment free from discrimination and unfair treatment.  The principles of the Athena SWAN Charter are embedded in the application of this policy. Procedures for movement between zones are intended to be fair, transparent and consistent with the University’s Equal Opportunities Policies.

Against this background, all members of the professoriate will be treated fairly and equitably with outcomes based solely on assessment of a professorial profile in relation to the specified criteria applicable to the zone into which placement is sought, irrespective of employment or contractual status and personal circumstances.  The Panel will take into account individuals who are currently, or have been, part-time, or have had a significant absence, whether due to parental leave, illness or other cause provided they outline clearly in their application the impact of those particular factors on output.

Further, the University’s Equality and Diversity Strategy Committee monitors ethnic origin, disability and gender data in relation to the outcome of applications for zone movement.  This continual review of career development trends and statistics ensures that the criteria against which decisions are taken, remain objectively justifiable and lawful in accordance with equality legislation.

 University Of Glasgow Professorial Zoning

3. Principles

The procedure incorporates the undernoted principles:

  • Applications for movement between zones will be subject to a rigorous and robust internal process.
  • Professorial staff may be considered for movement into the next zone, subject to satisfying the relevant zone descriptor through the provision of specific evidence (by completing a Professorial Zone Movement Application Form) demonstrating that the level of performance and associated outputs match the zone descriptors of the higher level.
  • Each professorial profile will be considered and judged on its merits in accordance with the relevant career track criteria applicable to the zone into which movement is sought.
  • It is expected that a professor will normally be able to demonstrate meeting a preponderance of the criteria outlined across the range of academic activity, to justify movement into the next zone within the professorial career path, irrespective of track.  It is recognised that distinction in all of the areas detailed in the zone criteria will very rarely be achieved. There will be no expectation that all of the listed activities will be undertaken all of the time. It does mean that the University can expect/require professors to undertake any of these activities.  The criteria are not exhaustive, and professors may be required to undertake other duties of a similar level and responsibility. In some roles and disciplines, some of the activities detailed will be essential requirements of the role. Criteria for assessing the extent to which a professorial profile meets the criteria for movement into the next zone will be applied fairly and consistently.
  • Judgements will be based as far as possible on objective evidence in meeting a preponderance of the requisite criteria across the range of academic activity applicable to the professorial career path and zone.

 University Of Glasgow Professorial Zoning

4. Coverage