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Senior academic promotion: tips and strategies for success

A significant proportion of respondents to the 2009 Staff Survey identified the academic promotions process as an area of particular concern. Despite evidence to the contrary, some respondents felt that the process is inequitable and as a result individuals are deterred from applying for and achieving promotion.

In response to these concerns, the University is committed to improving the transparency and usability of the academic promotions process.  Aspiring applicants are invited to watch a LectureCast of a workshop on promotion held by UCL's former HR Director and also listen to the audio files below.

Academic Workshop: Myth and Reality

'LectureCast of a workshop held by the former HR Director

Personal perspectives on how to approach the promotions process

Each of the files below feature a short discussion between senior staff who offer advice from a personal perspective on how to approach the promotions process.

(Audio files are MP3s and should open automatically in Windows Media Player)

1) Mentoring (5.07 minutes)

2) Enabling (5.15 minutes)

3) Knowledge Transfer (3.35 minutes)

4) Research (7.39 minutes)

5) Teaching7.27 minutes)

Diamond Ashiagbor joined the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in September 2010 as Professor of Labour Law, but was previously a Reader (2007-2010) and Lecturer (2004-7) in law at UCL. She is a graduate of the University of Oxford and has a Ph.D. from the European University Institute. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School, New York (2000, 2007) and the recipient of a US-EU Fulbright Research Award. Her research is in the areas of labour/employment law; equality and anti-discrimination law; human rights and multiculturalism; and EU law. Her monograph was winner of the 2006 Society of Legal Scholars / Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship.

 

Kaila Srai is a Professor of Biochemistry and molecular Biology in the Research Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at UCL. He is a Graduate of London University and also has a PhD from London University . He did his post-doctoral training at the Courtauld Institute of Biochemistry, London University (1978-1980). He was part of the staff in the Department of Medicine, at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine (1981-1999). Since 1999 he has been a faculty member in the department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at University College London. He has been a Wellcome Trust traveling fellow at NIH, Bethesda , USA (1991), and at Harvard Medical Institute, Harvard Medical School , Boston , USA (1997). His research is in the area of iron metabolism and homeostasis in health and disease (hereditary haemochromatosis, iron overload and deficiency). He is also a departmental Postgraduate Tutor; Programme organiser for Intercalated B.Sc. in Molecular medicine; Course Tutor for third year courses in Biochemistry of Health and disease, Cancer Biology and genes to disease.

 

Cecil Thompson obtained his PhD from the University of London and joined the Department of Surgery, Royal Free Campus, UCL in 2004. He has been a Hon. Reader at The Robert Gordon University, Faculty of Science Aberdeen, Scotland, since 2007. His research interests are in the area of urological malignancies, erectile dysfunction and experimental diabetes mellitus. He is also a module organiser and lecture for the iBSc Surgical Science and MSc Surgical Science degree courses at UCL, since 2008.

 

 

Last updated: 24th October 2011