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Vice Chancellor's Notices

 

Date: 15 September 2005
Issue Number: September 2005
Title: Appointment of Professors, Readers, Professorial Research Fellows & Senior Research Fellows 2005/06
Subject:
   
1 Applications are invited from members of staff on lecturer
contracts who wish to be considered for appointment as a Professor or Reader and from members of staff on research contracts who wish to be considered for appointment as either a
Professorial Research Fellow or a Senior research Fellow in accordance with the approved schemes (see paragraph 6 of this notice).

2 Candidates for PROFESSOR will be expected to be able to demonstrate a high level of academic distinction as evidenced in:

(i) Research, consultancy, scholarship or creative achievement which has contributed to the furtherance of knowledge and its application;

(ii) Professional standing;

(iii) Academic leadership, including contributions to subject and course development and the development of student learning.

Candidates must be outstanding in relation to at least one of the criteria, normally (i), and have a high level of achievement in relation to the others.

3 Candidates for READER must demonstrate a high level of
achievement in relation to the first and at least two more of the following criteria:

(i) A capacity for, and achievement in, personal research or scholarship as evidenced by publications in research journals of repute or by other evidence involving external appraisal.

(ii) A proven ability to lead and develop research within the department and the University, including an involvement in supporting and assisting the work of colleagues undertaking research.

(iii) An ability to supervise research students, including successfully completed supervisions to PhD level.

(iv) A demonstrated capacity to attract external resources in support of research at the University and in the promotion of external academic collaboration.

Additionally candidates for readerships should be able to
demonstrate their involvement in ensuring that teaching programmes benefit from their research activity.

4 Normally a candidate for appointment as a PROFESSORIAL RESEARCH FELLOW will be an established experienced researcher with sustained research project experience and of high national and international academic standing. Their application will
demonstrate that they:

(i) have academic standing comparable to that of a Professor and evidenced by a significant record of publication in international journals, or equivalent research 'outputs', and demonstrate through their application at least three of the following
attributes/achievements:

* invitations to speak at major conferences as keynote speaker or/and offering a major research presentation;

* awards for achievement by appropriate learned societies or
chairing major committees of such bodies;

* extensive experience as examiner for research degrees and postgraduate courses;

* involvement with editorial and reviewing activities for major international journals;

* reviewing of research grant applications;

* a sustained record of successfully leading grant applications
to major research councils or charities.

(ii) have been leader of a number of high impact research
projects;

(iii) have significant experience of supervising research degree
students to completion and have assisted in their professional
development, including the publication of their research;

(iv) have demonstrated research leadership by activities which
create and develop a research culture such as:

* supporting staff in research bids;

* jointly writing for publication with beginning researchers;

* actively guiding and supporting staff in the professional
development of their research careers.

5 Typically candidates for SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOWS will be
established experienced researchers as evidenced, for example,
through not less than 3 years of post-doctoral appointments or
equivalent. Their application for the post needs to demonstrate
that they meet the first and at least two more of the following
criteria:

(i) have academic standing comparable to that of a Reader as
evidenced by a significant RAE-worthy publications record in
international journals and not less than 2 of the following:

* invitations to speak at, or delivering major research
presentations to, international conferences;

* awards for achievement by appropriate learned societies,
chairing major Committees of such bodies or other significant
participation in their activities;

* editorial and reviewing work for international journals and/or
leading publishing houses;

* reviewing of research grant applications;

* acting as examiner for postgraduate courses and/ or research
degrees

(ii) have successfully managed research projects;

(iii) have successfully supervised research degree students;

(iv) have been successful in leading grant applications to major
research councils, charities or their equivalent.

Intending applicants for Senior Research Fellow appointments are
invited to contract the Deputy Vice-Chancellor or the
University's Director of Research Development beforehand
regarding the Committee's interpretation of the above criteria
following a recent review.

6 Those wishing to apply for any of these appointments should
obtain a current copy of the full details of the scheme for these
appointments which sets out the guidelines to be followed in the
submission of applications. The relevant document is "Schemes
for the Appointment of Professors, Readers, Professorial Research
Fellows and Senior Research Fellows: Notes for Guidance for
Applicants, August 2005, Vers. 1.0". A copy is available by
internal post from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor's Office, Third
Floor, All Saints Building, may be collected in person from the
same office or by telephoning extension 1016. It is also
available on the Academic Division web site (URL:
http://www.mmu.ac.uk/academic/director.php)

7 The deadline for submission of applications to be considered in
the current session are:

Applications for READER should be submitted to the applicant's Head of Department# or, in the case of non-departmental staff, to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor by Wednesday 12 October 2005

Applications for PROFESSOR, PROFESSORIAL RESEARCH FELLOW and
SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW should be submitted to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor by Wednesday 12 October 2005.

Applications received after these dates may not be considered.

Professor J. S. Brooks
September 2005

# Note: where reference is made to "Head of Department" the
assumption is that the applicant is based in a "conventional"
academic departmental structure. If that is not the case then
the appropriate line manager should be used. If in doubt you are
invited to refer to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor.