The rank of professor is reserved for individuals with outstanding performance. Leadership, quality and impact underpin the criteria for this level and, although no quotas are prescribed, promotion to this rank is limited.

Promotion to professor is an annual process, with applicants considered by the Professorial Confirmation and Promotions Committee.

The HR Director will email all academic staff to announce the start of the promotion round.


You can apply for promotion to professor as long as you satisfy the eligibility criteria outlined in the Promotion to Professor Policy [5.80.14].

Your case for professorial promotion must:

  • highlight achievements over the past 5 years
  • include supporting documentation that focuses on your contributions since your last promotion or appointment to Associate Professor
  • concisely cover your whole academic career.

Applying for promotion

Before you submit your application, make sure you read the:

Your application must include these completed forms:

The academic portfolio of achievement (Form A) can be completed in 2 ways:

If you use the online portfolio through Academic Portal, you can import your existing records from central data systems (including appointment history, grants and publications), and transfer awards and teaching activities stored in your academic profile. You can then add additional information as required. Whichever method you use to complete your portfolio, you'll submit a document with the same fields and format.

Head, Director and Executive Dean requirements

If you have a staff member in your area applying for professorial promotion you must complete:

Panel Information Session: February 2018

  • Overview of expectations: Professor Aidan Byrne, Provost

  • Presenting your Case and Narrative in Form G: Professor Ross McAree

  • Teaching expectations – all academic categories including Teaching Focused: Professor Julie Duck

  • Presenting your case to a multi-disciplinary committee, Research Focused Academics and Form G: Professor Janeen Baxter

  • The Clinical Academic Case, All categories - Selection and Role of Referees: Professor Darrell Crawford

  • Experiences of a recent successful applicant: Professor Jennifer Seddon

Submit an application

The 2018 application period is closed. The 2019 application period dates will be included in the academic submission timetable in early 2019.

Successful applicants

Read the full list of successful promotion applicants (PDF, 100KB) from the previous round.