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

Applications have closed for 2019. Dates for 2020 applications will be published here when available.

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:


All eligible applicants will be interviewed in 2019. Applicants may be invited to interview on any of the scheduled dates listed below, and must be available for interview. The application form will allow you to list any interview constraints on the published dates, including reasons that you would prefer not to be invited to a particular date or time.

  • Thursday 5 September 2019
  • Friday 6 September 2019
  • Wednesday 11 September 2019
  • Thursday 12 September 2019

Help with applying

You can watch recordings from the 2019 Applying for Promotion to Professor information session for guidance with your application:

  • 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 Joanne Wright

  • 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 recent successful applicants: Professor Lydia Kavanagh and Professor Murray Phillips

  • Questions and answers