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Tenure Track

The excellence of our Academic staff is key to the success of UL. Their professional success helps to enhance the research profile of the university, the experience of their students, and the future leadership of the organisation.

To develop a cadre of first class academics, they must be both challenged and supported throughout their career.

A comprehensive Tenure Track programme is in place to ensure that those on Lecturer Below the Bar contracts are clear on the excellence expected of them, and to ensure that they are provided with support they need to progress in their careers.

The timetable for upcoming Tenure Track events is below. For more information on each event , see the headings below.

Event Date
Call for  Annual Voluntary Interim Development Review November 2020
Closing Date for portfolio submission for  Annual Voluntary Interim Development Review December 2020
Annual Voluntary Interim Development Review January 2020
Career Development Workshop February 2020

The Annual Voluntary Interim Development Review meeting provides Lecturers Below the Bar with feedback on their progress, including identification of areas that need further attention and focus. All Lecturers Below the Bar are invited to submit a draft portfolio for a Voluntary Interim Development Review. A Development Review Group (DRG) meets annually to provide feedback to LBBs on a voluntary basis on their development to-date. The group consists of least four academics at Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor or Professor level.

Portfolios must be submitted in advance of the Voluntary Interim Development Review Meeting. The meeting of the DRG will normally be scheduled in the first semester of each academic year, and will take account of the timing of progression calls. 

The DRG will provide feedback  on the following:   

  • Evidence of emerging strength but where further attention is required. 
  • Areas where development is required.   
  • Advice and recommendations to enhance the portfolio.

The Development Review Group’s remit is purely developmental and advisory, and has no role or input into formal reviews within the university. It is the responsibility of the Lecturer Below the Bar to ensure that his/her work is advancing and developing.

How do I participate? 

If you wish to participate, the portfolio document must be completed and submitted to will be submitted to the Development Review Group (DRG).  

Please use this version  of the document for submissions.   (Please be aware that the portfolio may be subject to change prior to an actual progression call).   

Your portfolio should include the following: 

  • Research and Scholarship 
  • Teaching and Learning 
  • Service to the department, faculty, university, profession and the wider community. 

Examples of evidence are given in the “View Help” field on the document.  Evidence of both qualitative and quantitative measures should be included.  

  1. Anyone submitting should: 
  2. Be aware that the portfolio may be subject to change prior to an actual progression call.   
  3. Adhere to the word limits. 

Note that all information supporting your case should be included in the portfolio document itself.  Submissions should aim to limit/eliminate use of appendices.  SET evaluations and/or Module Satisfaction Surveys can be attached. 


This process is open to all Lecturers Below the Bar.   

Closing Date

The closing date for submission is Monday 13 December 2020.  No submissions or additional material will be accepted after the closing date.  Please note that the Development Review Group aims to meet in February and feedback will follow.   

Supporting ambition and early career academics, this half day workshop is an opportunity to develop your career strategy and portfolio with support from the VPA, HODs and Head of School.

Here are some Top Tips from Lecturers and Senior Lecturers who have progressed through Tenure Track.