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A new survey- open to all employees, schools and institutions- has been launched to find out what staff think of the researcher reward and progression proposals.  

Some of the proposals put forward include changes to name titles for researchers, the introduction of new grades and a contribution increment scheme running annually instead of termly. 

Currently the University has five researcher roles at the following grades: 

1.) Research Assistant Grade 5 

2.) Research Associate Grade 7  

3.) Senior Research Associate Grade 9  

4.) Principal Research Associate Grade 11  

5.) Director of Research Grade 12  

The Research Reward and Progression Arrangements Review Working Group (RRPAR) says the current arrangements need to be updated and expressed that this is an opportunity to align researcher reward and progression with other staff categories. 

Professor Steve Russell, Chair of (RRPAR) said: “The University employs over 4,000 researchers.   

“They make a substantial contribution to the realisation of the University's mission, namely: 'The mission of the University of Cambridge is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence.'   

Through these proposals, we hope to create a new Academic Career Pathway for Researchers which to provide researchers at the early, mid and later stage of their careers with cohesive opportunities for promotion and pay progression.” 

The proposals are summarised below:- 


All employees are encouraged to share their views through the survey by the closing date of  23 February 2024.

If you want to find out more or ask questions, you can sign up to the virtual open meeting. The next is scheduled for February and can be booked via this link:   

To find out more details and a link to the survey go to the HR Division’s website: