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In Easter Term 2020, as a result of the financial impact of Covid‑19, the Council agreed to certain pay restraint measures for the 2020–21 academic year (Reporter, 6587, 2019–20, p. 542). These included the suspension of all but one part of the reward and progression schemes for that year only.

The Council has kept the pay restraint measures under review. It has now approved the re‑introduction of all reward and progression schemes for the 2021–22 academic year, in accordance with their usual implementation cycles (Reporter, 6608, 2020–21, p.379)

Contribution Reward Scheme for Academic-Related and Assistant staff grades 1–11

The University of Cambridge operates an annual contribution reward scheme for academic-related and assistant staff in grades 1–11. The scheme is made up of two components:

  • Contribution Increments to recognise outstanding, sustained and ongoing contribution.
  • Single Contribution Payments for exceptional one-off or time limited contribution.

Contribution Increment Scheme for Researchers

The termly Contribution Increment Scheme for Researchers scheme enables Contribution Increments to be awarded in recognition of outstanding contribution.

Contributory Increment Scheme for Academic Related Staff in Grade 12

The biennial Contributory Increment Scheme for Grade 12 Academic Related Staff is set out in Annex 9 of the Second Joint Report of the Council and General Board on a new pay and grading structure for non-clinical staff.

To be eligible for consideration, individuals must have been in post and performing their duties at their current grade for at least two years prior to the effective date of the award. Increments are awarded for sustained contribution which must be ongoing and there must be some indication that the cost is justifiable in terms of the benefit bought to the University over the longer term. Applications (PD32) must be submitted by the individual and evidence provided of their personal contribution, commitment and exercise of initiative, over and above the level expected of a person performing competently at that grade, in support of the objectives of their Division or Institution.

Cases are considered by the Registrary, Pro Vice Chancellor or Chair of School (as appropriate) who will put forward recommendations to the Vice Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Supplementary Payments for Non-Academic Officers in the Professorial Grade 12.

Professorial Pay Review for Academic Staff in Grade 12

Professorial contribution increments are awarded through the Professorial Pay Review scheme. Rewards are based on contribution and assessed through a biennial review process.

Senior Academic Promotions which will be replaced by the Academic Career Pathways scheme when next run

The Academic Career Pathways (Research and Teaching) Scheme will allow eligible academic staff to apply for promotion to the offices of Associate Professor (Grade 10) (previously University Senior Lecturer), Professor (Grade 11) (previously Reader) and Professor (at Grade 12 - unchanged).

In preparation for the launch of the ACP 2022 exercise in Michaelmas term (September 2021), briefings are being held for those involved in the scheme, and prospective applicants.  You can watch recordings of these briefings here.

Guidance on the new scheme has now been published, and can be viewed here.


For further information or advice on any of the above reward schemes, please contact the relevant HR School Team.