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  • Career development

    It provides an opportunity for a regular and structured discussion with another academic with leadership responsibility about an academic's progress and career development, including readiness for promotion, after probation is completed.

    Academics are expected to be proactive in managing their careers. However, the School, Head of Institution and senior staff also have a responsibility to ensure that appropriate support is in place and the SRD discussion provides an opportunity to check this, including future plans such as retirement, thus assisting future resource and succession planning.

  • Review of academic duties and support

    In addition to discussing career plans there is an opportunity to discuss an academic's duties and the expected balance between them, which should result in better individual targeting for promotion.

    The review of academic duties through the SRD process should also lead to ongoing and wider-ranging discussions within the institution concerned and the wider University about the scope for better infrastructure, support and mentoring for academic staff.

  • Valued contribution

    The process of mutually reviewing the academic's contributions should lead to a the academic to be more confident in his/her abilities and have a sense of achievement which s/he knows is acknowledged and appreciated in his/her institution.

  • Better communications

    Regular appraisal discussions should improve communications generally within the academic community, at all levels.

  • Improved working lives

    Generally, it is good practice to operate an effective SRD process as research shows that organisations who give staff the opportunity to talk about their work, set realistic objectives and discuss their development have a more harmonious and productive working environment.

    The SRD process also provides a means by which academic staff can regularly express views on possible improvements; this is an essential element in the University's exercise of its responsibility to maintain conditions in which the highest quality teaching and research can take place.