Athena SWAN in IHW

Myths about promotion

Institute of Health and Wellbeing places a high priority on supporting staff through the promotion and reward/recognition processes. In a recent staff survey, some staff reported that they did not fully understand the university’s criteria and processes for promotion. We need to change this, and the Athena SWAN promotions self-assessment team have been working hard to correct this.

One of the ways we have been doing this, is through a "myth busting" campaign, where we identified some common themes and issues around promotion that can be viewed below (including funding end dates, part time contracts, PhDs and more), that staff reported a lack of clarity on. This also includes the impact of COVID-19 on promotion applications. 

Photo of person completing an application form

I can’t be promoted if I have a funding end-date

FALSE

I can’t be promoted if there is not enough money in the grant to cover the cost

FALSE

I can be moved to a higher grade if there is enough money in the grant to cover the cost

FALSE

It’s easier to get promotion in other universities

FALSE

The UofG promotion process is transparent, with clearly defined criteria.

Promotion decisions are determined on the extent to which the application satisfies a preponderance of the promotion criteria applicable to the grade and track.

Section A
R&S: Outputs
R&S: Award generation
R&S: PGR supervision
Section B
Impact
Section C
Learning and teaching
Section D
Leadership, management and engagement
Section E
Esteem

The promotion form/process disadvantages women

FALSE

Our institute has a high success rate for promotion for both women and men

Graph of promotion success rates in IHW 2013 to 2019

Working part-time counts against you

FALSE

Our institute has a high success rate for promotion for people who work part-time.

11 applications from part-time staff (all women) were successful:

1 to grade 6
1 to grade 7
6 to grade 8
2 to senior lecturer
1 to reader

2 applications from part-time staff (all women) were unsuccessful

1 to grade 8
1 to reader

Career breaks count against you

FALSE

The promotion committee takes into account people who are currently, or have been, part-time, and/or have had a significant absence due to parental leave, illness or other cause.

Applicants are assessed against the quality standards at each grade for promotion, with the quality of output judged relative to an individual’s career profile.

Applicants need to record this information on the front-page of the application form.

I can’t be promoted without a PhD

FALSE

You can be promoted from grade 6 to grade 7 without a PhD, if:

You are at the top of grade 6
You meet a preponderance of the grade 7 criteria

(If you have a PhD, you can be promoted if you are not at the top of G6 but meet a preponderance of the grade 7 criteria)

The impact of COVID-19 means I can no longer apply

FALSE

The impact of COVID-19 will be taken into account in relation to grants, income, productivity etc.

Applicants need to record this information on the front-page of the application form.