UEA recognises that delivering research excellence relies on attracting, developing and retaining high-achieving research staff. UEA’s aim is to support the development of all research staff and to nurture our early career researchers. In addition to the support that is currently available for research staff, the aim of the Research Staff Annual Review Handbook is to provide an overview of the routes to, and process for, promotion and salary awards.

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The Grade Criteria for the Promotion of Research Staff aims to provide a basis for defining levels of tasks and levels of responsibility appropriate to the five Research and Analogous grades.

These indicative descriptors set out the expected levels of contribution by University staff appointed to RA terms and conditions of appointment, whose roles are focused wholly or mainly on research-related activity. 

Members of research staff whose cases will be reviewed will need to complete an Application Form for RA Promotions or Special Increments and Discretionary Awards and should read the Research Staff Promotion or Special Increment and Discretionary Award Guidance Notes. The process and timings for promotions committee are laid out in the Promotions Committee Process for Academic and R&A Staff 2018/19.

Members of research staff whose cases will be considered for an ex-gratia payment should complete the Annual Review – Ex-Gratia Payment Form and may wish to refer to the Ex-Gratia Payment Guidelines.