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The Academic HR team deals with the divisional aspects of processes relating to MPLS academic appointments and posholders.

The Divisional office has responsibility for the management of administrative procedures and processes relating to all academic appointments in the Division e.g. recruitment, reviews (initial period review and re-appointment - i.e. tenure), retirement, sabbatical and other leave for ‘joint appointments’ (i.e. posts with an entitlement to a college of association, such as Associate Professorships and Statutory Professorships). The academic HR team supports departments in the processes that apply for academic appointments and liaises with colleges and University bodies as needed. The academic HR team also supports personnel matters in relation to some other posts, particularly RSIV senior research posts, and on reward processes, some of which are available both for joint appointees and other staff types.


Academic HR Team Leader - Dr Gwen Booth

Recruitment to academic posts (new posts and refillings) including professorial appointments; non-standard cases; college association; review of job descriptions and selection panels; recognition of distinction exercises, professorial merit pay and other merit exercises for academic staff; academic recruitment protocol and headcount control business; retention cases. Providing advice and guidance to heads of department, heads of administration and finance and HR officers on all aspects of academic appointments.


Academic Appointments and HR Officer - Polly Bunce

Academic Appointments Officer - Anne Hobbs

Responsibility for administrative processes underpinning academic appointments including: drafting of contracts; new starters; resignations and retirements; sabbatical, maternity, paternity and other leave; changes to salaries or additional payments; mid-period and final review of initial periods of appointment; visiting professors; maintenance of records.

Appointing Academic Staff

Information about approval processes for posts and about recruiting and appointing academic staff can be found here.

AWARD OF TITLES and professorial merit pay

Information about the award of titles and salary enhancement can be found here.


Information about processes for academic staff in post such as review processes, sabbatical  etc. can be found here.