Academic Career and Reward Framework

Workstream 3: Academic Reward and Recognition


This workstream aims to propose a reward and recognition framework which is clearly aligned to career pathways.

The proposals aim to deliver:

  1. Rewards that provide clear promotion steps and recognition of teaching alongside research; 
  2. Clarity on pay benchmarks and pay mechanisms; and
  3. Improved satisfaction with pay and benefits


Work carried out under the Reward and Recognition stream falls into a number of stages:

  1. Benchmarking and considering differences in total reward;
  2. Mapping pay structures to proposed career pathways;
  3. Developing and aligning a reward and recognition framework aligned to proposed career pathways; and
  4. Modelling and costing proposed pay structures and wider reward framework


Date Update
March 2024
  • Findings and recommendations from the Pay & Conditions review discussed by Council members on 4 March

  • ACRF Steering Group updated on key findings from the Pay & Conditions review in relation to academic pay benchmarking and reward, at its meeting on 18 March

December 2023 to February 2024
  • Findings and recommendations of the Pay & Conditions review reported on schedule to the Vice-Chancellor before Christmas and to University Council on 5 February 2024
November 2023
  • Academic pay benchmarking completed as part of the Pay & Conditions review, to inform recommendations on the University’s total reward offer for academic staff (including all teaching and research staff)
July to October 2023
  • Terms of reference for pay benchmarking agreed by the Steering Group
  • Benchmarking work carried out over the summer, with a view to outcomes being reported to both the Steering Group for this project and the Steering Committee for the Vice-Chancellor's Pay and Conditions review


Contact us

Email with any feedback on this webpage or input to this workstream


Workstream lead for Academic Reward and Recognition:

Sarah Kilgour, Head of Reward