Junior Academic Progressions 2023
Human Resources are pleased to announce the call for Junior Academic Progressions. This call opens on 31 July 2023 and the closing date for applications is 12 noon on 27 September 2023.
Trinity College Dublin is committed to promoting equality in all aspects of its activity, including progressions, in line with the College Equality Policy. Trinity is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications for progression from all eligible sections of the College community.
All queries relating to the Junior Academic Progressions Round can be made to email@example.com (for use of e-recruitment system) and firstname.lastname@example.org (for use of the RSS, and for more technical queries on the process and on sign off/ Head of Discipline/Head of School Report).
See below for information on:
Main changes to the Policy
The Board at its meeting on 24 July 2023 approved the changes outlined below to the existing Policy.
Applicants should familiarise themselves with these changes to the existing Policy for the 2023 Call before they submit an application for Merit Bar Review and/or Accelerated Advancement.
Please see below the main changes to the Policy and Process:
- that it is no longer mandatory for Assistant Professors to present for Merit Bar Review in the academic year before they reach this point on the scale. As per section 4.2 on the Merit Bar in the policy, "Assistant Professors who have successfully passed their probationary period and who have reached the merit bar may present for Merit Bar review in the academic year before they reach this point (for example, an Assistant Professor due to pass the merit bar in October 2019 would normally be expected to present for merit bar review during the academic year 2018/19)."
- that as per section 4.2 on the Merit Bar in the policy, "Assistant Professors who do not successfully pass the Merit Bar on first presenting to the Junior Academic Progressions Committee may present again in any future year, and would normally be expected to present within three years of first presenting to the Junior Academic Progressions Committee. Assistant Professors who have been unsuccessful in their Merit Bar review will receive feedback from the Junior Academic Progression Committee and will work with their Head of School and HR to create a personal development programme to address any areas for development."
- removed the requirement from the existing policy in section 5.3 for the Junior Academic Progressions Committee (JAPC) to give feedback on Accelerated Advancement given that an Assistant Professor may only apply for Accelerated Advancement once, regardless of the outcome of that application,
- replaced the wording "Special Circumstances" with "Personal Circumstances" in Section 12 and Appendix 2 of the Policy and (2b) to insert a new line at the end of Section 12.5 to clarify for applicants "Employment on a part-time contract basis does not of itself qualify as a Personal Circumstance. Applicants employed on a part-time contract of employment may include in their application any Personal Circumstances in the same manner as full-time staff", and
- replaced the text on the old LEAD training in section 9.6 with the new online training – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education.
The Junior Academic Progressions Policy is available on the HR website.
We encourage you to read through the policy and familiarise yourself with the procedure. If you have any queries relating to Junior Academic Progressions please email email@example.com.
The Two Types of Progression Application
There is one online application process for all categories of applications. Within the online form you can choose the category which applies to your application. Applications are divided into two groups:
Merit Bar Review
Assistant Professors appointed on salary scales or employment contracts which contain a Merit Bar progress in increments annually until they reach the merit bar point. Progression beyond the Merit Bar is considered part of normal career progression, however, the Assistant Professor may not progress beyond the merit bar without successfully passing a review by the Junior Academic Progression Committee. Merit Bar review does not apply to Assistant Professors appointed on Tenure Track contracts.
Assistant Professors who have successfully passed their probationary period and who have reached the merit bar point may present for Merit Bar review in the academic year before they reach this point (for example, an Assistant Professor due to pass the merit bar in October 2019 would normally be expected to present for merit bar review during the academic year 2018/19).
If the Assistant Professor is not successful in this review, they will remain at the merit bar point on the salary scale and will not progress beyond this point until they are successfully reviewed at a later date.
Assistant Professors who do not successfully pass the Merit Bar on first presenting to the Junior Academic Progressions Committee may present again in any future year, and would normally be expected to present within three years of first presenting to the Junior Academic Progressions Committee. Assistant Professors who have been unsuccessful in their Merit Bar review will receive feedback from the Junior Academic Progression Committee and will work with their Head of School and HR to create a personal development programme to address any areas for development.
Candidates applying for Merit Bar review can apply for accelerated advancement at the same time, however please be aware this does count as an Assistant Professor's only chance to apply for accelerated advancement.
Progression along the Assistant Professor salary scale normally occurs by way of annual increments to the next salary point, or at other intervals in line with Public Sector pay provisions. Accelerated advancement allows the Assistant Professor to progress by two increments at the next annual increment date, instead of the usual one increment. In very exceptional circumstances, the Junior Academic Progression Committee may award more than two increments.
Accelerated advancement is not considered part of normal career progression. Accelerated advancement may only be awarded following successful review by the Junior Academic Progression Committee. The Committee will only award accelerated advancement where the Assistant Professor's performance is deemed to be outstanding (see section 7, Procedure for Accelerated Advancement applications, set out in the policy).
All Assistant Professors who have successfully completed their probationary period may apply for accelerated advancement. However, an Assistant Professor may only apply for Accelerated Advancement once, regardless of the outcome of that application. To maximise their chances of a successful application, Assistant Professors must seek the advice of their Head of School/Head of Discipline when planning the timing of an application for accelerated advancement.
Where the Assistant Professor has a Merit Bar included in their terms of employment, and where the award of accelerated advancement would bring the Assistant Professor beyond the merit bar, the Assistant Professor will still be required to present for Merit Bar review. In this instance, the award of the additional increment(s) will not be implemented until the Assistant Professor has also been successfully reviewed for progression beyond the Merit Bar.
The Online Application Process
There are 3 steps in the online application process:
- Step 1, the applicant completes their user profile on the MyRSS by using the Promotions CV Wizard to fill out the Junior Academic Progressions Application Form. The applicant outputs their Promotions CV document to Word and completes the section on Teaching and Supervision as well as reviewing the overall content of the application document.
- Step 2, the applicant downloads the Head of Discipline/Head of School Report templates from the Promotions Webpage or within the e-recruitment system.
- Step 3, the applicant uploads to e-recruitment their completed promotion application, and Head of Discipline/Head of School Report.
Step 1 – Using the MyRSS Promotions Wizard
Go to MyRSS and login.
To access the Research Support System you must first register. To register for the RSS you can follow the link on the TCD Local page.
- The Promotions Wizard is accessible to all active RSS users here: https://tcdlocalportal.tcd.ie/pls/EnterApex/f?p=115:110 or via the RSS Reports Menu.
- After clicking on the reports section of the RSS Launcher you will be brought to the location where the link to the Promotions Wizard Page can be found.
- First select Junior Academic Progressions form from the dropdown list and click Save.
- Then complete each section of the Promotions Wizard by clicking next until you arrive at the final section - Output MyRSS Promotions CV.
- Save the MyRSS Promotion CV file to your desktop or any other suitable location on your computer for review and completion. When you output the CV to Word from the MyRSS Promotions Wizard, save it as RSS Promotions CV.docx.
For queries about the MyRSS Promotions Wizard or the RSS please email RSSadmin@tcd.ie
Step 2 – Download the Head of Discipline/Head of School Report
The next step is to download the Head of Discipline/School Report form that is available here or within the e-recruitment system and ask your Head of Discipline/Head of School to complete.
In order to ensure that no Committee member signs your Head of Discipline/Head of School Report, you should check the list of Committee Members. Please discuss with the Committee member prior to submitting your application. If a Head of Discipline is on the Committee, a Pro-Head of Discipline will be appointed by the Dean to sign the form. If you believe that a member of staff other than your Head of Discipline may be a more appropriate person to write commentary, please consult with the Secretary to the Junior Academic Progressions Committee firstname.lastname@example.org. Committee members cannot sign this form. An acting arrangement must be put in place for signing of the form.
If a change of signature is required please notify us at email@example.com.
Step 3 – Using e-Recruitment
The final part of the process for applying is via the e-recruitment system at https://jobs.tcd.ie.
The Junior Academic Progressions Call will open on 31 July 2023. We recommend early application to avoid system difficulties near the closing date. You can register for e-recruitment in advance of the call.
Please ensure that all elements are completed before uploading and submitting, as once submitted they cannot be changed in any way. Also please note the closing dates.
Please note that you must submit and receive a receipt email (please retain this for your records) to ensure that your application has been included in the promotion call. If you do not receive a confirmation email your application has not been received.
Applications will be uploaded to the system and the Committee will be able to view the applications online.
Information Workshops on the Junior Academic Progressions Process
We are delighted to launch the Information Workshops for Applicants intending to apply to the Junior Academic Progressions Call 2023
For further information about the Workshops please email firstname.lastname@example.org
User Clinics on the 3 step Junior Academic Progressions Process
User Clinics on the 3-Step Junior Academic Progressions Process will be held on:
- 2:00pm to 4:00pm, 8 August 2023
- 2:00pm to 4:00pm, 10 August 2023
- 10:00am to 12:00pm, 15 August 2023
To book yourself in for one of these tutorials please email us at email@example.com.
Stages of the process
Stage 1 - Call for Applications
- Call for applications - Advertisement Date – 31 July 2023.
- To apply for progression/accelerated advancement please go to https://jobs.tcd.ie when the competition is open.
- Applicants must SUBMIT applications by 12 noon, 27 September 2023. No late applications accepted.
Stage 2 - Review
Review of Applications - For Merit Bar Review (including Accelerated Advancement) and Accelerated Advancement.
Interviews are expected to take place October to December 2023. Following receipt of application, candidates for Merit Bar will be called for interview. You will receive your interview time via email so please ensure that you regularly check your email to ensure you are aware of the date of interview.
Stage 3 - Outcomes
- Candidates and Heads of School/Discipline will be notified of outcomes (including any accelerated advancement) electronically.
- Feedback will be available to all unsuccessful candidates for Merit Bar Review.
Stage 4 - Approval
- Successful candidates will be recommended to University Council and Board.
- Following approval by Council and Board candidates will be informed of the timing of their advancement.
Stage 5 – Implementation
Recommendations for progression through the Merit Bar or Accelerated Advancement from this progression round will have different implementation dates, depending on when a candidate reached the Merit Bar.
It is intended that awards will have effect in the year 2023. The awards cannot be implemented until Council have approved the recommendations.
There implementation will have 2 cohorts:
- 1st October 2022 (or thereafter) - For those who have reached or will reach the Merit Bar prior to or with effect from the 1st of October 2021, 1st January 2022, 1st April 2022 and 1st July 2022.
- 1st October 2023 (or thereafter) - For those who have reached or will reach the Merit Bar prior to or with effect from the 1st of October 2022, 1st January 2023, 1st April 2023 and 1st July 2023.
"Or thereafter" means that for each different cohort effectively with the current Haddington Road/Lansdowne Road provisions, there are 4 possible dates for implementation dependent on how many deferred increments you have had previously and your current rate of pay (which determines the length of the deferral).
For information on when you reached the Merit Bar you can contact us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior Progressions Committee - Quorum of 5 (excluding Human Resources)
Vice Provost/Chief Academic Officer (Chair)
Dean of FAHSS – Professor Gail McElroy
Dean of FSTEM – Professor Sylvia Draper
Dean of FHS – Professor Brian O'Connell
Senior Lecturer/Dean of Undergraduate Studies – Professor David Shepherd
Dean of Graduate Studies – Professor Martine Smith
A member of the academic staff of the University who is an Assistant Professor above the merit bar - Dr Jason Wyse
A member of the academic staff of the University who is an Associate Professor, Professor In or Professor Of - Professor Anne Dolan
A member of the academic staff of the University (of any academic grade) - Professor Tadhg Stapleton
Secretary: Director of HR (or nominee) - Ms. Fidelma Haffey, Head of Talent
Conflict of Interest
The members of the Junior Academic Progressions Committee are required to declare any conflict of interest once it is realised (e.g. this may be at review or interview stage of the progressions process for merit bar review and/or accelerated advancement).
Once a conflict of interest is declared, it will be the decision of the Chair, with support from Human Resources, whether mitigating action can be taken to eliminate the risk of the actual conflict. Mitigating action can include the exclusion of a committee member for certain candidates, limiting committee members contribution to ‘expert/specialism’ only.
In situations where the Chair deems that the conflict cannot be mitigated, the panel member will be replaced.
As a Committee member they may consider:
- Have I supervised the candidate in the past?
- Have I collaborated and co-authored with the candidate?
- Have I collaborated on a research grant/project with the candidate?
- Do I have a personal relationship with the candidate?
- Is the candidate a colleague?
For guidance on the types of conflict that may arise, please contact the Secretary by email to email@example.com
What is Personal Circumstances?
Personal circumstances (personal or professional) are considerations which the relevant Review Panels take into account at time of progressions/promotions review. The process assesses an applicant's merit relative to their opportunity to accrue that merit. If you have Personal Circumstances please click on the relevant box on the 'MyRSS CV' or send a separate email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of the Personal Circumstances form.
A range of personal circumstances may be considered that affected, interrupted or delayed the career path, performance or output of a staff member for a duration of time of their employment with Trinity College Dublin, which the staff member wishes the Review Panel to take into account.
The application form for Personal Circumstances must be used by all candidates who wish their Personal Circumstances to be taken into account at the time of the application for review.
The Personal Circumstances may include, but are not limited to: protective leave (for example, maternity, adoptive, parental, paternity or carer's leave); long-term caring responsibilities; illness; inability to travel abroad or to undertake field work. They may be ongoing circumstances or situations of a fixed duration; the applicant is invited to indicate the time period involved.
Employment on a part-time contract basis does not of itself qualify as a Personal Circumstance. Applicants employed on a part-time contract of employment may include in their application any Personal Circumstances in the same manner as full time staff.
Accommodation for Personal Circumstances may be allocated to an applicant where a prima facie case for Personal Circumstances is accepted by the Chair of the Committee and the Secretary to the Committee prior to the meeting of the Committee. It shall then be incumbent upon the Chair to ensure that the Committee is aware that Personal Circumstances apply to an applicant and how they might be appropriately taken into account / their probable impact on the applicant's application for progression.
The information provided will be kept in accordance with the University's records management and data protection as outlined as per Trinity's Data Protection Policy and the University's Privacy Statement.
Information provided will only be considered for the review ticked at this time. A new application must be made for each new promotion review to be considered.
Information provided to review panels
The information provided by a candidate on their Personal Circumstances is strictly confidential to key HR staff. The information provided will not be discussed with the relevant panel other than the Chair of the Committee, as required.
The Chair shall indicate to the Committee the probable impact of the Personal Circumstances on the candidate's application for promotion without disclosing their specific nature.
This form must be completed and returned to the HR Staff Performance and Review Team prior to the closing date of application for promotion. If not received by this time, your application will not be considered.
Please return the completed form by e-mail to email@example.com prior to the closing date of application for review. By submitting your application electronically, you are declaring that the information you are providing is factually correct. Confirmation of receipt of your Personal Circumstances Form will be sent to the email address you entered on the form.
Please note: the HR Staff Performance and Review Team will not enter any discussion verbally with an applicant. All correspondence will be by e-mail. Confirmation of receipt of your Personal Circumstances Form will be sent to the e-mail address you entered on this form within 2 working days.
Frequently Asked Questions
HR Web pages: https://www.tcd.ie/hr/
All General Information: https://www.tcd.ie/hr/spr/promotion-progression/jun-aca-progression.php
Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.tcd.ie/hr/faq/junior-academic-progressions-call.php
The policy and the criteria: https://www.tcd.ie/hr/assets/pdf/procedure46a-asst-prof-progression.pdf
Head of School Report: https://www.tcd.ie/hr/assets/doc/procedure46a-head-of-school-discipline-report-junaca.docx
Salary Scales: https://www.tcd.ie/hr/assets/pdf/monthly-academic.pdf
Register with the RSS: https://www.tcd.ie/rssregister
Access the RSS: http://rss.tcd.ie
RSS User guides: MyRSS Video 1: Register Login and Locate (mp4, 1.59 minutes), MyRSS Video 2: Overview, Navigation, Adding and Editing (mp4, 2.56 minutes)
E-recruitment user guides: E-Recruitment User Guide (pdf 1.2mb)