CoS Academic Performance Standards Guidelines

Published in the Research School of Physics Event Horizon
Vol44 Issue17 29 April–3 May 2019

Dear all

The College of Science (CoS) Executive Committee, which includes all of the CoS School Directors, last week endorsed the newly-developed College of Science Academic Performance Standards Guidelines which are now posted on the intranet.  They are linked from the intranet homepage (under ‘Quick links’) on the Promotion and Performance page.

The document is intended to guide Academic staff and their supervisors in the annual Performance Development Review (PDR) discussions and in the process of applying for promotion.  It provides an overview of different aspects of the performance expected of Academic staff, at each of the different Academic levels, in each of four domains: Research, Education, Service and Behaviour.  It also sets out suggested PDR Discussion Points for each of these four domains.

In developing these guidelines we have tried to recognise the diversity of activities that are undertaken by Academic staff, as well as the fact that the portfolio of activities undertaken by Academic staff varies from person to person.

The section on expectations with regard to staff behaviour has not appeared in previous such documents.  Most of these expectations are applicable to staff at all levels, but the document does highlight in particular the expectation that senior (Level E) staff encourage and facilitate the independence of more junior academic staff.

The College of Science Academic Performance Standards Guidelines will be used in assessing applications for promotion in the coming round and it is important that anyone contemplating applying for promotion, as well as their supervisor, be familiar with them.

The guidelines are the result of a considerable body of work by a number of groups, including the College of Science Research Committee (Chaired by Penny King, RSES) and the Joint Colleges Education Committee (chaired by Anna Cowan, Deputy-Dean Education).  I, and my colleagues on the College Executive, are grateful to both, as well as to Nancy Richardson who played a key role in putting it all together.


With best wishes,




Professor Kiaran Kirk


ANU College of Science

The Australian National University

Canberra  ACT  2601  AUSTRALIA



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