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Early Career Academic Development Programme

Offering comprehensive support and rewards to help progress our early career academics.


Early Career Academics

NTU has a thriving academic community, and it’s one where you’ll feel truly valued. We know our academics are central to our success as an award-winning university for researching and teaching.

We actively seek, and welcome talented early career academics and have an exciting development programme in place to support your progression, nurture your skills and help you build a highly successful and fulfilling career here at NTU.

Our Early Career Academic Development Programme has at its heart one of our key strategic ambitions – Empowering People. We do this by developing skills, recognising high performance and rewarding success.

If you are in the early stages of an academic career and are considering joining NTU, we can provide you with a challenging and rewarding programme that will help develop your talent, encourage your continued progression and reward your performance.

Tangible benefits for you

The development programme runs over three years and has a number of significant benefits:

  • supporting your career progression, based on clear and transparent expectations
  • providing an excellent platform for becoming an established academic and senior lecturer
  • providing accelerated career and pay progression
  • providing a range of support and development, including access to courses, training, coaching and mentoring
  • challenging and supporting you to perform well, fulfil your potential  and to achieve great things.

How the programme works

We provide a structured, consistent three-year development programme for early career academics to support you in progressing to senior lecturer. This takes the form of a set of achievement milestones, which clearly outline expectations throughout the development period. These milestones are mapped to our extensive development offer so it’s clear what support is available to you at each stage.

For early career lecturers, who have not already achieved Fellowship of the HEA or a postgraduate teaching qualification in higher education, one of our milestones is the achievement of the Level 7 Academic Professional Apprenticeship (APA), a degree apprenticeship, and we think the quality of our provision here at NTU is impressive. The APA focuses on work-based learning. The explicit link between research and teaching facilitates innovation and provides a firm foundation for building a successful academic career. It takes 15 months to complete.

We also have a range of milestones aligned to our three academic career pathways:

  • Teaching and Practice (T&P)
  • Teaching and Research (T&R)
  • Teaching and Scholarship (T&S)

All our pathways reflect the varied and valued contribution our academic colleagues make to support the delivery of our strategic ambitions. They recognise and reward the profile and standing of our teaching, research, scholarship and practice activity. We will discuss which pathway is most suitable for you based on your experience and ambitions.

If this is for you, check out our current vacancies and start your journey here with us at NTU.

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