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Rewarding exceptional performance

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The University’s Rewarding Exceptional Performance policy rewards two types of exceptional performance by members of staff:

Exceptional performance

  • Where a member of staff has undertaken a one-off task or project work.
  • The reward is a payment of up to the value of one increment.

Sustained exceptional performance

  • Where a member of staff has made an exceptional contribution which has been sustained for a period of at least six months and is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
  • The reward is advancement to the next point on the salary scale (or, for those at top of their scale, a contribution point).

How to nominate

Nominations are usually made by line managers for staff or teams that they believe merit this award. Members of staff can nominate themselves but are encouraged to discuss this with their line manager.

Nomination window 2020 - 2021

Nominations will be welcomed for staff in Professional Services and Cultural Institutions between Thursday, 7 January and Friday, 26 February 2020, where they will then be assessed by Local Management Panels. The nominations for academic and research staff are reviewed by School and Faculty Promotions Committees who will share their timetables locally. The nomination window was launched on StaffNet on Wednesday 16th December 2020.

Further information

If you have any enquiries about the policy, please contact your HR Partner, whose contact details are available at: