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Rewarding exceptional performance


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. Nominations are welcomed for all staff during the nomination window. Applications for Professional Services staff will then be assessed by Local Management Panels. The nominations for academic and research staff will be reviewed by School and Faculty Promotions Committees who will share their timetables locally.

Completing the new Rewarding Exceptional Performance Nomination Form

Nominations are now only accepted by completion of the new MS Forms nomination form - submissions will go directly to the Reward and Benefits Team in the first instance and then disseminated to your People & OD Partner. MS Word forms will not be accepted.

*Please note that you need to have the employee job description and supporting documents to hand before you begin the form. 

Nomination window 2022-2023

Nominations are accepted between 12 January 2023 and 28 February 2023. 

Further information

If you have any enquiries about the policy and scheme, please contact your People and Organisational Development Partner, whose contact details are available at: