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Merit Awards - Contribution Related Points/Accelerated Advancement Points


Introduction

Contribution Related Points (CRPs) are the salary levels beyond the top of each grade on the University pay scales. Contribution Related Points are awarded exceptionally on a permanent basis to recognise outstanding performance.  Accelerated Advancement Points (AAs) provide for additional increments within each grade on the University pay scales.  Accelerated Advancement awards are also awarded exceptionally to recognise outstanding performance.

CRPs and AAs will be considered on an annual basis and will be available to all groups of staff.

CRPs and AAs will be awarded based on evidence of particular success, effectiveness or merit in leadership, learning and teaching, research skills and strategies, administration, teamwork, job related skills enhancement, meeting of goals and targets, and customer satisfaction.

Contribution needs to be both measurable and demonstrable in order to ensure the award process is fair and equitable to all staff. Any award will be based on written evidence and should relate clearly to the objectives of the post. In all cases a report and recommendation from the Dean of School/School Manager/Director will be required in addition to a copy of the individual’s current HERA role outline form and/or job description.

Individuals must be nominated by their Dean of School/School Manager/Director for CRPs/AAs and there is no self-nomination process.

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Procedure

There will be two Committees to consider the nominations for CRPs and AAs and these will be called Merit Award Committees:

1)    Academic and Research roles: The Academic Merit Award Committee will consider all requests for CRPs and AAs for academic and research staff.  The Committee will comprise the VP Academic Planning and Performance (Chair) and the Deans. An HR Officer will attend to note the decisions and to advise on procedure.

2)    Professional Services roles (Academic Related, Technical, Clerical, Manual): The Professional Services Merit Award Committee will consider all requests for CRPs and AAs for staff within Professional Services (whether based in the Schools or Directorates). The Committee will comprise the University Secretary (Chair), the Director of HR and OD, 2 other Directors, a Dean and a School Manager. An HR Officer will attend to note the decisions and to advise on procedure.

In submitting any case for consideration for CRPs and AAs, the Dean/School Manager/Director must be satisfied that the individual is excelling in one or more areas of his or her work. For CRPs, this means they must be significantly outperforming the requirements within their current role profile.  For AAs, this means that they must be significantly outperforming the requirements normally expected of an individual at their stage of progression within their current role profile.

It should be noted that progress through the incremental points of the University pay scale grade rewards staff for their contribution, delivery and output and once they arrive at the top of their grade, they are expected to be fully competent in all aspects of their job, experienced and able to deal with a number of exceptional circumstances that arise in the course of their work. This should be considered normal, satisfactory performance.

To be considered for a CRP beyond the top of the pay scale grade, or an AA within the pay scale grade, the Dean/School Manager/Director must be able to describe how they have significantly outperformed the requirements of their current role profile, or the requirements normally expected at their stage of progression within their current role profile, in one or more areas and the extent to which this has benefited the Discipline/ School/Directorate/University.

It is also important to ensure that the types of outcomes that are taken into account are likely to be sustainable from one year to the next.

To be eligible for a Merit Award, staff must have completed the University's mandatory online Equality, Diversity & Inclusion training.

In considering nominations for CRPs and AAs, Deans/School Managers/Directors are requested to consider staff at all levels within their School/Directorate, but giving particular attention to staff undertaking important but routine roles.  It is also important that if Deans/School Managers/Directors feel that they have experienced an outstanding level of support and/or an excellent level of service from someone who works within another area, this feedback is provided to the respective Dean/School Manager/Director. This may support a case for a CRP or AA that this Dean/School Manager/Director may wish to put forward for their member of staff and/or allow appropriate feedback to be given to the member of staff.

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Nominations Process

For nominations to be considered for a Merit Award - Contribution Related Points (CRPs)/Accelerated Advancement (AAs) must be completed, and detailed information provided about one or more substantial pieces of work that merits one or more contribution points or accelerated advancement. In addition, the individual’s current HERA form and/or job description, together with an organisational chart must be attached in order to assess excellent performance against the requirements of the current job role.

Please note that for CRPs it is only staff who are at the top of their grade in the current year (i.e. at 1 January YYYY) or staff who are already on a CRP that are eligible.

Date of Implementation of CRPs/AAs : If a CRP/AA is awarded, it will be effective from the following dates:

Support StaffAcademic & Related Staff
1 August YYYY 1 October YYYY

Looking to this current year for CRPs:

Only staff who are at the top of their grade as at 1 January 2019, or staff who are already on a CRP, are eligible.

University Salary scale

If a CRP/AA is awarded, it will be effective from the following dates:

Support StaffAcademic & Related Staff
1 August 2019 1 October 2019

Please note that a HERA role outline form or current job description, together with an organisational chart, must form part of this submission to be considered.

All submissions must be received in the School/Directorate HR office by Wednesday, 31 July 2019.

 

Dates for Merit Award Committees in 2019: 

Professional Services: 8 October 2019

Academic & Research: 1 October 2019

 

Evidence for Nomination

Evidence of particular success, effectiveness and merit may be in the following areas:

Teaching & Learning

 

Research

 

Administration

 

Operational

 

Note : The above examples are not exhaustive

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