The attainment of Tenure is an important step in the professional life of all Faculty. This page provides information on the award of Tenure, the benefits of tenure, the application process and more.
Tenure and its benefits
The award of tenure recognises the successful completion of the probation and induction processes and the attainment of a standard of performance and engagement consistent with full academic privileges. Tenue confers the right to enjoy the full protection of the Universities Act, 1997 in relation to terms and conditions of employment, to be a voting member of the College to which your School is affiliated, and to be a member of your School Committee.
Lecturer/Assistant Professors can apply to be awarded Tenure during the final year of their induction period, the Tenure Committee may, if requested by the Head of School and College Principal, waive the final period of induction.
Induction periods of 3 years normally apply to all permanent Lecturer/Assistant Professor appointments. Induction, which is distinct from probation, is designed to assist the employee to satisfy the requirements for the award of tenure and to develop a career path that may lead to promotion. It is a phase of supported development where Lecturer/Assistant Professors are encouraged to develop across the three core aspects of their role as academics.
In some circumstances, part of this period may be waived for Lecturers/Assistant Professor who have a Doctorate and substantial, relevant academic experience or Faculty appointed as Associate Professor.
On successful completion of probation and/or induction, Tenure will be awarded by Academic Council on the recommendation of the Tenure Committee which acts upon the advice of Schools/Colleges.
Read more about the tenure and what's required in the Induction and Award of Tenure to the Grades of Lecturer Assistant Professor Associate Professor Policy
Tenure application process
Step 1: You should forward the following documents to UCD HR, Promotions and Grading by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org in line with the specified closing date. The award of tenure process normally opens in June of each year with a closing date in late August/early September.
Applications must be submitted as a single PDF document in the following order:
- One copy of the completed Award of Tenure Application Form
- One copy of your Curriculum Vitae (maximum number of four single sided A4 pages. CV's exceeding this limit will be returned). Your CV should include:
- Details of previous work experience
- Evidence of satisfactory performance of lecturing and other teaching duties
- Evidence of satisfactory engagement in research and scholarship as evidenced by publication in appropriate journals and/or books by academic publishers and/or postgraduate supervision etc
- Evidence of satisfactory involvement in the activities of the School (see policy on HR website for details)
- (CVs exceeding the page limit will be returned)
- One copy of your list of publications.
- One copy of your Head of School’s recommendation. (Please note: you can attach this document to your application or your Head of School can forward it directly to UCD HR Promotions & Grading on or before the closing date and it will be added to your application).
Step 2: The Tenure Committee meet (annually) to assess applications for the award of tenure. The President will in accordance with Statute 6 (Chapter 17 Schools) shall assign Lecturers/Assistant Professors and Associate Professors to a School.
Step 3: Following the Tenure Committee meeting you will be informed, in writing, of the recommendation of the Tenure Committee.
Step 4: The President will in accordance with Statute 6 (Chapter 17 Schools) shall assign Lecturers/Assistant Professors and Associate Professors to a School. And the list of recommended candidates will be communicated to the Academic Council for ratification.
Appealing a tenure decision
- Applicants who are not recommended for Tenure will have the right of appeal to the Tenure Committee.
- Appeals must be lodged, in writing, to UCD HR Promotions & Grading within 20 working days of receipt of confirmation that an application has been unsuccessful.
- The Tenure Committee reviews all appeal documentation and make a determination.
- The Tenure Committee’s decision will be the final level of appeal internal to the University.
Frequently Asked Questions
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If you hold a permanent post of lecturer and you have successfully completed the probation and induction period you are eligible to apply for the award of Tenure. More details can be found in the policy.
The Head of School must comment on the Lecturer/Assistant Professor’s performance throughout the probation/induction period, against the tenure requirements, as appropriate
Where it is the recommendation of the Head of School that the requirements for tenure have not been satisfied and that tenure be withheld, s/he should document her/his recommendation, but also the reasons for it, and the remedial plan that has been agreed with the Lecturer/Assistant Professor to ensure that the tenure requirements will be satisfied in the future.
No, the first year of your induction period will run concurrently with the probationary period
Faculty appointed as Associate Professor will not be required to complete an induction period. Please review the policy for full details on induction periods.
You should check your Contract of Employment to see what was specified regarding the probation and induction period. You should also read the policy. If, having read both documents, you are still unsure if you are eligible you should contact UCD HR, Promotions & Grading.
Once you have satisfactorily completed your probationary period you are deemed to be a permanent member of staff of the University.