- The University has established a mechanism for rewarding and recognising the exceptional personal contributions of a minority of staff employed on the Senior Lecturer/Reader and Grade 10 scales. This is in response to an indication from Heads of Schools/Support Departments that there exists a small group of staff who, whilst not necessarily meeting the criteria for further promotion, nevertheless merit reward, over and above the existing flexibility to award discretionary increments and performance-related merit awards.
- The scheme aims to recognise an individual's outstanding and sustained personal performance/contribution to the School/University and to aid the retention of these members of staff.
- The scheme will operate as follows:
a) an additional discretionary range of six salary points, above the existing maximum discretionary points on the Senior Lecturer/Reader and Grade 10 scales has been created;
b) this additional discretionary range is non-incremental (ie an individual may be awarded 1 to 5 additional discretionary point(s) but will not automatically progress along the scale);
c) assimilation to the additional discretionary range will normally only be available for staff who are already at the existing maximum discretionary points on the Senior Lecturer/Reader and Grade 10 scales:
d) the award of additional discretionary points will be at the discretion of the Vice-Chancellor and will be on the basis of a recommendation from the relevant Head of School/Support Department;
e) the Vice-Chancellor will report on the detail of his use of the additional discretionary range to the Remuneration Committee at its meeting in July of each year;
f) the additional discretionary range comprises of six salary points, representing incremental steps (2.8%) equivalent to the average increment on the substantive Senior Lecturer/Reader and Grade 10 scales (see current salary scales for details):
the additional discretionary range provides a maximum above Aston's current minimum professorial salary;
Aston has already implemented local discretionary points for some other grades.
- When carrying out the annual Performance-Related Pay Review, Heads of Schools/Support Departments will be advised, when considering the award of a merit payment to staff on the additional discretionary range, to have regard to:
the fact that a particular member of staff is already in receipt of an additional discretionary amount in recognition of outstanding personal merit, and:
any honorarium already being received by a member of staff in recognition of holding an Appointed Office of the University/School or other additional role for a fixed period.
4 November, 2002
Approved by Council
12 February 2003
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