Senior Appointments Panel (SAP)

The SAP consists of the Vice-Chancellor, the Registrar, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation). It advises the Vice-Chancellor on:

  • the ad hoc conferment of titles of distinction;
  • super-scale payments to Associate Professors for recruitment and retention purposes;
  • additional payments to substantive readers and professors for retention purposes;
  • the creation, grading and salaries for senior administrative posts (ALC6) and senior research posts (RSIV) and the appointment of individuals to such posts without advertisement.

The Reward Manager is Secretary to the SAP, and should always receive cases via the relevant divisional office under a cover letter from the Head of Division. SAP cases are dealt with off system and departments should therefore not raise a staff request until informed to do so by the division. The SAP meets monthly to consider cases, very pressing cases may be considered by correspondence.

When considering cases the SAP takes account of internal comparabilities, and evidence should always be provided to show that any proposed salary would not lead to unacceptable salary anomalies. Further information on the procedures can be found in the guidance on SAP Procedures.