Applications for renewal of honorary senior lecturer positions within the School of Medicine will be assessed based on the following performance criteria:

  • Educational criteria including teaching, educational scholarship, educational leadership and contribution.
  • Research/Scholarship criteria including research productivity, impact, innovation and research leadership and contribution.

The criteria are mapped to the university promotion guidance for senior lecturer (SL) positions and are aligned to the university/college values. The criteria presented below represent an indicative rather than an exhaustive list of evidence to support nomination under the NUI Galway Academic Clinician Advancement Programme (ACAP).  Criteria are categorised as essential or desirable in relation to the staff grade of honorary senior lecturer.

Teaching Criteria (plus educational leadership and community contributions)

Candidates for honorary appointments will be expected to contribute strongly to the teaching, learning and assessment of undergraduate and postgraduate students locally and/or in a wider context. Evidence of teaching and leadership should include:

  1.       Evidence of meeting the essential criteria i-iii.
  2.       Evidence of meeting two or more of the desirable criteria iv-xv

The depth of achievement required in any area will depend on the range of areas in which achievements have been made.

Essential criteria

i. Significant and sustained contribution to teaching, supervision and mentoring of undergraduate and postgraduate students in the School of Medicine and clinical training. This may include:

         a. Teaching and assessing learners within University/School undergraduate and postgraduate education programmes including lectures, seminars, tutorials, demonstration and small group coaching.

         b. Regular and ongoing provision of clinical training in field of expertise.

ii. A regular rating of teaching performance as satisfactory or excellent. This evidence may include, but need not be limited to, feedback from peer observation of teaching, external examiners’ reports, student evaluations and teaching awards.

iii. Incorporation of new approaches in curriculum design, content and delivery into the applicant’s teaching which has been evaluated and found to be successful.  This includes the development and implementation of new undergraduate or graduate/clinical programmes, courses and the revision of existing programmes or courses.

Desirable criteria

iv. A sustained contribution to educational research as demonstrated by

         a. Educational publications in peer reviewed journals, presentation of educational research or developments at national or international conferences

         b. Successful application for external funding for educational research or for innovation and development of teaching and learning as principal applicant.

v. Evidence of successful dissemination and uptake by others of new teaching approaches or content developed by the applicant. This could include new graduate training programmes, CPD programmes, undergraduate programmes/courses, curriculum development/ workshops, publications or web sites. This could also include evidence of collaboration with colleagues in development of new materials and approaches that have been taken up by others.

vi. Evidence of excellent achievement by graduates of the applicant’s teaching/supervision as demonstrated by student awards, external examiners’ reports, prize adjudication, etc.

vii. Regular participation in educational continuing professional development designed to improve the applicant’s teaching/learning skills, raise awareness of educational issues, etc.

viii. The production and publication of high quality materials (which may include materials developed for e-learning courses) and/or textbooks to support and develop students’ learning.

ix. Evidence of providing high quality academic guidance and mentoring for more junior academic, clinical colleagues or undergraduate medical students. (Would expect to be supported by student accounts of supervision).

x. Acting as an external examiner in another institution, or as a member of an examining or accrediting panel for a professional institute, or membership of a Quality Assurance Agency assessment/audit panel.

xi. Contributions to substantial improvements in the quality of education conducted within NUI Galway and the School of Medicine through engagement in undergraduate or postgraduate curriculum committees, academic year committees, student affairs committees etc. .

xii. Substantial contribution to intellectual, cultural, social and economic life at institutional, regional, national and international levels.

xiii. Beneficial influence on the development or application of public or professional policy or practice including the development of educational materials that contribute to the development or implementation of public healthcare policy and practice in area of clinical specialty.

xiv. Contribution to the School of Medicine’s/University’s income generation through the attraction of philanthropic donations by virtue of his/her professional reputation and conduct as a clinician, medical educator and/or biomedical investigator.

xv. Contribution to the School of Medicine’s/University’s income generation through consultancy activities that exploit his/her professional knowledge or experience as a clinician, medical educator and/or biomedical investigator.

Research & Innovation Criteria (plus research leadership and contribution)

Candidates for honorary appointments will be assessed on the extent of national and international recognition as a researcher and scholar in their chosen field. For renewal of honorary senior lecturer status evidence of research contribution and leadership should include:

  1. Evidence of meeting the essential criteria i-iii.
  2. Evidence of meeting two or more of the desirable criteria iv-xix

The depth of achievement required in any area will depend on the range of areas in which achievements have been made.

Essential criteria

i. Evidence of having national and/or international standing and recognition in a discipline or field of study, as demonstrated through a substantial record of high quality outputs:

         a. Evidence of a significant volume of past and ongoing publication of sole or jointly authored articles or papers in peer reviewed journals of high international reputation / impact; (consistent with discipline norms).

         b. Substantial record of published peer reviewed conference proceedings.

         c. Completion of major research reports as the outcomes of research projects or funded consultancies;

         d. Completion of one or more sole author or edited books that reflect original research. If co-edited, the applicant’s contribution must be substantial;

         e. Publication of sole or jointly authored chapters in prestigious and/or well-received books.

ii. Evidence of successful applications for research funding for research projects and other innovation work

         a. As principal applicant;

         b. As co-applicant

iii. Evidence of significant standing at national or international level in the candidate’s discipline through one or more of the following:

         a. Election to national or international societies;

         b. Service on Government advisory bodies;

         c. Involvement at a senior level in one or more professional bodies;

         d. Receipt of academic honours such as prizes for research and/or innovation.

Desirable criteria

iv. Evidence of significant standing at national or international level in editorial and refereeing activity through one or more of the following:

         a. Editorship of a substantial journal;

         b. Membership of journal editorial boards;

         c. Regular activity as a referee for national and/or international journals;

         d. Regular involvement in refereeing research proposals at national and/or international level;

v. Evidence of new intellectual property generated as a result of own investigations or investigations conducted within team led by the nominee including the successful application and granting of patents and licences.

vi. Evidence of high-quality collaborative research with clinicians or academics in the University, nationally and internationally.

vii. Evidence of invitations to prepare expert reports or literature reviews in field of expertise that are published in internationally respected books and journals.

viii. Evidence of the successful recruitment of masters, MD or PhD research students, of the supervision of such students, and of the successful submission of completed theses. Evidence of provision of research guidance and mentoring to more junior academic colleagues.

ix. Evidence of success in the management and long-term support of a significant research group through acquisition of funding from a variety of external sources.

x. Evidence of strong research interactions with the local, regional and/or national industrial/commercial/public sectors over an extended period through regionally and nationally funded schemes, with clear and defined benefits.

xi. Organisation of significant national/international research conferences.

xii. Evidence of substantial public dissemination of research in media outlets, print and/or broadcast.

xiii. Substantial record of external examining of research theses.

xiv. Leadership in the development and provision of clinical services, improvements in the quality of healthcare, improvements in the utilisation of resources and evidence of improved patient outcomes.

xv. Membership of government and international advisory bodies, committees of enquiry and international delegations relevant to field of clinical expertise.

xvi. Contribution to public awareness of field of clinical specialty through participation in media exchanges.

xvii. Other selfless acts or series of actions that benefit colleagues within clinical or university community and which furthers the establishment of a world class healthcare service and/or international leadership as a centre for clinical research.

xviii. Contribution to the School of Medicine’s/University’s income generation through the attraction of philanthropic donations by virtue of his/her professional reputation and conduct as a clinician, medical educator and/or biomedical investigator.

xix. Contribution to the School of Medicine’s/University’s income generation through consultancy activities that exploit his/her professional knowledge or experience as a clinician, medical educator and/or biomedical investigator.