Many British academics believe that teaching excellence is not as highly valued as research achievement. This belief is strengthened by successive Government research assessment exercises and is particularly prevalent in medical education where it is often perceived that teaching contributions are less well recognized and rewarded than clinical and research activities. We reviewed higher education promotion policies in the UK and assessed the extent to which promotions criteria make it possible for staff to be promoted for major achievements in education rather than research. 'Old' and 'new' universities and medical colleges and faculties were very similar in their inclusion of teaching excellence as a criterion for promotion. Half of the policies indicated that teaching excellence is an essential prerequisite for promotion to senior lecturer but only a quarter give it the same priority for readership and professorship. Medical colleges and faculties need increased emphasis on achievement in teaching as a criterion for promotion. In view of the current curricular changes in medical education, this will be an important motivating factor.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Education for Health|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1997|
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