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Reward at University of Bradford

The University is currently undertaking a review of its reward offering.  If you are a current member of staff you will find more information, including all our policies, on HR ServiceNow.

Performance Recognition

Performance Recognition (PRS) is the means for managers to recommend a reward for exceptional contribution or performance of an individual within their current grade.

Exceptional contribution or performance can be recognised in the following ways, depending on the nature of the contribution and the salary point on which the individual member is currently placed:

  • An award of a spine point increment or contribution point - individuals receive an accelerated progression through the annual increments for exceptional development within grade or receive an indefinite increment to one of the contribution points above the normal grade ceiling, if they have reached the maximum of the grade. This would be appropriate when an individual member of staff is making an exceptional sustained contribution in relation to meeting objectives and in relation to other staff on the same grade.
  • Non-superannuable bonus payments - individuals receive a one-off bonus payment, regardless of the point on the scale that they are currently placed. This would be appropriate for those staff who have performed exceptionally during the previous year but have no track record of sustained performance or those who have made an exceptional contribution to the delivery of a one-off project.

This scheme is operated by Deans and Directors at different points throughout the academic year.

Long Service Awards

The Long Service Award scheme recognises employees who have completed 25 and 40 years continuous service with the University. 

The award scheme is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution our employees make to the success of the University and to recognise the hard work, contribution and commitment that delivers our successess.  

An award ceremony takes place each year which is hosted by the Vice-Chancellor and the Director of HR & OD. 

Eligible employees receive an invitation to the awards ceremony which consists of a drinks reception, three-course meal and a presentation of a certificate and a gift voucher.  There is also the opportunity for a photograph to record the occasion. 

Long Service Awards Event 2017

The Long Service Awards event 2017 will be held on Thursday 23rd November 5pm - 8pm.

The event will start with a drinks reception at 5pm following which guests will be seated for a presentation and dinner. 

For further information see Long Service Scheme




The University holds the following re-grading panels annually:

Support Staff Grade 1-10 Four times a year
Academic Grade 8-9 Twice a year
Academic & Research

All research grades and

academic grade 9-10

Twice a year
Professor & Reader Grade 10-12 Twice a year

Application for re-grading can commence following an annual performance review and will usually be as a result of a change to the role or business requirements where the employee has taken on the new requirements, or in the case of academic re-grades where the level of experience has increased to the appropriate level to support additional duties at the higher grade.    

Senior Staff Annual Pay and Performance Review

This process is applicable to all senior managers (Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor roles, Deans of Faculties, and Directors of Professional Services Directorates) and Professors and any other member of staff on Grade 11 and above. 

The process commences with the annual performance review which covers the academic and financial year - 1 August to 31 July.  The reward review for all senior managers and senior staff will take place following the performance review and is approved by Remuneration Committee.  

The effective date for the annual review of salary or payment of bonus is 1 December.