Welcome to the Academic Careers Framework (ACF) website

A central part of the first stage of Transforming Lives is the Hallam Deal which sets out the University’s commitment to you and what the University expects in return. The Academic Careers Framework (ACF) is a cornerstone of the Hallam Deal for all academic colleagues.

The ACF was launched as a pilot in June 2018 and, following a process of feedback and evaluation, has been revised and was republished in June 2019.

The framework translates Transforming Lives into a set of indicators that show the contribution academics can make in order to develop a successful career and help Sheffield Hallam realise its ambitions. It recognises achievement across the full range of academic activities that shape the University’s identity.

The ACF sets out expectations for academic achievement, across four strands:

  • Academic citizenship and leadership (AC&L)
  • Research and innovation (R&I)
  • Teaching and learning (T&L)
  • External and professional engagement (E&PE)

Download the Academic Careers Framework (ACF) PDF v4 (324kb)

How to use the ACF

The ACF is a central part of the Performance and Development Review (PDR) process for academic staff. The indicators of achievement in the ACF indicate the expectations at each grade. It’s designed to help you and your reviewer agree objectives and reflect on your current contribution, development and career ambitions and plans as part of the PDR process.