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DCU Research Career Framework

Performance Management Development Scheme (PMDS)

Roles and Responsibilities
Appeals Mechanism


Ideally there should be no need for an appeals mechanism. However the reviewee can make an appeal if they do not agree with the objections that are being set for the following year. The appeal should be made in writing to the next most senior member in the School / Research Centre. If the reviewer is the Principal Investigator the appeal should be made to the Head of School / Research Centre. If the reviewer is a nominated reviewer the appeal should be made to the Principal Investigator. If the reviewer is the Head of School / Research Centre the appeal should be made to the Executive Dean. The steps outlined below should be followed:

  • If agreement regarding the setting of objectives cannot be reached during the meeting, the meeting should be rescheduled for a later date. This will allow both parties to reconsider their options in relation to the objectives they should set.
  • If following the rescheduled meeting agreement still cannot be reached, the reviewee should put the reason for the non agreement in writing to the Head of School / Research Centre.
  • The Head of School / Research Centre will meet with the Reviewer to discuss the reviewees concerns. Following that meeting, the Head of School / Research Centre will confirm details of his / her decision in relation to the objectives being set.
If the reviewee has a concern about the nominated reviewer, they should raise this with the Principal Investigator in the first instance. The reviewee should outline their concerns in full and in writing to the Principal Investigator who will consider nominating an alternative reviewer.