Our process for approval and renewal information will inform you how to invite an Honorary scholar to the University.

Process for approval and renewal

Honorary appointments below the level of Honorary Professor

  • All honorary appointments should be proposed by an established member of academic staff at the University. The proposer should complete the Honorary Appointment Proposal Form (PD14 Honorary Appointment Proposal Form), setting out the reasons for the proposal.
  • Proposals for appointment/renewal of honorary appointments below the level of Honorary Professor must be approved by the College Dean.
  • The completed form should then be forwarded to Employee Services in Human Resources who will write to the honorary appointment confirming their appointment.

Honorary Professor and Clinical/Honorary Professor

  • All honorary appointments should be proposed by an established member of academic staff at the University. The proposer  should complete the Honorary Appointment Proposal Form (PD14 Honorary Appointment Proposal Form), setting out the reasons for the proposal.
  • Proposals for appointment/renewal of Honorary Professor/Clinical Honorary Professor will be referred to the appropriate Deputy Vice-Chancellor and/or the Vice Chancellor’s Executive Group for approval.
  • Requests for the title of Honorary Professor/Clinical Honorary Professor will be approved by to the appropriate Deputy Vice-Chancellor for approval if the nominee already holds a full professorship elsewhere (and then reported to the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Group)
  • Otherwise, the proposal will require the approval of both the appropriate Deputy Vice-Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Group.

For the criteria for each honorary appointment title, see the guidance in Honorary appointments.

Colleges should not put a proposed start date on the proposal form which is earlier than the date the form is sent to Human Resources. Rather, Colleges should allow two months for this process to be completed and longer where a Certificate of Sponsorship is required (see Visa rules for honorary appointments from outside the European Economic Area for more information).

Honorary appointment proposal form

Types of honorary appointment

Level of Honorary AppointmentCriteria
Honorary Professor To be conferred on a person with involvement in the University that is regular and significant. The appointee should be of an academic standing equivalent to that of Professor. There must be a substantial connection with the University and the candidate must be academically qualified for the status. They will be a leading international authority in their subject including an outstanding contribution to education or research or both.
Honorary Associate Professor

The title Honorary Associate Professor should be conferred on a person who would be deemed appropriate for such an appointment within the University. The candidate must be academically qualified for the status proposed. The individual must be a leading authority in the subject with an international reputation. The individual will also normally have experience of, and a demonstrated commitment towards fostering excellence in
research and/or education. This may include contributions as a research lead or principal investigator, or leadership/management responsibilities. The proposed individual should contribute at an appropriately high level to the academic work of the University.

Honorary Senior Lecturer The title Honorary Senior Lecturer should be conferred on a person who would be deemed appropriate for such an appointment within the University. The candidate must be academically qualified for the status proposed. The individual must be an externally recognised authority in the broader subject area. The proposed individual should contribute at a significant high level to the academic work of the University as a research contributor and/or with educational responsibilities which may include research, teaching, examinations, admissions, student support or management.
Honorary Lecturer The title Honorary Lecturer should be conferred on a person who would be deemed appropriate for such an appointment within the University. The candidate must be academically qualified for the status proposed. The individual must be an externally recognised authority in their specialism. The proposed individual should make a contribution to the academic work of the University as a research collaborator and/or teacher which may include research, teaching, examinations, admissions, student support or management.
Honorary Senior Research Fellow To be conferred on a person in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the University with particular reference to research activity. Evidence of outstanding ability judged by research publications and ability to attract external funding. The candidate would have a high level of responsibility, a nationally recognised reputation in the research area and a developing international reputation Candidates may already hold, or have held, similar, substantive positions at recognised universities. A PhD will be required.
Honorary Research Fellow The title is offered in recognition of a significant contribution to research in collaboration with University staff. Candidates may already hold, or have held, similar, substantive positions at recognised universities. A higher degree (PhD) is required.
Honorary Associate Research Fellow Visitors who will be making a positive contribution to research but whose qualifications/ experience do not fulfil the criteria for the title of Honorary University Fellow.

 

Types of clinical honorary appointment (Medical School only)

Level of Honorary AppointmentCriteria
Honorary Clinical Professor To be conferred on an individual typically working in a clinical organisation associated with the University. The appointee should normally be a senior clinician of an academic standing equivalent to that of Professor. Criteria for consideration for award of the title may include an outstanding contribution to research, education, and/or leadership in a clinical domain. The proposed individual should contribute at an appropriately high level to the academic work of the University.
Honorary Clinical Associate Professor

The title Honorary Clinical Associate Professor to be conferred on an individual typically working in a clinical organisation associated with the University The appointee should normally be a senior clinician of an equivalent standing to that of Associate Professor. The individual will normally have experience of, and a demonstrated commitment towards fostering excellence in research, education and/or clinical leadership.
This may include contributions as a research lead or principal investigator, or leadership/management responsibilities. The proposed individual should contribute at an appropriately high level to the academic work of the University.

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer The title Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer should be conferred on an individual typically working in a clinical organisation associated with the University e.g. AfC grade 7 or above, consultant, qualified GP. The individual must be a senior clinician who is an externally recognised authority in their subject area. The proposed individual should make a significant contribution to the academic work of the University which may include research, teaching, examinations, admissions, student support or management.
Honorary Clinical Lecturer The title Honorary Clinical Lecturer should be conferred on an individual typically working in a clinical organisation associated with the University eg AfC grades 5-6, specialty registrar, GP registrar. The individual must be a clinician who possesses sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to work within established teaching and/or research programmes. The proposed individual should make a contribution to the academic work of the University which may include research, teaching, examinations, admissions, student support or management.
Honorary Clinical Senior Research Fellow To be conferred on a person in recognition of outstanding contribution to the University with particular reference to research activity. The individual will normally be a senior member of NHS staff eg consultant, GP, AfC band 7, who is involved with research and either holds or is studying for a higher degree.
Honorary Clinical Research Fellow To be conferred on a person in recognition of outstanding contribution to the University with particular reference to research activity. The individual will normally be a senior member of NHS staff eg specialty registrar, GP registrar, AfC band 5-6, who is involved with research and either holds or is studying for a higher degree.
Honorary Clinical Associate Research Fellow Someone who is employed by the NHS and who undertakes research either full-time or part-time under the supervision of a member of the academic staff of the University.