Policy for Emeritus Professors

  1. In recognition of distinguished service to the University of Exeter, the title of Emeritus Professor will be conferred on any Professor of the University at, or after, retirement.
  2. Retiring Professors do not apply for Emeritus status.  It is conferred "automatically" unless the PVC has reason to recommend otherwise.  The conferring of the title is not subject to agreement by the Senate or Council.
  3. The title Emeritus Professor will allow the retiring professor to maintain their IT and Library access but it does not confer any rights to an office or desk space and they shall not be entitled to such to serve on any University body or to exercise any administrative or executive function.
  4. Similarly there are no expectations of work placed on Emeritus Professors.  The title is purely honorary. Some Emeritus Professors choose to remain involved in the University's development and this would be done on a voluntary basis.  Emeritus status does not prevent a professor being paid for any occasional work they are requested to do (any payment would be paid through the claims payroll at an agreed hourly rate).
  5. On ceremonial occasions Emeritus Professors shall rank in precedence before Professors.
  6. All retiring Professors who are granted Emeritus status will receive confirmation of this from the University HR Director and confirmation of their status will be supplied to the University IT and Library services so that their access to these will be maintained.