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Emeritus Professors / Award of Honorary Titles

For individuals having an active academic association with the University, the award of an honorary title is available.  As agreed by the Human Resources Committee, the current procedures for the award of such honorary titles are as follows:

Visiting Professor or Fellow

The title of Visiting Professor may be awarded to persons of eminence who are considered to be of equivalent calibre to full professors of the University, that is, who would be short-listed if applying for a chair in the specific area/department.  The title may be awarded by the Vice-Chancellor and relevant Dean after consultation with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research).

The title of Visiting Fellow may be awarded to other persons considered to be of at least equivalent calibre to a lecturer, that is, who would be short-listed if applying for a lecturership in the specific area/department.  The title may be awarded by the relevant Dean after consultation with the appropriate Pro-Vice-Chancellor.  Retired non-professorial staff who maintain academic links with the University would be eligible for the title of Visiting Fellow.

In either circumstance, a Dean should prepare a case including a curriculum vitae, details of the involvement the candidate will have with the Department and any honorarium or office or other support facilities that are proposed.  For Visiting Professor or Fellow titles, a full title of Visiting Professor of (insert areas of specialism) should be provided.  Expenditure in excess of 10% of the maximum of the Lecturer salary scale would require the prior approval of the Operations Sub-Committee.  If the candidate is from a non-academic background please complete the application for award of the title of Visiting Professor or Fellow to a candidate from a non-academic background form.  This form is to be used for applications for the award (including extension of an existing award) of the title of Visiting Professor or Fellow to a candidate whose relevant background is primarily non-academic e.g. from business, public or voluntary sectors.

Proposals should then be directed to the relevant HR Adviser, who will submit them for approval by the Vice-Chancellor (if appropriate) and a Dean, and the relevant Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

Awards would be for an initial maximum period of three years and would be renewable.

Honorary Professor or Honorary Fellow

The title of Honorary Professor or Honorary Fellow may be awarded to individuals to recognise exceptional service to the University over a number of years and where the title of Emeritus Professor is not available.  Proposals should be made to the Academic Registrar for submission to Senate and Council.

It should be noted that, prior to December 2003,  titles were available other than those in 1 and 2 above.  These included Honorary Reader or Lecturer, Industrial Professor, External Professor, and Visiting Reader or Lecturer.  Individuals currently holding such a title will retain them for the duration of their association with the University.

Emeritus Professor

This title may be conferred by Council under the provisions Ordinance XXV on persons who, at the time of their retirement, hold or have held appointments as Professors in the University. Emeritus Professors are Life Members of the University Court.

Following the candidate's retirement, the appropriate Dean should initiate discussions with the Head of Department concerning the conferment of the title. If it is agreed, the Dean should present a proposal to the Vice-Chancellor who will, if he concurs, submit the candidate's name to the Human Resources Committee for approval and recommendation to Senate and Council.

If an honorarium is requested, the Dean should discuss this with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor before initiating the approval process described above. Deans should refer to the general guidance on paying honoraria to honorary staff before entering into any such arrangements. 

All awards are reported to the Human Resources Committee, Senate and Council.

Honorary Clinical Appointments

  1. It is recognised that, increasingly, collaboration with colleagues working in a clinical environment is beneficial to individual academics and to the University as a whole and it is therefore necessary to formalise these important relationships.
  2. Honorary Clinical appointments should be reserved only for individuals in associated NHS Trusts, Private Healthcare Providers and General Practices who are closely linked to a School within the University. They can be awarded at various levels of seniority as follows:

 

Honorary Clinical Professor

Equivalent academic standing to that of a Professor which may include leadership within a clinical domain.

Honorary Clinical Reader

Equivalent academic standing to that of a Reader.

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Equivalent academic standing to that of a Senior Lecturer or someone who regularly teaches on Loughborough University programmes for more than four hours per week and contribute substantial additional teaching commitments.

 

Honorary Clinical Lecturer

Equivalent academic standing to that of a Lecturer or someone who regularly teaches on Loughborough University programmes for more than three hours per week.

 

  1. Honorary Clinical appointments may be conferred on individuals working in a clinical setting, working with clinical populations in accordance with the following procedure.
  2. The Dean of the School should prepare a case including a curriculum vitae, details of the involvement the candidate will have with the School, and an explanation of how they meet the criteria above. The case should also include details of any honorarium or office or other support facilities that are proposed. Expenditure in excess of 10% of the maximum of the Lecturer salary scale would require the prior approval of Operations Committee.
  3. Proposals should then be directed to the relevant HR Adviser, who will then submit applications to the Vice Chancellor for approval on behalf of Senate and Council.  
  4. Appointments would be for an initial maximum period of five years and would be renewable. A contract will be issued to the individual setting out the details of the association and clarify their responsibilities regarding insurance/personal indemnity. 

 

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