Criteria for Proposing & Approving Honorary Appointments in the College of Arts

Criteria for Proposing & Approving Honorary Appointments in the College of Arts

Principle

Honorary status is awarded in recognition of an individual’s substantial contribution to teaching, research and scholarship in the College. The posts are non-stipendiary and will end on the expiry date stipulated at nomination, unless an extension is approved by College Management Group (CMG) following confirmation of continuing contribution to the University.

Human Resources have developed generic guidance for the appointment of Honorary staff: www.gla.ac.uk/services/humanresources/mgrs-admin/hon-vis-aff/definition.

The key principle is that “their contribution will present a clear benefit to students and staff within the University.”

Every nomination form for the appointment of an Honorary member of staff must, therefore, provide a very clear indication of what, specifically, that individual’s contribution will be. www.gla.ac.uk/services/humanresources/mgrs-admin/hon-vis-aff/guidance.

Any Honorary appointment in the College must be made according to the following criteria:

  1. The title of Honorary Lecturer is intended for the nomination of suitably qualified persons to act in a lecturing capacity. The relevant nomination form must outline in detail existing and/or planned contributions to undergraduate or postgraduate teaching, and/or supervision of research students.
  1. The title of Honorary Professor is intended for individuals active in the sectors of industry, business and commerce, the arts, public administration or the practice of law and accountancy. Those appointed to Honorary Professorships will not normally be career academics, nor will they hold honorary or part-time appointments in higher education. The expectation is that they have a significant presence within the University, for example, by delivering lectures or conducting seminars. The relevant nomination form must outline in detail anticipated contribution.
  1. The title of Visiting Professor is intended for those who already hold a Chair (or equivalent) in another Higher Education Institution. Visiting Professors, in the same way as Honorary Professors, will maintain a significant presence in the University, delivering lectures and seminars and collaborating in research activities. The relevant nomination form must outline in detail anticipated contribution.
  1. The title of Honorary Senior (or Professorial) Research Fellow may be awarded to a senior member of staff (Senior Lecturer, Reader or Professor) at the time of retirement from a salaried post if s/he is continuing to contribute to research and/or teaching. The relevant nomination form must outline in detail existing and/or planned contributions to undergraduate or postgraduate teaching, and/or supervision of research students, and/or contribution to the research activities of the School or College. For the avoidance of doubt, the nomination of Honorary Senior Research Fellows will not occur automatically upon retirement from a substantive post. Neither should mere involvement with the research activities of the School (e.g. attendance at research seminars) be held to constitute the level of contribution required to merit the title. The relevant nomination form must outline in detail anticipated contribution.
  1. The title of Honorary Research Fellow is normally awarded to an individual in a post-doctoral appointment at another institution in recognition of a significant contribution to the research of the University. A PhD followed by five years’ research experience is a reasonable guide in considering nominations for Honorary Research Fellow status. The relevant nomination form must outline in detail anticipated contribution.
  1. The title of Honorary Research Assistant is normally granted to graduates without doctoral status in recognition of a contribution to the research of the University in association with a senior supervisor. The relevant nomination form must outline in detail anticipated contribution.
  1. The title of Affiliate is the appropriate choice for a visitor to the University or a graduate who plans to make use of its Library and/or IT facilities for more than 4 weeks with a specific purpose in mind. The reason for the visit and for making access to these facilities available must be detailed on the affiliate registration form.

Weak and strong sample indicators of future contribution

Nomination on the basis of …

Weak example

Strong example

- Contribution to research activities of the School/ College

“Dr X has had a significant research career in the field of Y. She continues to play a role within the subject’s research culture.”

“Professor A is a partner in a research project funded by X between the University and the National Archives to develop tools for the automatic review of electronic documents for sensitive material. Professor A will also see to completion 3 PhD students, for whom he is second supervisor, in the next year.”

- Contribution to teaching activities of the School/College

“Professor B will be available for individual lectures if required.”

“Professor C is scheduled to give three lectures in Level 1 History in 2015/16. She will also offer a seminar on the MSc Museum Studies PGT programme as well as help to broker work placements with company X.”

Other relevant matters

  1. Office space

The College is unable routinely to make office accommodation available to Honorary colleagues. If an Honorary colleague is acting as Principal Investigator on a research grant and needs to supervise staff working on that project, every effort will be made to provide working space. This need should be flagged during the grant application process.

  1. Renewals

Applications to renew Honorary appointments must include specific and detailed comment on the extent to which the expected contributions detailed in the original nomination of the Honorary staff have been fulfilled, as well as a clear indication of expected future contribution.

 Application forms can be found here.

 April 2015