Appointment as a Professor Emeritus

The University’s policy is that all professors of the University, upon retirement, should normally become emeritus professors.

The term ‘emeritus’ is reserved for professors who are retiring from service in the University. For this purpose, retiring is defined as moving from salary to pension. There is no distinction between professors holding named chairs and personal professors in respect of entitlement to emeritus status. Emeritus Professor is simply a title to precede the professor’s name and there is no need for any addition. If an emeritus professor requires to indicate her/his former title, this would be expressed as, e.g., “formerly Adam Smith Professor of Economics”.

There is no formal process for the appointment to be made in Schools, Research Institutes, Colleges or centrally. The retiring professor will be informed of the change to emeritus status by their Head of Human Resources in formal correspondence upon retirement from the University.