GSA Honorary

GSA Honorary

1. General Principles
1.1 The Court of the University of Glasgow, on the recommendation of the University Board of Review may confer the title of Honorary Professor on an individual nominated in accordance with the Glasgow School of Art procedures detailed in paragraph 2 below

1.2 Those appointed as Honorary Professors should satisfy in general terms the intent of the University's professorial criteria, and on appointment will be associated with the sponsoring School/RI or Service within the Glasgow School of Art.

1.3 Those appointed to Honorary Professorships at the Glasgow School of Art will not normally come from the academic world; it is more likely that they will be practitioners in the field of Architecture, Art and Design, broadly defined.

1.4 The duration of an Honorary Professorship will normally be five years or such lesser period as may be agreed. Honorary Professors may be considered for re-appointment at the end of their term of office.

1.5 Honorary Professors will normally be expected to spend a minimum of one week per year in the relevant School/RI/Service and actively engage with the School/RI/Service at other times. Activities may include, giving a "keynote" lecture, and conducting staff and student seminars.

1.6 Honorary Professors will normally be expected to identify a particular research domain, which will be the focus of their relationship with the School/RI/Service.  Active research collaborations may emerge from this.

1.7 Honorary Professors will receive an honorarium of £1,000 (taxable) per annum plus expenses. This will be met from the budget of the School/RI/Service to which the Honorary Professor is attached.

1.8 Where the Honorary Professor's level of engagement is more significant than the activities outlined in paragraphs 1.5 and 1.6 above, an additional fee may be negotiated. This will be met from the budget of the relevant School/RI/Service. 

2. Procedures
2.1 A Committee, appointed by the Glasgow School of Art, will consider nominations for Honorary Professorships from the Director or Deputy Director or Head of School.

2.2 The membership of the Committee will include:

Glasgow School of Art
Director, Deputy Director, Head of Academic and Student Services and one other person of Professorial status

Glasgow University
Vice-Principal (Arts), Senate Assessor and one other person of Professorial status

The principle will be followed of establishing a reasonable gender mix in the membership of Committee.

2.3 The Committee shall determine whether a recommendation should be made to the University of Glasgow's Board of Review that the title of Honorary Professor should be conferred. If necessary, the University Committee may seek information additional to that provided in the nomination.

2.4 The Board of Review shall consider the recommendations from The Glasgow School of Art; it shall forward to the Court recommendations for the conferring of the title and status of Honorary Professor.

The Glasgow School of Art: An Associated Institution

The Glasgow School of Art: An Associated Institution

The University is committed to a policy of equality of opportunity and to the maintenance of promotion procedures which accord with this policy. Conferment of a Personal Professorship will be made on the grounds of merit and performance.

The Court, on the recommendation of the University Board of Review, may confer the title of Personal Professor on an individual nominated in accordance with the Glasgow School of Art procedures detailed in the following paragraphs.

Index:

  • Personal Professorship (formerly Honorary Professorship)
  • Personal Professorship (formerly Honorary Professorship)
  • 3. Initial application
    • Personal Professorship (formerly Honorary Professorship)
    • Personal Professorship (formerly Honorary Professorship)
    • Personal Professorship (formerly Honorary Professorship)
  • 5. Board of review
  • 6. Obligation to support leadership
  • Annex 1

1. Criteria

1. Criteria

The conferment of the title and status of Professor is a singular distinction and requires that an applicant demonstrate that her/his reputation in the field of interest is one of academic leadership.

The criteria for the award of a Personal Professorship are:

(a) exceptional and internationally recognised achievement in original research and/or scholarship and/or innovative application, and/or industrial exploitation, together with a successful record of teaching and/or service administration; or

(b) academic leadership, being a distinctive record of achievement in teaching, service or practice combined with a national reputation in research, and/or a distinctive contribution to intellectual leadership, professional, artistic or vocational practice and other forms of knowledge such as disciplinary theory, the fostering of professional enquiry and to the body of other tangible forms of critical, rational reflection.

Research shall be deemed to include creativity and achievement in the areas of Architecture, Design and Fine Art. Published outcomes may include exhibitions, curatorships, designs, artefacts, books, articles and other forms of media presentation.

2. Process

2. Process

2.1 Applicants should submit to the Committee* a curriculum vitae together with the names of two external referees, They should also provide a complete list of publications, including a list of exhibitions, curatorships, books, articles, etc which they consider to be central to their academic interests; this list will be used if a prima facie case for the award of Personal Professorship is established, and reference made to external referees. Nothing in the foregoing shall preclude the Director, Deputy Director or Head of School from nominating for consideration a member of staff who has not made an application, subject always to the agreement of the party concerned.

2.2 The Committee shall determine whether there is a prima facie case for recommending that the title of Personal Professor be conferred. The Committee may seek such information additional to that contained in the application as may be necessary to establish the existence or otherwise of a prima facie case.

2.3 When a prima facie case is made, the review will include reference to external referees nominated by the Director after consultation, as appropriate, with the Deputy Director, the Head of School and cognate Professors, or others knowledgeable in the field of interest, in addition to the candidate's referees. The independent referees will be requested to comment upon all aspects of the application; they will also be invited specifically to review those publications and any other aspects of her or his career which the applicant has singled out for special attention.

2.4 The Committee shall receive references and determine whether to recommend to the Board of Review that the title and status of Personal Professor be conferred upon the applicant. In exceptional circumstances the Glasgow School of Art may wish to interview an applicant before making a recommendation to the University.

2.5 The Board of Review shall consider the recommendations from the Glasgow School of Art; it shall forward to the Court recommendations for the conferring of the title and status of Personal Professor.

* For the purposes of paragraphs 2.1 to 2.4 'the Committee' shall refer to such committee as The Glasgow School of Art shall appoint for the purpose.

The membership of the committee will include:

  • Glasgow School of Art
    Director, Deputy Director, Head of Academic and Student Services and one other person of Professorial status.
  • Glasgow University
    Vice-Principal (Arts), Senate Assessor and one other person of Professorial status

The principle will be followed of establishing a reasonable gender mix in the membership of Committee.

3. Initial Application

3. Initial Application

3.1 The procedure is normally initiated by an application from an applicant and the onus is on an applicant her/himself to make her/his case for conferment of a Personal Professorship. Potential applicants are required to seek the advice of the Deputy Director before deciding whether to make an application, and guidance in the manner in which it should be presented.

3.2 The applicant is required to state the criterion upon which s/he is basing her/his application, i.e. either (a) or (b) (see paragraph 1 above).

3.3 Applications should be submitted to the Directorate Office, and a copy given to the Head of School by the specified date. Application dates are circulated to all staff by the Directorate Office on an annual basis. Deadlines will be strictly enforced.

3.4 Applicants who are unsuccessful at the prima facie stage for the award of Personal Professorship will be advised to seek feedback from the Deputy Director of the Glasgow School of Art.

Each application must comprise:

3.5 A concise statement from the applicant making the case for conferment of the title, stating the criterion on which the application is based.

3.6 The proposed title to be conferred in the event of the application being successful.

3.7 The names, titles and full address (including telephone and e-mail), of two suggested external assessors of professorial or equivalent status, the rationale for each nomination, and a statement that no personal (as opposed to professional) relationship exists between the applicant and the external assessor. These two references will assist the Committee in its decision-making following the prima facie stage of the process. The Directorate Office will contact the referees directly.

N.B. The Director will request from the Head of School, the names, titles and full address of four further suggested external assessors of professorial or equivalent status, at least one of whom should be a scholar of high international status, and the rationale for each nomination, should the application progress beyond the prima facie stage.

3.8 A curriculum vitae. This should include, in addition to the usual comprehensive biographical, educational and career details, the following information:

(i) For applications under criterion (a)

The criteria for promotion are exceptional and internationally recognised achievement in original research and/or scholarship and/or innovative application, and/or industrial exploitation, together with a successful record of teaching and/or service administration.

Research shall be deemed to include creativity and achievement in the areas of Architecture, Design and Fine Art. Published outcomes may include exhibitions, curatorships, designs, artefacts, books, articles and other forms of media presentation.

This would include details of any academic distinctions (e.g. academic awards, editorship of, or refereeing for, journals, grant reviewer for awarding bodies, services for learned societies, election to Fellowships); exhibitions, curatorships, designs, artefacts, books, chapters, articles in journals etc, and other forms of media presentation; any industrial collaboration; external PhD examining; a record of consistent involvement in external examining; supervision of research students; invitations to speak at national and international meetings particularly as a Plenary lecturer; research grants and awards (please state monetary value, and in the case of all joint awards, but especially when collaboration is with colleagues in other institutions or industry, indicate own share of (a) involvement in writing the grant application, and (b) the award); any other information relevant to the case under this criterion, including an outline only of undergraduate and postgraduate course work, teaching and Service, and GSA service/administrative contributions.

Applicants whose case includes 'innovative application or industrial exploitation' should explain its relationship to their academic research profile, cite national or international recognition of the quality of the work, explain how the innovation has been taken up by industry or supported by venture capital, and cite evidence of its market potential or realisation.

(ii) For applications under criterion (b)

The criteria for promotion are academic leadership, being a distinctive record of achievement in teaching, service or practice combined with a national reputation in research, and/or a distinctive contribution to intellectual leadership, professional, artistic or vocational practice and other forms of knowledge such as disciplinary theory, the fostering of professional enquiry and to the body of other tangible forms of critical, rational reflection.

Research shall be deemed to include creativity and achievement in the areas of Architecture, Design and Fine Art. Published outcomes may include exhibitions, curatorships, designs, artefacts, books, articles and other forms of media presentation.

Details of achievements and accountabilities which indicate that the applicant's research or scholarly work is of at least national standing including details of any academic distinctions (e.g. academic awards, editorship of, or refereeing for, journals, grant reviewer for awarding bodies, services for learned societies, election to Fellowships); exhibitions, curatorships, designs, artefacts, books, chapters, articles in journals etc, and other forms of media presentation; any industrial collaboration; external PhD examining; a record of consistent involvement in external examining; supervision of research students; invitations to speak at national and international meetings; research grants and awards (please state monetary value and in the case of all joint awards, but especially when collaboration is with colleagues in other institutions or industry, indicate own share of (a) involvement in writing the grant application, and (b) the award); and any other information relevant to the case under this criterion.

Applicants should also provide as appropriate, details of distinguished contributions to teaching policy and practice, including evidence of an external reputation through publications in this area, invitations to contribute elsewhere, offices held, undergraduate external examinerships, awards or grants for teaching, membership of the Institute of Learning and Teaching, etc., if they are specific to these aspects of the case; and/or service/academic management and other examples of contribution to the Glasgow School of Art, profession or vocation.

3.9 A complete list of publications. This should be provided by all applicants and should be divided into seven sections as follows:

I Books;
II Chapters in Books;
III(a) Full papers in refereed journals;
III(b) Other significant contributions to journals; and
IV Conference contributions
V Research reviews and research reports
VI All other outputs

Each section should be arranged in chronological order and with the applicant's name in the order in which it appears in the publication, using the following form of citation:

I Books
Author(s), title, edition (if other than first), number of pages, place of publication, publisher, year of publication, ISBN.

II Chapters in Books
Author(s), title of contribution, name(s) of editor(s), title of book, edition (if other than first), page numbers beginning and ending contribution, place of publication, publisher, year of publication, ISBN.

III(a) Full papers in refereed journals
Author(s), title of paper/contribution, title of journal in full, volume number, series number or letter, page numbers beginning and ending paper/contribution, year of publication, ISSN.

III(b) Other significant contributions to journals
As III(a).

IV Conference contributions
Author, name of conference/published proceedings, number of pages, date published (or in the case of non-text based material, date of conference and media of output), ISBN or ISSN (if available)

V Research reviews and research reports
Author(s), title and number of volume where published (where appropriate), number of pages, place of publication and publisher (where appropriate), year of publication, ISBN or ISSN (if available)

VI All other outputs
Electronic publication, URL address, public exhibitions (with details of place and date), performances (with details of place and date)

In the left-hand margin the following system must be used to indicate the contribution of the nominee to jointly-authored publications.

  • * the applicant is the principal author
    = the authors are equal in status
    - the applicant is a minor contributor
    + the applicant has jointly authored with a research student
    *+ the applicant has jointly authored with his/her research student and the applicant is the principal author
  • Those applying under criterion (b), may find it helpful to distinguish between those publications which are research, in the sense covered by criterion (a), and those which directly support their broader case.
  • The publications which are regarded as most important contributions upon which the application is based should be marked ** in the right hand margin of the list. There should be no more than ten of such publications.
  • Only work which has been published prior to 1 September in the year of application will be taken into consideration. Work at press cannot be considered since it is not in the public domain. Publications, awards or other achievements which post-date 1 September in the year of application cannot be taken into account during the current promotional round, and will be disregarded if included in the application. Such information should not be admitted either orally on in writing.
  • Unsolicited references will be disregarded.
  • It is essential to understand that at all stages in the process the application will be considered only as originally submitted.

Please ensure that all pages of the application and any attached documents are consecutively numbered.

It is normal practice for the Head of School to write the confidential statement. However, the applicant should also indicate whether, in addition to that submitted on her/his behalf by the Head of School, s/he wishes an associated confidential statement to be written by a nominated senior colleague having agreed the identity of the alternate in advance with the Deputy Director.

4. Role of Head of School

4. Role of Head of School

4.1 The Head of School should submit a confidential statement, addressing all relevant aspects of the criteria, the content of which s/he may choose to share with the applicant, to the Directorate Office by the specified deadline (see paragraph 3.3 above).

This confidential statement should normally be based wholly on consultation with all Senior Staff in the same School/RI/Service as the applicant or, in the absence of such staff, with Senior Staff in a cognate School/RI/Service who are competent to comment, whose names the Head of School should list as having been consulted. The statement should reflect the range of views expressed. In the exceptional circumstances where this may be problematic, the applicant may alternatively seek advice from the Deputy Director.

In the case of an inter- or multi-disciplinary application, the School/RI/Service statement will need to contain the input of Senior Staff whom the applicant has nominated from outside the School/RI/Service to provide input to the statement.

Where, however, the application is based on the wider profile of achievement claimed by an applicant [criterion (b)], consultation with a wider range of senior colleagues may be appropriate. Those consulted will be asked to state whether they accept the applicant's claim to satisfy criteria on which the application is based, for which purpose they will need to see a copy of the application.

The Head of School is required to show her/his confidential statement summarising the results of such consultation to those listed.

For applications under criterion (b), Heads of School are required to comment specifically on all aspects of the case as set out in 3.7 (ii) above.

Statements must be confined to an academic case; financial considerations should not be taken into account.

4.2 The statement will be available to the Committee and to the Board of Review at the prima facie and final stages. It is understood, however, that while it may better inform the Board of Review's understanding of the case, views represented cannot serve to veto this Committee's own decisions.

4.3 The Head of School in consultation with other senior members in the same School/RI/Service, will be asked by the Director to suggest the names, title and full address of four external assessors of professorial or equivalent status, at least one of whom should be a scholar of high international status; additional to the two supplied by the applicant, giving the rationale for each nomination, ensuring entire suitability of expertise in relation to the criteria under consideration, and that no personal (as opposed to professional) relationship exists between the applicant and the external assessors nominated. This information should be sent to the Directorate Office, along with the confidential statements, by the specified deadline (see paragraph 3.3 above).

5. Board of Review

5. Board of Review

5.1 The Board of Review will meet in December and February. The applicant is not present at these meetings.

5.2 Applicants who are unsuccessful at the final stage for the award of Personal Professorship will be advised to seek feedback from the Director of the Glasgow School of Art.

Declaration of Interest
5.3 Members of the Committee are required to declare an interest if they have any close personal or professional association with an applicant. It will be for the Convener to rule whether this is of a kind to disbar the member from consideration of the case. If it becomes evident subsequently that a member has failed to declare an interest, this will be deemed to be a procedural defect, which could constitute the basis of an appeal.

Information for Applicants
5.4 The Committee would not normally expect to receive for consideration in any session an application from an applicant who was unsuccessful in the previous session, unless there has been a significant change in the case over the intervening period, and an early re-submission has consequently been agreed by the Vice-Principal (Arts) following approach by the Director and consultation with the appropriate Head of School.

6. Obligation to Support Leadership

6. Obligation to Support Leadership

The status of Professor is widely regarded as one of significant seniority within the University and Glasgow School of Art Community. The title is conferred on the understanding that those upon whom the honour is confirmed will recognise and discharge an obligation to support the leadership of the School, particularly in the area of research.

Annex A

Annex A

Guidance Note

The criterion (a) for promotion to a Personal Professorship is described as:

exceptional and internationally recognised achievement in original research and/or scholarship and/or innovative application, and/or industrial exploitation, together with a successful record of teaching and/or service administration.

Research shall be deemed to include creativity and achievement in the areas of Architecture, Design and Fine Art. Published outcomes may include exhibitions, curatorships, designs, artefacts, books, articles and other forms of media presentation.

  1. The applicant should be operating at a sufficiently distinctive level in the areas on which the application particularly rests, The research performance for a Personal Professorship under criterion (a) should be above that for a Readership, and judged to be at a level of international distinction.
  2. Full recognition should be given to commercial or industrial exploitation ('innovative application'), if this is intrinsic to the research case.
  3. In assessing success in teaching, the Committee will be seeking contributions against such indicators as: teaching developments in policy and practice; invitations to teach and examine elsewhere; contributions to national or international curriculum debate in the subject area; membership of education or training committees of professional institutions; publication of widely-used text books and teaching materials; conference participation and grants and awards which relate directly to this aspect of the application.

The criterion (b) for promotion to a Personal Professorship is described as:

Academic leadership, being a distinctive record of achievement in teaching, service or practice combined with a national reputation in research, and/or a distinctive contribution to intellectual leadership, professional, artistic or vocational practice and other forms of knowledge such as disciplinary theory, the fostering of professional enquiry and to the body of other tangible forms of critical, rational reflection.

Research shall be deemed to include creativity and achievement in the areas of Architecture, Design and Fine Art. Published outcomes may include exhibitions, curatorships, designs, artefacts, books, articles and other forms of media presentation

Demonstrable evidence of such may comprise 'research and/or scholarly work of at least national standing in conjunction with distinction in teaching and/or service/academic management'.

1. Full account must be taken of the range of evidence presented, in accordance with the broad spectrum encompassed by criterion (b)

2. Careful consideration must be given to the ways in which the profile, taken as a whole, provides evidence of academic leadership (see wording of criterion (b)). Whilst no one should be considered worthy of a Professorship simply by virtue of having been a Head of School/RI/Service, achievements during a period of office should not automatically be discounted, since this could well be a period when the applicant had demonstrated distinction in academic leadership, in any or all of the areas covered by criterion (b);

3. Criterion (b) must not be judged as if it were criterion (a) plus distinction in teaching, service administration/management and academic leadership. A more balanced view of the profile must be taken;

4. The applicant should be operating at a sufficiently distinctive level in the areas on which the application particularly rests, The research performance for a Personal Professorship under criterion (a) should be above that for a Readership, and judged to be at a level of international distinction.

5. In assessing distinction in teaching, the Committee will be looking for a more substantial contribution against indicators as: teaching developments in policy and practice; invitations to teach and examine elsewhere; contributions to national or international curriculum debate in the subject area; membership of education or training committees of professional institutions; publication of widely-used text books and teaching materials; conference participation; and grants and awards which relate directly to this aspect of the application.

6. N.B. The evidence presented in support of this criterion must be significantly stronger than that presented in support of an application under criterion (a).

7. Full recognition should be given to research into an applicant's own subject area (e.g. practice, history and pedagogy), if that is intrinsic to the applicant's career and application;

8. Full recognition should be given to commercial or industrial exploitation if this is intrinsic to the case.

9. It is essential that all cases are judged explicitly against the relevant criteria, in order to uphold procedures internal to the University, and to meet the requirements of legislation. It is also important to note that, in the interests of equity and consistency, it is essential that the application be considered as presented. Members of the Committee must not draw upon any supplementary knowledge that they may personally have.