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Introduction                                                                  1

The University Honorary Awards Committee                                      3

The University Conferments Committee                                          5

Categories and criteria for Honorary Awards                                   7

Conferments Advisers                                                         10

Professorships                                                               11

Visiting Professorships                                                      18

Emeritus Professorships                                                      20

University Readerships                                                       21

University Principal Tutorships                                              24

Higher Doctorates (DSc)                                                      27

Visiting Fellowships                                                         29

Policy on referees                                                           30

Policy on communications                                                     31




      The University of Derby Conferments Handbook, March 2008 Edition
                                     INTRODUCTION


Academic Board is authorised to confer academic titles upon its staff in recognition of their
academic achievements. It is also empowered to confer honorary academic awards upon
members of the public in recognition of their contribution to a field of endeavour or to
society in general. This Handbook sets down the procedures for making applications (or
nominations) and the criteria applied for the conferment of honorary awards,
professorships, visiting professorships, emeritus professorships, university readerships,
university principal tutorships, higher doctorates and visiting fellowships.
The conferment of these academic titles by Academic Board is quite distinct from the
appointment of teaching fellows, senior teaching fellows, research fellows and senior
research fellows and other positions by faculty management. Each University position such
as those listed above has a job description but academic titles do not refer to positions and
so there are no job descriptions. Faculty positions and academic titles are independent of
one another although the University may advertise a position indicating that it is suitable for
applicants seeking a particular academic title which may be conferred on the successful
candidate. In all circumstances the normal criteria must be met for the conferment to take
place. This University of Derby Conferments Handbook contains the following sections:

The Honorary Awards Committee and the University Conferments Committee
Honorary Awards - categories and criteria for honorary awards
Conferment Advisers - provide confidential advice for applicants for professorships,
university readerships and university principal tutorships.
Professorships: criteria and procedures - guidelines for the conferment of
professorships
Visiting Professorships - the conferment of visiting professors
Emeritus Professorships - the conferment of emeritus professorships following
retirement.
University Readerships - criteria and procedures for the appointment of university
      readerships
University Principal Tutorships - criteria and procedures for the appointment of university
principal tutorships
Higher Doctorates (DSc) – criteria and procedure
Visiting Fellowships – procedure
Policies on referees for conferment
Policy on the communication of the decisions
There are two committees:
1 The Honorary Awards Committee
  Chairman: Professor John Coyne: This Committee is jointly constituted by Academic
  Board and Governing Council. It considers nominations for all honorary awards. The
  Committee has authorisation to consider and confer awards.



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2 The University Conferments Committee

  Chairman: Professor Michael Gunn
  Executive Vice Chairman Professor Paul Bridges. This Committee considers
  applications for university and subject professorships, visiting professorships, emeritus
  professorships, university readerships, university principal tutorships and higher
  doctorates (DSc only) and visiting fellowships, It does not consider nominations for
  honorary awards. The Committee forwards recommendations for awards to Academic
  Board for approval.




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                       The University Honorary Awards Committee



This Committee jointly represents Academic Board and the Governing Council and is
authorised by Academic Board to grant honorary awards.

1.       Background

Between 1991 and 2005, honorary awards were recommended by the Honorary Awards
Panel and formally approved by Academic Board. In reality, the procedure was
unsatisfactory because Academic Board could only approve the recommendations after the
recipients of the awards had been approached and had agreed to accept the proposed
awards. This meant that Academic Board could not fully exercise its formal powers of
approval.

Governing Council has responsibility for the oversight of the institution and should therefore
have opportunity to influence and endorse the names of individuals that the University
intends to honour. The proposed arrangement gives Governing Council and Academic
Board joint representation in the conferment of honorary awards.

2.       The title and powers of the Committee:
The University Honorary Awards Committee is delegated powers by Academic Board to
consider and decide the conferment of honorary awards. The Committee is however,
accountable to both Academic Board and Governing Council for the conduct of the process.

3.       The Terms of Reference
The conferment of honorary awards is fundamentally about the formal recognition of
individuals whose activities and achievements the University wishes to honour. The
function of the Committee is to consider the evidence submitted to the Committee in
confidence and decide whether the individuals proposed should become recipients of
honorary awards. There is a range of honorary degrees and titles that may be awarded.
The actual award conferred depends upon the type and extent of the achievements.
Consideration of the individual should take place without the knowledge of that individual
and the content of the meetings is strictly confidential.

The Committee must ensure that due consideration is given to ensure the following:

         All honorary awards of the University are conferred upon individuals whose
          achievements and activities are resonant with the core values of the University.

          There must be acceptable evidence of the listed achievements.

         The style of the honour (degree or title) reflects appropriately the nature of the
          achievement and/or contribution.

         The level of the honour reflects appropriately the extent of the achievement in a
          University, regional or national/international context.

         Every recipient of an award is wholly suitable. There should be no counter-
          indications arising from other activities on the part of the potential honorand.




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        There is a negligible risk of adverse political consequences which might
         subsequently damage the reputation of the University if a particular honour is
         conferred. Neither should there be any risk of embarrassment to either the
         honorand or the University as a consequence of the award being made.

4.   Rescinding Honorary Awards

The University Honorary Awards Committee also has powers to rescind honorary awards
from individuals who through their actions, in the opinion of the Committee, have brought
the University into disrepute. The exercise of these powers shall be rare and may only be
taken after thorough consideration of the relevant evidence at a meeting of the full
Committee. The holder of the honorary award should be given a full opportunity to respond
to the University’s proposed action before a final decision is taken.

5.   The composition and initial membership

The Honorary Awards Committee is to be formerly constituted jointly from Academic Board
and the Governing Council. These committees may change the representatives as
deemed necessary and appropriate.

Composition and membership (10)

Vice Chancellor & Chairman of Academic Board. (Chair) Professor John Coyne
The Pro Chancellor & Chairman of Governing Councillor Mrs Dianne Jeffrey

Governing Council (4)
Vice-Chairman of Governing Council Mrs Elizabeth Fothergill
Two independent members Mr Chris Hughes and Mr Peter Allwood
Staff Governor: Mr Mick Booth

Academic Board (4)

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Academic Development Professor Musa Mihsein
Pro Vice-Chancellor for Learning, Teaching and Scholarship Professor Michael Gunn
Executive Vice Chairman of the University Conferments Committee Prof Paul Bridges
Secretary to Academic Board and Academic Registrar: June Hughes
The Secretary to the Committee Mrs Lynda Cain

6.   Quorum

The quorum for meetings is eight members including at least three independent members
of Governing Council.

7.   Reporting back to Governing Council and Academic Board

After the Secretary has received written indication of acceptance of their awards by the
honorands, s/he shall report the names of the honorands and the titles of their awards to
the next available meeting of the Governing Council and Academic Board
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Modified and recommended by Nominations and Remuneration Committee 7 February 2005
Agreed by Governing Council March 2005 and Approved by Academic Board April 2005

PHB/Membership updated March 2008




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                         The University Conferments Committee


Function
The University Conferments Committee has responsibility for recommending to Academic
Board the names of individuals who are to be conferred with academic titles including
university and subject professorships, visiting professorships, emeritus professorships,
university readerships, university principal tutorships and visiting fellowships. The
Committee has full regard for equality of opportunities in its composition, its conduct and
the business it transacts.
Terms of Reference
1 To advise Academic Board on appropriate revisions to the criteria and procedures
   that are applied in the consideration of candidates for the conferment of university
   and subject professorships, university readerships, university principal tutorships and
   visiting fellowships.
2    To recommend to Academic Board the names of University staff who, following
     careful consideration of their applications, have satisfied the Committee that they are
     eligible for the conferment of a professorship, university readership or university
     principal tutorship.
3    To recommend to Academic Board the names of individuals whom on careful
     consideration of submitted evidence have satisfied the Committee that they are
     eligible for the conferment of a visiting professorship or a visiting fellowship.
4    To recommend to Academic Board the names of professors who have taken
     retirement and whose contribution to the academic life of the institution as a professor
     is considered sufficiently meritorious to be eligible for the conferment of an emeritus
     professorship.
5    To recommend to Academic Board that the period of tenure of visiting professorships
     and visiting fellowships, conferred upon visiting academics, should be extended.
6    In exceptional circumstances to recommend to Academic Board that a conferred title
     should be removed from an individual who has brought the University into disrepute on
     academic grounds.

Composition and Membership

Chairman: Professor Michael Gunn, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Scholarship
Vice-Chancellor: Professor John Coyne
Pro Vice Chancellor, Academic Development: Professor Musa Mihsein
Executive Vice-Chairman: Professor Paul H Bridges, Head of Research
One professor nominated by each faculty: Professor Marie Parker-Jenkins (EHS), Professor Chris
Prince (BCL) and Professor John Goto (ADT) Professor David Gray (UDB)
An external Professor: Professor Rachel Thomson (University of Loughborough)
Co-option of up to three Professors: Professor Michael Okoroh and Professor Aradhana Mehra

NOTES
1 The Committee is primarily a peer assessment body in which members offer their own
    assessments and judgements and are not formal representatives of their faculty.

2 The faculty nominee should not be the dean.

3 A faculty which is unable to nominate a professor may nominate instead a distinguished senior
  member of staff.


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4 The appointment of the external professor and co-opted members (who may be deans} may take
  into consideration the balance of the Committee in terms of disciplinary background, equality of
  opportunity and expertise in teaching as well as research.

5 All nominations and co-options are subject to the formal approval of Academic Board.

6 The Committee will meet annually in July and may hold a meeting in December to consider
  procedural matters or exceptional circumstances.

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                      Honorary Awards: categories and criteria



Introduction
Honorary awards are conferred upon members of the public and occasionally on former
members of staff in recognition of achievement in an area of endeavour. A connection to
Derbyshire is significant and helpful but this is not a pre-requisite. The University also
confers awards on people with whom it wishes to identify. Honorary awards are not
conferred upon current staff. Nominations are considered and approved by the Honorary
Awards Committee. The Committee normally meets in May and September. Nominations
may be forwarded to Mrs Lynda Cain, Secretary to the Honorary Awards Committee by
members of staff and by members of the public at any time. It is important that the nominee
should not be aware of the nomination. The person making the nomination should provide a
reasonable body of information regarding the nominee so that the Committee can make a
sound assessment. Feedback to the nominator will be arranged. Awards are conferred at
Awards Ceremonies in Derby, Buxton or exceptionally overseas.
There are three levels of awards. The first level is master’s level. This includes the HonMA,
HonMSc, HonMEd and Hon MUniv. The next level is the first level doctorate which
includes the HonPrD and the HonDBA. The highest level is the second level doctorate
which includes the HonDSc, HonDLitt, HonLLD, HonDTech and HonDUniv. These are the
highest awards which the University can confer.

1   Recognition of contributions to the University made by people other than
    employees

    Honorary Fellowship of the University (for distinguished contribution primarily in
    governance or in public support)

    Honorary Doctorate of the University (for outstanding contribution to the development
    of the University)

2   Recognition of contributions to the University made by former employees

    Honorary Doctorate of the University (DUniv) (for outstanding contribution to the
    development of the University)

    Honorary Professorship of the University (for outstanding contribution to the academic
    development of the University when the individual does not qualify as an emeritus
    professor)

    Honorary Master's Degree of the University (MUniv) (for distinguished service to the
    University community)

3   Recognition of distinction in research

    Normally a subject-based Honorary Doctorate for outstanding nationally or
    internationally recognised achievements in research, eg:HonDSc, HonDLitt, HonDTech

4   Recognition of distinction in teaching or educational development

    For outstanding achievements in teaching or educational development, HonEdD




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5   Recognition of distinction in the development of educational policy

    For nationally or internationally recognised achievements in the development of
    educational policy, HonEdD

6   Recognition of distinction in a professional field

    For outstanding contributions to a professional field relevant to the University's work,
    HonLLD, HonDUniv, HonPrD

    When primarily in a local context then HonMUniv.

7   Recognition of achievement in the public services

    For outstanding contributions to one of the public services, HonDUniv

    When primarily in a local context then HonMUniv.
    If local and technical then HonMSc.

8   Recognition of achievement in business

    For outstanding achievement of national or international significance, HonDUniv,
    HonDBA
    When primarily in a local context then HonMBA.

9   Recognition of achievement in industry

    For outstanding achievement of national or international significance, HonDUniv,
    HonDTech, HonPrD
    When primarily in a local context then HonMUniv.

10 Recognition of achievement in literature or dramatic writing

    For outstanding achievement of national or international significance, HonDLitt,
    HonPrD
    When primarily in a local context then HonMUniv, or HonMA.

11 Recognition of achievement in the visual or performing arts

    For outstanding achievement of national or international significance, HonDLitt,
    HonDFineArt, HonDMus, HonDUniv, HonPrD. When primarily in a local context then
    HonMUniv or HonMA.

12 Recognition of achievement in sport

    For sustained world-class achievement in performance and management, HonDUniv,
    HonPrD. When primarily in performance or in a local context then HonMUniv

13 Recognition of achievement in the communications industries

    For outstanding achievement of national or international distinction in media and
    communications, HonDUniv, HonPrD. When primarily in a local context then
    HonMUniv.




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14 Recognition of achievement in environmental policy

   For outstanding achievement of national or international significance, HonDUniv,
   HonDSc, HonLLD. When primarily in a local context then HonMUniv.

15 Recognition of achievement in multi-cultural understanding

   For outstanding achievement of national or international significance, HonDUniv,
   HonLLD
   When primarily in a local context then HonMUniv.

16 Recognition of achievement in gaining justice for the disadvantaged

   For outstanding achievement of national or international significance, HonLLD
   When primarily in a local context then HonMUniv.

17 Recognition of personal achievement

   For outstanding achievement of national or international significance, HonDUniv
   When primarily in a local context then HonMUniv.

     Honorary Awards: APPROVED by Academic Board, July 1997
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                                                                    Conferments Advisers

                                   University of Derby

          Applications for Professorships and University Readerships

                                Conferments Advisers



1   The University operates a system of guidance which enables colleagues who are
    contemplating applying for a professorship, university readership or university
    principal tutorship to obtain advice from a number of appointed Conferments
    Advisers.

2   The current Conferments Advisers are listed below:

           Professor Stephen Carter, Faculty of Business, Computing and Law
           Professor Paul Lynch, Faculty of Education, Health and Sciences
           Professor Paul Weller, Faculty of Education, Health and Sciences
           Professor Zhengxu Zhao, Faculty of Business, Computing and Law

3   The primary role of Conferments Advisers is to encourage applications from
    individuals who have outstanding academic achievement but who are hesitant to
    apply, perhaps for reasons of modesty or uncertainty. It should be noted that the
    University criteria for professorships may be satisfied through either outstanding
    contribution through research and consultancy or through teaching, curriculum
    development and pedagogic practice.

4   If someone feels that perhaps they have a case which could be made for a
    university readership or professorship but they are very uncertain and would just like
    to explore the situation on a confidential basis, then this person is very welcome to
    approach one of the Advisers. The Conferment Adviser will be able to provide
    some insight into the approach that the Committee adopts in consideration of the
    information provided by applicants but the Conferment Adviser is generally not well
    placed to advise as to whether an application is likely to be successful. The final
    decision as to whether or not to apply rests with the applicant.

5   It is important to understand that while the Adviser does have some insight into the
    conferments process and can advise accordingly, there is no avenue for influence.

6   Conferments Advisers offer advice to prospective applicants but the individual has
    to take responsibility for making her/his own application. Advisers do not make
    detailed reviews of applications and they do not make applications on behalf of
    candidates.

7   This facility has been approved in relation to applications for Professorships,
    University Readerships and University Principal Tutorships.

    Conferments Advisers: Policy APPROVED by Academic Board, January 1998.

    Paul H Bridges
    March 2007




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                                                                                   Professorships

                                       University of Derby

                       Professorships: Criteria and Procedures


1   The Professorial Titles

    The Academic Board of the University of Derby is empowered to confer the following
    professorial titles upon suitably qualified individuals:

               (i)      professor of a named subject or university professor
               (ii)     visiting professor
               (iii)    honorary professor
               (iv)     emeritus professor

    All of these titles are intended to carry the meanings with which they are generally
    associated in higher education in the UK. They are conferred upon individuals who are
    recognised amongst their peers as having made appropriate significant contributions to
    their subject, to the academic development of the University, or to higher education as a
    whole.

    The title of professor may be conferred upon persons who hold a full time or fractional
    appointment as a member of academic staff. The title is recognition of the individual’s
    academic authority, demonstrated in accordance with the established criteria and
    confirmed by internal and external peer judgement. The title professor of named
    subject is conferred where this is appropriate. Where the nature of the contribution is
    broader and does not relate to a specific discipline the generic title university
    professor is used. A professorship may be sponsored, in which case the sponsor's
    name will normally be part of the title.

    The title of emeritus professor may be conferred by Academic Board on a professor
    upon retirement who has made an outstanding contribution to the academic life and
    reputation of the University while holding the title professor.

    The title of visiting professor may be conferred upon an individual, who is judged to
    have the standing appropriate to a professorial title, but who does not hold an
    appointment as a member of academic staff. Such appointments are appropriate only
    where there is the intention to maintain some form of on-going association of the
    individual with the University. Appointments are normally for a period of five years in
    the first instance. Thereafter, appointments may be extended for periods up to three
    years at a time. Applications for extensions are made by the dean on behalf of the
    visiting professors to the University Conferments Committee.

    The title of honorary professor may be conferred on an individual whose
    achievements the University wishes to recognise, but who is not otherwise entitled to a
    professorial title of the University. Normally the individual will either be a person
    external to the institution who has given the University distinguished academic service,
    or an individual leaving the service of the institution, whose services it is deemed should
    be recognised by a professorial title, but who does not qualify for the title emeritus
    professor.




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2    Principles
(i) All members of staff are eligible for consideration for conferment of the title of professor.
    A research degree is not a prerequisite for the conferment of the title. However on-
    going registration for a research degree would normally preclude consideration for a
    professorial title.
(ii) A professorship is a designation conferred by Academic Board on the basis of the
     criteria outlined in this document.
(iii) Professors shall be remunerated in accordance with individual personal contracts
      negotiated with the University.
(iv) Normally, professors will be expected to give an inaugural lecture within 12 months of
     conferment to an audience drawn from both the University and the wider community.

3    Criteria for the conferment of a professorship

The title of professor recognises an individual’s academic authority, as demonstrated by
proven achievement and implies confidence in the individual’s ability to continue to
demonstrate appropriate qualities of academic leadership.
The title may be awarded to candidates who demonstrate that they satisfy two criteria:
(i) outstanding achievement in regard of at least one of the following four categories and
(ii) very high level of achievement in relation to at least one of the other three categories.

3.1 Research, scholarship, consultancy and professional practice:
Contribution by scholarship, research, creative work, consultancy, professional practice or
performance in the furtherance of his or her subject and/or its application to society. (See
elaboration of criterion 1 below).

3.2 Teaching, curriculum development and pedagogic practice:
Record and reputation as a teacher especially through exceptional contribution to
curriculum development including: innovation in teaching, learning, and assessment
methods; innovative schemes for encouraging access; and similar activities (See
elaboration of criterion 2 below).

3.3 Academic leadership:

Academic leadership at a level, which clearly demonstrates that s/he has contributed
significantly to the development of an academic community. Such demonstration might
include: successful innovation demonstrating clear vision; all round excellence over a
significant area of work; or development of strong and lasting links with industry,
commerce, the public sector, voluntary organisations and the professions.
3.4 Reputation in the field:
Standing in the subject or profession demonstrated, for instance, by evidence of a high
reputation and professional recognition.
The four categories above encompass the widest interpretation of the terms research,
scholarship, curriculum development, practice of teaching and the demonstration of
academic leadership. The individual’s achievements must not only be recognised within the
University but be supported by evidence in the public domain and corroborated by external
peer review.

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The underlying principle in assessing applications from candidates for the award of title of
Professor will be that of peer review. Academic achievements that are tangible and are
recognised on a national or international scale will normally carry more weight than small
scale or purely local initiatives. Staff with an international reputation may represent a case
that rests on a relatively narrow range of activities.
3.5     Elaboration of Category One: Research, consultancy and professional practice
A candidate who claims that s/he has an outstanding, or a very high level of achievement,
in respect of Category One: must provide evidence of significant achievement through
research, scholarship or creative work. Success in consultancy and professional practice
alone is normally insufficient for the recommendation of the conferment of a professorship.
Where the candidate wishes to claim a major contribution through consultancy, the
University Conferments Committee will expect that this consultancy has been conducted
primarily through the University.

3.6     Elaboration of Category Two: Reputation as a Teacher
Where the applicant cites Category Two: record and reputation as a teacher as a major
consideration, then it is unrealistic to expect the candidate to have publicly demonstrated
the achievements through publications. It will therefore be necessary for the University
Conferments Committee to consider the following indicators:

(i)     Personal performance as a teacher
The individual should be able to ask for confidential assessment of their own performance
to be submitted based on observation of teaching sessions, review of teaching plans,
quality of feedback to students, assessment results, external examiners' comments, and
feedback from students. They should also be able to submit other evidence (including
evidence from external referees or assessors elsewhere).

(ii)    Curriculum or course development
This should include programmes, tracks or modules for which the individual has been (a)
the primary instigator, (b) a key planning member, (c) a leading reviser. This will also
include structural and regulatory contributions, and well as contributions to national debates
on educational development. The reports of external advisers and external examination
may be taken as contributory evidence as to the quality of the contribution.

(iii)   Innovative approaches to teaching and assessment
The development of new approaches to teaching and assessment, documented by the
individual and reviewed in the light of comments by both students and examiners. This will
include the development of generic systems for use by others, with evidence of its value
and influence.

(iv)    Development and/or publication of teaching materials

The development of resource packs, computer-based courseware, and the commercial
publication of textbooks and workbooks will all constitute evidence. There needs to be an
element of independent evaluation of such material. Where material has been published
commercially this will be taken to imply that such assessment has been positive, but where
possible this can be supplemented by reviews or figures of sales or usage. Where material
has not been commercially published or formally published by the University, then a
confidential peer appraisal of the material should be arranged.


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(v)         Publication of studies on curriculum development or innovative approaches
            to teaching and learning
Publications of the results of innovation in the curriculum, pedagogy or assessment
methods should be identified, whether these have occurred in professional journals and
magazines with the intention of spreading innovatory ideas and promoting their
implementation, or in refereed academic journals where they have been subject to
dispassionate critical appraisal (for example as a diary of action research).
(vi)    Experience as a mentor or assessor of teaching performance (including
accreditation by the Higher Education Academy, appointment of a QAA Auditor and
appointments as Chief External Examiners).
Working in such contexts will help to establish the range of professional experience. Taking
a leading role in such work will help to establish the individual's authority.
NOTE: For an individual to demonstrate an outstanding contribution in relation to the
second criterion for professorial status, outstanding work under a majority of the above
headings would be necessary together with clear indications of contributions external to the
institution.
4     The procedure for application
      Please follow these requirements and guidance with great care
4.1. The invitation for applications
In late March each year the Secretary will publish a general invitation for applications. This
is not a nomination process. All applications should be addressed to the Vice Chairman of
the University Conferments Committee, through the Secretary.
4.2     The documentation
The documentation should comprise:
      (i)    Statement of application: The applicant should set out his/her case
             systematically taking particular care to indicate how s/he meets the two criteria.
      (ii) Curriculum vitae: This should only contain information which is relevant to the
           application.
      (iii) Academic statement: The dean or in the case of senior academic appointments
            the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy or Pro Vice-Chancellor is requested to provide a
            statement expressing his/her view of the suitability of the applicant for the
            conferment.

      (iv) Referees: The names of five appropriately qualified referees.

4.3 Supplementary materials
The submission of supplementary materials is normally unnecessary and is discouraged.
However, applicants for professorships on the basis of category two (reputation as a
teacher) may submit carefully compiled documentation which evidences achievement that
is not otherwise supported. Please keep supplementary materials to the absolute minimum
necessary.




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4.4 The Statement of Application
The Statement of Application should set out the following:
    (i)     Specify the title being sought
    (ii)    Clearly identify the two criteria which the candidate believes s/he meets.
    (iii)   Present the main evidence, which addresses the selected criteria.
The Committee requires evidence of academic leadership and achievements rather than
just evidence of academic management position and experience. The statement should be
clear, cogent and well presented. It should be accurate, informative and written to a high
standard of English. Statements of application which are considered poorly presented or to
have significant shortcomings in the standard of English may be unsuccessful irrespective
of the strength of the academic case.
4.5 The curriculum vitae

The applicant is advised to ensure that the information contained in the curriculum vitae
provides the evidence which supports the statement of application. It is advisable to edit
out information which does not relate to the application.

4.6 The academic statement
The candidate should request an academic statement from the dean or, in the case of
senior academic appointments the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy or Pro Vice-Chancellor,
outlining their achievements and their contribution. However an individual is entitled to be
considered by the Committee on his or her merits even if the Director does not support the
individual’s candidature.
4.7 Referees
The candidate should provide the names, addresses and e-mail address of five referees.
Impartiality is very important. The referees should be external to the institution and
independent in the sense that they have not collaborated with the applicant on
research/scholarship/ consultancy projects in the last five years. It is also inadvisable for
the candidate to cite the former supervisor of their doctoral thesis. The referees should
normally hold a professorship in a discipline related to the field of work pursued by the
applicant. However, occasionally it may be appropriate to cite as a referee a distinguished
individual in the field who does not hold a professorship. The candidate does not need to
be personally acquainted with the referees and does not need to approach the referees in
advance. The University will assume that the candidate has not approached the referees.
In addition, the dean is asked to nominate one additional independent external referee.

The Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary will check the suitability of the referees and
decide which ones are to be approached for references during the preliminary
consideration (Section 5).

4.8 Citing published works
The application will normally need to cite published works in support of the case. These
may include papers published in journals, conference papers, chapters in research
volumes, student text books, general books, special reports, monographs, catalogues and
reviews. Artists may wish to cite public exhibitions which they have organised and other
forms of creative works.




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The simple listing of works under these categories is not sufficient. Candidates are
advised to group their publications in suitable categories such as research papers, special
reports, conference papers, books, reviews. Artists are requested to group solo exhibitions
and other exhibitions to which they have contributed. The Committee needs to understand
the extent of the candidate’s contribution in order to evaluate the quality of the research
undertaken. In the case of jointly published papers, candidates are strongly advised to
ensure that they annotate the citation indicating the status of the journal, whether the paper
was refereed, their part in joint research and the significance of the work.
5.   Preliminary consideration
The Chairman, Vice Chairman and one other member of the Committee will give
preliminary consideration to all applications and may advise individual candidates that their
applications fall well short of the requirements of the Committee’s normal interpretation of
the criteria. In such a case the individual applicant will be advised of the situation and
recommended to withdraw from consideration. However, the applicant may decline this
advice and be considered, except in instances where the applicant has made an
unsuccessful application within the last two years.
6.   Conferment of professorial status at the time of appointment
The following posts are normally advertised indicating that candidates may also apply for
the conferment of a professorship. Subject Heads may also be advertised indicating the
possibility of professorial conferment. This title can only be conferred upon the successful
candidate for the post if s/he fully satisfies the two criteria for a professorship.
        (i)    An academic member of the Executive
       (ii)    A Dean of Faculty
       (iii)   An Assistant Dean/Head of School
       (iv)    An approved post at professorial level.
The further information sent to the candidates should include the criteria and procedures for
the conferment of professorships. The detailed instructions to prospective applicants for a
post should advise the applicant to indicate in their letter of application the criteria which
they believe that they meet for the conferment of a professorship. Applicants should be
asked to include in their list of referees the names of five referees of professorial rank who
are external and independent in respect of the candidate’s place of work. Where references
are sought the referees should be asked to comment on the suitability of the applicant for a
professorship should s/he be successful in being offered the post.
The main interview panel should include:
       (i)     A member of the University Conferments Committee.
       (ii)    An external member of professorial standing
       (iii)   One other professor of the University.
Following the formal interviews and prioritisation of the candidates, the main interview panel
should consider the eligibility of the successful candidate [and any other candidate who
would be offered the post if the preferred candidate declines the offer] for a professorship.
The interview panel should consider the letter of application, the curriculum vitae and the
references. If it is the recommendation of the interview panel that the successful candidate
for the post should be conferred with a professorship, this recommendation should be
conveyed to the Chair of Academic Board for approval. Academic Board will receive the
information at the next meeting of the Board.

The Chair of the Interview Panel should send the documentation used in the consideration
of the conferment application to the Secretary of the University Conferments to ensure that
the new professor is included in lists of conferments. The Chair should also ensure that the
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a conferment should only be made if there is a clear consensus on the part of the interview
panel. In the case of a post which is advertised as a professorial post, a positive
recommendation for the conferment is a condition for offering the post.

7   Feedback to candidates and to sponsors

Immediately following the meeting of the University Conferment Committee to consider
applications for conferments, the Vice Chairman of the Committee informs the individual
candidates of the outcome of their application. Unsuccessful candidates are advised in
what respects their application was regarded as insufficient. There is no appeal against a
recommendation of the University Conferments Committee. General advice given to
candidates by way of debriefing is strictly unattributable. The Vice Chairman of the
Committee also informs the directors of outcomes relating to applications from their staff.
The recommendations for conferments remain confidential until they have been ratified by
Academic Board.
8   Confidentiality
With the exception of the authorised feedback [above], all deliberations of the Conferments
Committee are strictly confidential. In order to discharge its obligations effectively members
of the Committee must be able to speak frankly and in confidence. The confidentiality of
outcomes must be observed by the members of the University Conferments Committee and
the successful candidates in all professional and university circles until the conferments
have been approved.
9   The presentation of successful candidates to Academic Board

The University Conferments Committee makes recommendations and records the reasons
for its judgements. Successful candidates are apprised of the recommendations
confidentially, so that they can be presented to the Board in person immediately following
approval. They also receive a letter from the Chair of Academic Board confirming the
award.


Original approved by Academic Board in May 1997
Revision to criterion 2 approved by Academic Board in September 1998.
Revision to procedure at appointment approved by Academic Board in September 1999.
Revision to criterion 1 approved by Academic Board in January 2001
Revision to the guidance for making applications, March 2003, March 2005 and February
2006.




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                                                                          Visiting Professorships

                                           University of Derby

                         The Conferment of Visiting Professorships


1       Principles and Criteria
The same principles and criteria apply for visiting professorships as for full professorships
(Professorships: Section 3). The level of scrutiny is the same.
2       The Conferment procedure
(i)     If a faculty wishes to appoint a visiting professor, the candidate is first approached by
        the faculty. If s/he is agreeable to the invitation the candidate is requested to provide
        an up to date curriculum vitae. The approach should not take place until discrete
        preliminary assessments indicate a good prospect of a successful application. An
        alternative approach which may be used is to consider nomination for a Visiting
        fellowship. For example, a person for whom the title visiting professor is perhaps
        inappropriate could be conferred with a visiting professional fellowship.

(ii) The application is then made by the dean on behalf of the candidate. A succinct letter
     of application from the dean should indicate which criteria the candidate is expected to
     satisfy and specify the duties and contribution which it is planned that the candidate will
     make if the appointment is approved. The letter of application should be accompanied
     by the curriculum vitae which provide the evidence for meeting the criteria.

(iii) The letter of application should indicate the subject title that is to be conferred.

(iv) The dean is asked to give the names and contact details for five suitably qualified
     people who may be approached as referees. Normally the referees should be
     professors. If the candidate is already a full professor of another university this is
     normally accepted as sufficient evidence of his or her professorial standing and no
     references are sought. The letter of application and the curriculum vitae are still
     required.

(v) The dean [or her/his nominee] may be invited to the meeting of the University
    Conferments Committee to present the application and respond to any questions from
    members.
(vi) Following the consideration by the Committee the Vice-Chairman reports the outcome
     to the dean and the recommendation (if positive) is communicated to Academic Board.
3       Defining the commitment
Commitment to the University's academic activities will vary. It may involve PGR
supervision, collaborative research or commitment to or involvement in a regular course of
lectures or postgraduate seminars. If planned work involves co-operation in research then
the nature and extent of the co-operation needs to be specified together with the particular
complementary expertise of the candidate.
4       Period of tenure and renewal of tenure

In order to safeguard the criterion of commitment:-
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      (ii) The Vice Chairman of University Conferments Committee will remind deans when the
           tenure of a visiting professor is to expire shortly. The dean should inform the Vice
           Chairman whether an extension is wanted or if the faculty wishes the visiting
           professorship to draw to a close. If the visiting professorship is terminating the Vice-
           Chairman will write to thank the visiting professor for his contribution. Appointments
           may be extended for periods of up to three years at a time.

5      Policy on the circumstances in which visiting professors may use their title
(i)    Visiting professors enjoy equal academic status with other professors of the University.
       Visiting professors are entitled to use the style professor in the context of the
       University.
(ii) The conferment of the title visiting professor relates to the status of the individual at the
     University of Derby. Normally, at the home institution or at other places of work, the
     visiting professor’s usual title applies. The style visiting professor is the one used in
     connection with the duties and responsibilities held at the University of Derby. A
     Visiting Professor may gain approval at the home institution to use the title; or judge it
     appropriate to use the title at his usual place of work. The responsibility for exercising
     appropriate discretion in this matter rests with the visiting professor.

(iii) On termination of the position as visiting professor at the University of Derby, the
      individual is expected to discontinue the use of the title.

Visiting Professors: APPROVED by Academic Board May 1997.

 NOTES: The Section on nomination requirements was APPROVED by Conferments Committee in
 October 1997, the Section on circumstances in which Visiting Professors may use their title was
 APPROVED by Academic Board in January 1998. Rewritten February 2006.




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                                                                      Emeritus Professorships
                                          University of Derby

                                University Conferments Committee

                      The Conferment of Emeritus Professorships

1.   Principles

        The title emeritus professor should normally be conferred in recognition of a
         distinguished contribution to the academic life or reputation of the University as a
         professor.
        The conferment is not automatic but is conferred following consideration of a
         written nomination from a senior member of the University staff. This person may
         be another professor or a senior manager of the faculty/University.
        Normally the nominee will have held the professorship for at least 5 years.
        An emeritus professor may elect to continue to practice in his/her field. This does
         not necessarily affect the status as emeritus professor.
        The faculty with which the emeritus professor is associated is encouraged to offer
         practical assistance to emeritus professors who plan to continue making a
         contribution to the research work of the faculty within the limit of resources.
        An emeritus professor may accept a part time contract at the University of Derby or
         elsewhere. S/he may become a visiting professor at another University.
        The University Conferments Committee reserves the right to re-consider at any time
         the suitability of a holder of an emeritus professorship to continue to benefit from the
         title. The Committee may recommend withdrawal of the title emeritus professor if
         s/he brings the University into disrepute or there is any other compelling reason.
        These arrangements apply to professors who retire after the 26th January 2006.
         However, the change is not retrospective. All existing holders of the title emeritus
         professor [conferred prior to 2006] will continue to hold this status providing there is
         no cause for re-consideration.
2.   Procedure

     1. A senior member of staff may nominate a professor for the title emeritus professor
        at any time after the formal announcement of retirement.
     2. The nomination should take the form of a letter setting out the case for the
        distinguished contribution to academic life. It should be accompanied by curriculum
        vitae.
     3. The nomination should be considered by the University Conferments Committee.
     4. All recommendations of the University Conferments Committee are subject to
        approval by Academic Board.
         Paul H Bridges
         Vice-Chairman of the University Conferments Committee
         Agreed and recommended by the University Conferments Committee
                                         th
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                                                                        University Readerships

                                         University of Derby

                    University Readerships: Criteria and Procedures


1.    Introduction
The university readership is recognition of personal distinction and leadership in research.
The individual appointed may hold the position for an indefinite period. S/he is given the
title: University Reader in a named discipline.
2.    University readerships
The title of university reader in a named discipline may be conferred in recognition of an
individual’s advanced standing as a researcher and research leader in a specific discipline.
The individual needs to have published substantial and significant papers in research and
to have contributed to the leadership and management of research activity. Candidates are
expected to demonstrate a reputation, which equates to the achievement of a national level
of excellence in their own research, as judged by peers in the subject area.
The conferment of the title university reader will normally be taken as an indication that the
individual is equipped to take a leading role in the development and management of
research activity within the Faculty. Such an individual may play a similar role in curriculum
development in advanced undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as well as play a
role at University level.

3.    Criteria for the conferment of university readerships

The applicants should satisfy all three criteria:
1     Applicant has made a significant and substantial contribution in the form of scholarship,
      research, creative work, consultancy, professional practice or performance in the
      furtherance of his subject and/or its application to society.
2     The applicant has gained a reputation for the high quality of the works.
3     The applicant has gained some personal distinction for their leadership in the field.
Candidates must provide evidence of significant achievement through research,
scholarship or creative work. Success in consultancy and professional practice alone is
normally insufficient for the recommendation of the conferment of a university readership.

4.    Process of conferment of university readerships
The process for the conferment of university readerships is as follows:
(i)   The University issues an invitation for applications for the conferment of university
      readerships indicating the criteria which will be used, the documentation required and
      the deadline for applications.
(ii) The documentation required is as follows:
      (a) The candidate’s personal statement of application.
      (b) The candidate’s curriculum vitae in relation to research and related activity
      (c) The names of two external and independent referees with knowledge of the
          relevant field of research
      (d) An academic statement from the dean together with the name of one external
          independent referee making three referees in total.

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Important advice
    (a)   Referees: Candidates should cite referees who are external to the institution and
          with whom they have not worked closely for at least five years. It is also
          inadvisable to cite the former supervisor of the candidate’s doctoral thesis.
    (b)   Publications and exhibitions: In relation to their cited publications, candidates are
          strongly advised to ensure that they annotate the citations to clarify the status of
          the journals, whether the paper was refereed, their part in any joint research and
          preparation of the paper and the significance of the work. Without this
          information the members of the University Conferments Committee may be
          unable to evaluate the candidate’s contribution.
    (c)   Supplementary information: The submission of supplementary material is
          discouraged and should only occur when this is regarded as essential.
(iii) A preliminary consideration of candidates
The Chairman, Vice Chairman and one other member of the Committee will give
preliminary consideration to all applications and may advise individual candidates that their
applications fall well short of the requirements of the Committee’s normal interpretation of
the criteria. In such a case the individual applicant will be advised of the situation and
recommended to withdraw from consideration. However, the applicant may decline this
advice and be considered, except in instances where the applicant has made an
unsuccessful application within the last two years.
(iv) A meeting of the University Conferments Committee is held
The Committee will consider the application and curriculum vitae together wit the reports of
the referees.
(v) Post meeting actions
Following the meeting of the University Conferments Committee, the Vice Chairman will
convey the outcomes personally to the candidates. Recommendations for conferments of
university readerships remain strictly confidential until the conferments have been approved
by Academic Board. The Vice Chairman is expected to advise unsuccessful candidate(s)
as to how they may strengthen their application in the future.
5. Confidentiality of applications and outcomes
It is a fundamental principle of the procedure that the names of the candidates and all
information relating to their applications are kept confidential. A breach of this confidentiality
is regarded as a serious matter.
6. The conferment of university readerships at appointment
The University may advertise a position to be filled by a person who would be conferred
with the title university reader. This title can only be conferred upon the successful
candidate for the post if s/he fully satisfies the three criteria for a university readership.
The further information sent to the candidates should include the criteria and procedures for
the conferment of university readerships. The detailed instructions to prospective applicants
for a post should advise the applicant to indicate in their letter of application the evidence
for meeting the criteria. Applicants should be asked to include in their list of referees the
names of three suitably qualified external independent referees. Where references are
sought the referees should be asked to comment on the suitability of the applicant for a
university readership should s/he be successful in being offered the post. The main
interview panel should include a member of the University Conferments Committee.


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Following the formal interviews and prioritisation of the candidates, the main interview panel
should consider the eligibility of the successful candidate [and any other candidate who
would be offered the post if the preferred candidate declines the offer] for a university
readership. The interview panel should consider the letter of application, the curriculum
vitae and the references. If it is the recommendation of the interview panel that the
successful candidate for the post should be conferred with a university readership, this
recommendation should be conveyed to the Chair of Academic Board for approval. The
Secretary of the University Conferments Committee should be notified and the outcome
should be reported at the next meeting of Academic Board. A recommendation for a
conferment should only be made if there is a clear consensus on the part of the interview
panel. In the case of a post which is offered as one to be held by a university reader, a
positive recommendation is essential.

PHB/Readerships:
APPROVED on behalf of Academic Board:
                               th
Professor R W Waterhouse, 20 October 1997
                                th
Minor amendments made on 20 July 1998 APPROVED.
Further minor amendments approved September 1999
Further minor amendments to criteria approved January 2001
                            th
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                                                              University Principal Tutorships


                                         University of Derby

                University Principal Tutorships: Criteria and Procedures


1.      Introduction
The university principal tutorship is recognition of an individual’s record and reputation as a
teacher and role in curriculum and academic staff development. These achievements and
contribution to the development of a faculty and wider contribution to the University must be
documented and corroborated by independent internal and external review. S/he is
expected to have an excellent personal record as a teacher and to have shown the ability to
lead in curriculum development and in pedagogical and assessment practices. In addition
s/he will have demonstrated the capacity to work effectively both as a mentor and as an
appraiser in developing skills in the management of student learning among new entrants
to the profession.
The individual appointed may hold the position for an indefinite period. S/he is given the
title: University Principal Tutor with an appropriate descriptor. In an academic statement,
the dean may wish to propose a further designation, as appropriate, for consideration by
the University Conferments Committee. Any subsequent amendment of a proposed
designation must have the agreement of the dean.

2.      Criteria for conferment of university principal tutorships
The title of university principal tutor may be conferred in recognition of an individual’s
advanced standing as an accomplished leader in learning development and management.
The individual needs to have a proven record in relation to at least two of the following
three criteria:

A. An outstanding record and reputation as a teacher
   This claim may be based upon a variety of sources of evidence:
(i)     Independent observation and appraisal of teaching, in the context of the candidate’s
        own teaching plans, undertaken for this express purpose.

(ii) Quality of teaching materials prepared by the candidate.
(iii) Assessment results and external examiner’s reports.
(iv) Testimony of other staff collaborating in team teaching.

B. A major contribution to curriculum development
   A variety of types of evidence be adduced in support.
(i)      Evidence of modules or programmes in the development or revision of which the
        applicant has played a major role.
(ii) Innovative approaches to teaching, the management of student’s learning and
     assessment, which have been critically evaluated.
(iii)    Significant development of learning materials (textbooks, workbooks, packaged
        materials and courseware), with evidence of evaluation.
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C. A very significant and positive influence the pedagogical practice of others.
   This claim may be based upon a variety of sources of evidence, for example:

(i)    Evidence of a substantial contribution to the advance of practice in educational
      technology and other related developments in learning and assessment through active
      participation in staff development workshops and seminars.

(ii) Evidence of effectiveness as a mentor or appraiser within the Certificate in Professional
     Practice or in other similar programmes.

(iii) Effective involvement in Faculty and University committees concerned with teaching
      and learning.

(iv) Substantial experience as an external academic specialist who has been employed in
     an advisory capacity, QAA auditor, a member of a validation panel of external
     institutions, a consultant or other similar roles.

(v) Extensive experience as an external examiner (or external assessor or moderator) for
    other institutions. This may include such experience at subject or award levels.

Applicants for university principal tutorships are expected to be networked into appropriate
external organisations and to be making wider contributions in such a context. Particular
weight will be given to the candidate’s professional and pedagogical publications and
conference presentations. Such evidence of involvement and influence beyond the
University itself will be expected of a university principal tutor seeking professorial status in
due course.

3.    Procedure for the appointment of university principal tutorships

(i)   The University issues an invitation for applications for the conferment of university
      principal tutorships indicating the criteria which will be used, the documentation
      required and the deadline for applications.

(ii) The documentation requested is as follows:

      (a) An academic statement from the dean of faculty.
      (b) The candidate’s personal statement of application, citing evidence in relation to the
           criteria.
      (c) The candidate’s curriculum vitae in relation to teaching and learning development.
           Supplementary materials should only be submitted when this is regarded as
           essential.
      (d) The names of two referees. These referees should be external to the institution with
           a close knowledge of the relevant field of pedagogic practice. The referees should
           also be independent of the candidate in the sense that they have not worked with
           the candidate in the last five years. The candidate is advised to explain the status
           and professional relationship, if any, with the referee.
(iii) A preliminary consideration is given to the applications
      The Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary will give preliminary consideration to all
      applications and may advise individual candidates that their applications fall well short
      of the requirements of the Committee’s normal interpretation of the criteria. In such a
      case the individual applicant will be advised of the situation and recommended to
      withdraw from consideration. However, the applicant may decline this advice and be
      considered, except in instances where the applicant has made an unsuccessful
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(iv) A meeting of the University Conferments Committee is held.

(v) Following the meeting of the committee, the Vice Chairman conveys the outcomes
    personally to the applicants indicating in the case of an unsuccessful candidature, the
    action which may strengthen the application on a future occasion and when a further
    application might be made.

(vi) The recommendations of the University Conferments Committee are subject to
     ratification by Academic Board.

4.   Confidentiality
It is a fundamental principle of the procedure that the names of the candidates and all
information relating to their applications are kept confidential.    A breach of this
confidentiality is regarded as a serious matter.

5. The conferment of university principal tutorships at appointment
The University may advertise a position to be filled by a person who would be conferred
with the title university principal tutorship. This title can only be conferred upon the
successful candidate for the post if s/he fully satisfies the normal criteria.
The further information sent to the candidates should include the criteria and procedures for
the conferment of university principal tutor. The detailed instructions to prospective
applicants for a post should advise the applicant to indicate in their letter of application the
evidence for meeting the criteria. Applicants should be asked to include in their list of
referees the names of three suitably qualified external independent referees. Where
references are sought the referees should be asked to comment on the suitability of the
applicant for a university principal tutorship should s/he be successful in being offered the
post. The main interview panel should include a member of the University Conferments
Committee.
Following the formal interviews and prioritisation of the candidates, the main interview panel
should consider the eligibility of the successful candidate [and any other candidate who
would be offered the post if the preferred candidate declines the offer] for a university. The
interview panel should consider the letter of application, the curriculum vitae and the
references. If it is the recommendation of the interview panel that the successful candidate
for the post should be conferred with a university principal tutorship, this recommendation
should be conveyed to the Chair of Academic Board for approval. The Secretary of the
University Conferments Committee should be notified and the outcome should be reported
at the next meeting of Academic Board. A recommendation for a conferment should only be
made if there is a clear consensus on the part of the interview panel. In the case of a post
which is offered as one to be held by a university principal tutor, a positive recommendation
is essential.

PHB/University Principal Tutorships
APPROVED on behalf of Academic Board
Professor R W Waterhouse 30 October 1997
Minor Amendments Approved September 1998
Minor revision to the guidance, March 2003, March 2005 and February 2006.




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                                                                              Higher Doctorates
                                        University of Derby

                The Award of Higher Doctorates: Doctor of Science (DSc)
                 Procedure for consideration and criteria for the Award


1.   Purpose of Document
The purpose of this paper is to identify the criteria which must be met for the conferment of
the Doctor of Science (DSc) and to set down the procedure which is to be followed in the
consideration of a candidate. The non-honorary award may only be conferred upon
suitably qualified members of staff of the University. Scientists who are not members of the
University may be nominated and considered for the award of an honorary Doctor of
Science (Hon DSc) under arrangements already in place for the conferment of honorary
awards. The Honorary Awards Committee is expected to establish its reasonable
satisfaction that those who are offered an honorary DSc compare closely in the magnitude
of their contribution to the field of science with those who qualify for the non-honorary
award.

2.   Criteria
The Doctor of Science degree is a member of a family of awards known collectively as
higher doctorates. The higher doctorate is the highest level of recognition conferred by the
University. It is therefore intended that the criteria listed below should reflect the pre-
eminent status of the award.

1       The candidate should be recognised as a leading international authority within the
        field of research.
2       The candidate should have a very substantial portfolio of published papers in
        referred specialist scientific journals and/or a number of books. The books may be
        specialist conference proceedings, edited volumes on specialist topics,
        undergraduate textbooks or books published for a wider public readership. The
        collective works would normally be expected to relate to a broad theme. If the
        books have been addressed to a wider public readership, the portfolio must include
        major scientific papers which are recognised as significant contributions in their own
        right.
3       The candidate should be recognised as having contributed substantially to the field
        of research through a major advance in analytical techniques, experimentation,
        scientific modelling or through improved understanding of observed phenomena.
        The production of substantial descriptive or technical works is not sufficient: there
        must be compelling evidence of originality or innovation.
4       The majority of the candidate’s written works submitted for consideration should be
        of the highest quality in terms of structure, content and lucidity.
The candidate must be deemed to have satisfied all four criteria by a majority of four
independent and external specialists in the field with no significant dissent. The four
assessors are invited to submit their assessments to the University Conferments
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3.   Procedure

1      An invitation to staff of the University to apply for the conferment of a higher
       doctorate is issued in late March at the same time as the invitation for
       professorships and university readerships and university principal tutorships. The
       dean of faculty may wish to take the initiative and encourage a member of staff to
       apply.

2      Candidates submit their application by the stipulated deadline.              The application
       should comprise the following:
       (i)   A statement of application which identifies, and explains succinctly, the principal
             contributions which the candidate has made to the field of research. These
             contributions may be one or more aspects of the field of enquiry but should all
             relate to the general field.
       (ii) A statement of support from a senior academic of the University.
       (iii) A list of the principal works which the candidate believes provide the necessary
             evidence to support the claim made in (i). It is recommended that the candidate
             should provide a brief annotation of each work to explain the contribution which
             it has made. This list of principal works should be highly selective.
       (iv) A comprehensive curriculum vitae which lists all relevant publications, public
            presentations,   organisation  of   conferences,     research,    supervision,
            examinerships for higher degrees by research and successful applications for
            research grants.
       (v) One copy each of the contributions selected for the lists of principal works (if
           available).
3      The candidate is asked to provide the names and addresses of four highly
       accomplished and respected specialists in the field of enquiry who could act as
       external and independent assessors.
4      The application is sent to all four specialists with a request for a recommendation as
       to whether the award should be made.
5      The assessors’ reports are submitted to a meeting of the University Conferments
       Committee for the purpose of the consideration, the Committee should co-opt onto
       the Committee an existing holder of the DSc award (external or internal).
6      There should be a clear recommendation for the award of the DSc by a majority of
       the assessors with no significant dissent on the part of any of the assessors.
7      The members of the University Conferments Committee should satisfy themselves
       that the process has been conducted in accordance with these procedures and that
       any recommendation for the award is warranted by the evidence before them.
       Members of the Conferments Committee may ask to see the submitted principal
       work by arrangement with the Secretary before the meeting commences.

8      Any recommendation for the award of the DSc is subject to approval by Academic
       Board.

Approved by Academic Board 1998
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                                                                              Visiting Fellowships

                                          University of Derby

                             The Conferment of Visiting Fellowships


1      Role of Visiting Fellowship

From time to time faculties may wish to confer a title upon a visiting academic or upon a
senior or distinguished business or professional practitioner in recognition of the significant
role which they will play within the life of the faculty. The title visiting fellow is suitable for
academic or professional practitioners who are expected to make a significant contribution,
but who because of the nature of their work do not meet the criteria for the conferment of a
visiting professor.

The actual title used can be adapted to reflect the primary nature of their role with each of
the following being acceptable:
Visiting Fellow
Visiting Research Fellow
Visiting Professional Fellow
Visiting Teaching Fellow
2      Procedure
(i)  Faculties may propose that named individuals may be conferred with the title of Visiting
     Fellow.
(ii) The dean submits a memorandum to the Secretary of the University Conferments
     Committee.
3      The memorandum should contain the following information:
(i)   The name of the proposed Visiting Fellow.
(ii)  Proposed title (Visiting Fellow, Visiting Research Fellow, Visiting Professional Fellow
      or Visiting Teaching Fellow in named discipline if appropriate)
(iii) Current affiliation and position (where appropriate)
(iv) Most significant academic/professional achievements
(v) An outline of the duties or contribution to the School/Department expected while the
      academic is a Visiting Fellow
(vi) Period for which the academic will hold the title. (Normally for any recommended
      period up to three years, renewable for further periods of two years at a time).
4      The application may be submitted at any time.
5      The application will be considered by the University Conferments Committee, normally
       by correspondence. In order for the visiting fellowship to be recommended, the must
       satisfy themselves that the person proposed has a good academic or professional
       standing within their area of activity.
6      Deans should normally expect a response within three weeks of submitting the
       application.
7      The same mechanism is used in the case of renewal of a Visiting Fellowship.
8      The recommendation for the conferment is formally ratified at the next meeting of
       Academic Board.
MC/University Conferments Committee
Approved by Academic Board January 2004

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                                                                         Policy on referees

                                       University of Derby

                          Policy on Referees for Conferments



Independent is taken to mean that the candidate and the referee have not collaborated
significantly in the past and have not engaged in joint works at all in the last five years.
External means external to the institution(s) where the candidate has worked in the last
five years.
(a)   Candidates for the title of university principal tutor should provide the names of
      two appropriately qualified referees who should normally be external to the
      University. Referees should also be independent.

(b)   Candidates for the title of university reader should provide the names of two
      appropriately qualified external and independent referees who, preferably, should
      hold the rank of reader or professor in a related discipline.

In addition the University Conferments Committee requests the dean to provide the name
of one further appropriately qualified referee. All references received in connection with an
application should be formally considered by the Committee.
(c)   Candidates for the title of professor should nominate five appropriately qualified
      external, independent referees who, preferably, hold the rank of professor in a related
      discipline. In addition the dean is asked to nominate one further independent
      external referee.
(d)   Candidates for higher doctorates should provide the names of four external and
      independent individuals who are qualified to act as assessors.
(e)   Candidates for the title of visiting fellow do not need referees.

(f)   The University Honorary Award Committee may request references to confirm that a
      proposed conferment is appropriate.

Referees:
APPROVED by Conferments Committee, October 1997
Minor amendments approved by Academic Board, January 2001
Editorial corrections 12th March 2003 and 15th March 2005




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                                                                  Communicating decisions

                                      University of Derby

            Policy and procedure for the communication of the decisions
                      of the University Conferments Committee

           Professorships, university readerships, university principal tutorships


1   Policy and Procedure

(a) The proceedings of the University Conferments Committee are strictly confidential.
    With the exceptions outlined below, members are not permitted to divulge any
    information to people outside the Committee.
(b) The Vice Chairman of the University Conferments Committee is required to report back
    the outcomes of applications to the individual candidates concerned at the earliest
    opportunity. This report should preferably take the form of a meeting where the Vice
    Chair can explain the outcome and, in the case of an unsuccessful application, advise
    the candidate how s/he may advance their case in the future. The candidates should
    receive confirmation of the outcome in writing within one week of the meeting of the
    Conferments Committee.

(c) As a courtesy to the deans who have submitted statements or nominations in respect
    of candidates, a letter is sent to each director indicating the outcomes for those
    candidates who relate to the faculty. The contents of these letters in relation to the
    successful candidates, are strictly confidential until the meeting of Academic Board has
    been held to ratify the recommendations of the University Conferments Committee.
    The information relating to unsuccessful candidates remains strictly confidential
    indefinitely. The letters are sent within one week of the date of the meeting of the
    University Conferments Committee.

(d) Following the meeting Academic Board, members of the Academic Board are free to
    inform colleagues of the conferments which have been ratified.

(e) The conferments are normally publicised in Connected.

Communicating decisions:
APPROVED by Conferments Committee, October 1997


Paul H Bridges
Executive Vice Chairman
University Conferments Committee
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