Honorary Status - Criteria April2010v2 by ashrafp


									                        UNIV ERSITY HONORARY STATUS –


Honorary Status of the University is intended to honour persons who have rendered
appreciable public service to the University, probably over a number of years, but not
excluding those whose contribution has been particularly significant, although over a shorter
period. Honorary Status may not be awarded to University employees.

Within the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine most Honorary Status titles are
subject to five-yearly review by the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine Academic Staff
Promotions and Honorary Status Committee. Honorary Professorships and Post-retirement
Honorary Fellowships are subject to three-yearly review by the College of Medicine &
Veterinary Medicine Academic Staff Promotions and Honorary Status Committee.

Nominations for and Review of Honorary Profe ssorship s and Honorary Readerships

The most senior levels of honorary status (Honorary Professor and Honorary Reader) are
managed through the Annual College Academic Promotions proc ess, which is usually
launched around September each year. For queries on promotion to Honroary Professor or
Honorary Reader please contract Lisa Travers on Lisa. Travers@ed.ac.uk

Nominations for other type s of Honorary Status

New nominations for all other types of Honorary Status should be made on the Nomination for
Honorary Status Form. An electronic version of the form can be found on the MVM HR
website (http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/medicine-vet-medicine/staff-

The completed from should be sent, along wit h a copy of the individual‟s CV (the CV should
be restricted to 2-3 pages), to the Head of School for consideration and approval and
signature. The Head of School will then forward this to the School Office who will liaise with

In the case of new requests for Part-Time Senior Lecturer status, all requests should initially be
submitted to the Clinical Director in the appropriat e hospital speciality. Thereafter the Clinical Director
should send the request on to the appropriate Head of School in the University. The CV must contain
relevant pers onal information and include details of work undertaken in research, research grants
awarded/held, numbers of publications in the various categories, etc. An additional brief statement
should be provided of the research plan and the departmental support and resources which are or will
be available.

Review of other types of Honorary Status

For reviews of Honorary Status the Review of Honorary Status Form should be completed
and submitted as above.

An electronic version of the form can be found on the MVM HR website

Queries and Information about Honorary Status

General and specific queries regarding Honorary Status should be directed to Ruth
Bebbington on Ruth.Bebbington@ed.ac.uk, with the exception of specific queries regarding
Honorary Professorships and Honorary Readerships, which should be directed to Lisa
Travers on Lisa. Travers@ed.ac.uk

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Senior Honorary Status (Honorary Profe ssor and Honorary Reader)

1)   Honorary Professor

     This title may only be conferred on individuals who are not members of the University‟s
     staff, and are of sufficiently high academic distinction that, were they University of
     Edinburgh employees, they would be credible candidates for the award of a Personal
     Chair. They may hold Directorships of, or lead major research teams in, organisations
     with whic h the University has a close working relationship in res earc h (such as
     Associated Institutions) or hold similar positions in local organisations with which the
     University has close working relationships in the areas of teaching or res earch

     As part of the annual academic promotions round, existing Honorary Professors are
     reviewed and proposals are made for their renewal where appropriat e. New
     nominations are sought, and submitted to the College Promotions Committee for
     discussion and, if deemed appropriate are approved. Generally, Honorary Professors
     are not paid by the University of Edinburgh. If it is propos ed that a nominee should be
     paid, then the proposal, if it is supported by the College, has to be submitted to the
     Personal Chairs Committee for approval.

     Holders of Honorary Professorships are entitled to the use of the courtesy title of
     „Professor‟. It should be noted that Honorary Professors are not established chairs or
     personal chairs and consequently Honorary Professors may indicate their title
     designation as e.g. “Professor J.T Smith, Honorary Professor” but NOT “Professor J. T
     Smith, Professor of Experimental Cardiology”

     The title confers no specific rights or privileges, other than the right to receive official
     University publications (e.g. Calendar, Diary, Bulletin) and to take part in such
     ceremonial and social functions as may be decided.

     The title carries with it no obligations on the bearers, other than that of making
     themselves available, so far as in their own judgement is possible, for consultation by
     University colleagues. In the event of the bearer leaving Edinburgh to take up another
     appointment and severing connections with this University, the Honorary Professorship
     will lapse immediately.

2)   Honorary Reader

     Honorary Readerships are awarded as marks of personal distinction t o individuals
     whos e academic contributions to the advancement of t heir subject by research and
     publication are recognised as important. Excellence as a teacher or administrator is
     not of itself ground for the award of a Readership.

     The title of Honorary Reader is conferred on an individual to recognise specific
     research achievement. A Honorary Reader will demonstrate a high level of excellenc e
     in research with an international profile. There should be clear evidence that the
     research is growing in quality, volume and impact.

     The award of an Honorary Readers hip rec ognises an individual‟s high international
     reputation arising from the impact of their research which may be evidenced by:

          A substantial track record of research activity and publications of high quality and
           impact including books, chapters and articles;
          A significant rec ord of success in securing research grants and awards;
          A substantial track record of invitations to present papers at prestigious national
           and international conferences;
          Successful knowledge transfer from research, in the form of patents, licenses and
           spin-out companies;

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           Editorships or membership of editorial boards of learned journals;
           E vidence of regular requests to referee the work of other scholars for prestigious
           Membership of national and international bodies relevant to the research field,
            especially where membership carries some mark of esteem;
           Cont ribution to the work of professional societies in significant roles;
           Substantial evidence of citations by other researchers and practitioners;

           E vidence of significant achievements in one‟s field through the receipt of
            prestigious prizes and awards;
           Notable contributions to the public understanding of research;
           Where appropriate, evidence of innovation and leadership in clinical service

Honorary Status below the level of Honorary Reader and Professor

1)      Honorary Senior Lecturer (Non-Clinical)

        The College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine Academic Staff P romotions and Honorary
        Status Committee may rec ommend this title, occasionally, for non-medical teachers holding
        senior appointments with the NHS or other authorities who are playing, or for new appointees
        who wish to play, a major role in the work of the University, usually through active and
        frequent participation in undergraduate or postgraduate teaching, or supervis ion for higher

2)      Honorary Fellow or Post-Retirement Honorary Fellow

        In the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine this title may be offered (a) to individuals
        working in areas associated with the College‟s teaching or research; (b) to Medical or dental
        practitioners who are not employed by a Health Board; or (c) to recently retired members of
        the University‟s honorary or ac ademic staff. In each case the title is offered in rec ognition of
        a significant contribution in teac hing or res earc h to the work of the University, for example, an
        annual course of lectures, supervision of graduate students, or a major contribution to
        research in collaboration with University staff.

Additional Honorary Status Titles below the level of Readership and Professorship Reserved
for Clinical Staff

Under the terms of their NHS contracts with the Trusts or Boards all consultants are expected to
participat e in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and to avail themselves of opportunities for
clinical research. When the res earch or teaching they do contributes to the aims of the university, the
consultant may be offered part -time or honorary academic status, appropriate to the nat ure and extent
of their contribution, as follows:

1)      Honorary Part-time -Senior Lecturer

        This title is normally reserved for NHS consultants who (a) hold res earch grant(s) or who are
        currently making, or for new appointees who are likely to make, a major contribution to the
        research of one (or more) of the departments in the College and (b) have been awarded
        protected academic time within their job plan. Exceptionally, the title may be offered to a
        consultant who has accepted responsibility for organising all student teaching in an entire
        discipline or hospital. Academic work performed during the sessions released by the
        appropriate authority is additional to the clinical teaching responsibility implicit in the
        consultant‟s basic NHS appointment.

2)      Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

        Honorary Clinical Senior Lectureships are reserved for consultants who are playing, or for
        new appointees who wish to play, a major role in the work of the University, usually through

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       active and frequent participation in undergraduate or postgraduate teaching, or supervision for
       higher degrees. In district hospitals and clinical divisions with relatively restricted teaching
       duties, or in general practices, this title will normally be given to the consultant, or practice
       principal, who accepts responsibility for the organisation of teaching in that hospital,
       department or practice, and who is prepared to oversee the education of the students
       attached there. At its discretion, the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine Academic
       Staff Promotions and Honorary Status Committee may also recommend this title for
       consultants with special administrative responsibilities in NHS laboratories or units.

3)    Honorary Clinical Tutor

       This title may be awarded to NHS Clinical Staff, General Practitioners, Nursing staff or others
       working in a clinical setting, who act as tutors and who regularly teach and organise day to
       day teaching programmes in clinical units taking medical students.

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