Academic appointments and honorary associations
For general information regarding recruitment and selection procedures, please refer to the Recruitment and Selection webpages, where you will also find our standard recruitment related templates.
Academic staff appointments
Appointment of Chairs and Readers
A Chair or Readership is a College post, appointed to from either outside or within the College. Professor and Reader posts can also be created by conferment of title on a member of the academic staff already in post through the annual Academic Staff Promotions Exercise.
The appointment procedures and other relevant documents can be accessed at the links below:
- Recruit and appointment procedure for Chairs and Readers [pdf]
- Academic Appointments - use of technology for remote interviews [pdf]
Any enquiries about appointments to Chairs and Readerships should be addressed to the Senior Appointments team.
Appointment of Lecturers and Senior Lecturers
- Lecturers’ and Senior Lecturers’ Appointments Committee membership
- Recruitment and Selection of Lecturers - Best Practice guidance
- Procedure for managing Lecturers' probation
Honorary academic associations
Honorary academic titles for non employees
The work of Departments/Divisions is enhanced by the involvement and collaboration of non-employees in the Department/Division’s activities. To recognise the association, the College may confer an honorary title on a non-employee during the period of their association. An honorary title may not be conferred on an employee of the College.
The title to be conferred will depend on the level of distinction and qualification of the candidate.
Applications should come from the Head of Department/Division with:
- a copy of the person’s CV
- a citation that should include:
- a description of contributions to teaching
- research being undertaken with academic staff as evidenced by joint publications/research projects and research grants or contracts being held jointly or a significant involvement in industry/academic joint activities within the College
- rationale for offering the association
- the start date and end date of the association
Honorary titles are intended to recognise on going attachments and are awarded for a fixed term, normally up to five years in the first instance. For Visiting Professors and Readers the initial association is normally for up to three years.
The following table details the criteria for using honorary titles.
Any requests for honorary titles other than those set out within the table below must be discussed and agreed with the Faculty Dean/Director or Deputy Director of HR for academic and professional roles.
|Approved Honorary Title||Criteria||Comments|
|Honorary Senior Lecturer||Must continue in teaching, research or joint industry/academic activity||Awarded to those not employed by the College (including retired academic staff)|
|Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer||Must continue in teaching, research or joint industry/academic activity to an appropriately high level, usually at a University Hospital or hub GP practice. Will normally hold a consultant post within a Trust||Awarded to those not employed by the College (including retired academic staff)|
|Honorary Lecturer||Must continue in teaching, research or joint industry/academic activity to an appropriately high level||Awarded to those not employed by the College (including retired academic staff)|
|Honorary Clinical Lecturer||Must continue in teaching, research or joint industry/academic activity to an appropriately high level, usually at a University Hospital. They will normally hold a Specialist Registrar post within a Trust||Awarded to those not employed by the College (including retired academic staff)|
|Honorary Teaching Fellow||NHS consultants involved in teaching including those at outlying hospitals||The honorary academic title for NHS consultants whose participation in academic activity is only of intermittent or limited nature|
|Honorary GP Teaching Fellow||The honorary academic title for GPs whose participation in academic activity is being assessed for possible award of the title of Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer|
|Visiting Professor||Person of distinction, whose connection to the College is considered appropriate. Will usually be a Professor who works at another institution||Duties will include teaching and/or research|
|Visiting Reader||Person of distinction, whose connection to the College is considered appropriate. Will usually be a Reader who works at another institution||Duties will include teaching and/or research|
|Academic Visitor||Members of staff of another institution or organisation (usually overseas) who are based in the College for a limited period (normally up to one year) defined at the start of the visit||They are paid by their home institute. They will be expected to undertake research which will be of benefit to their home country|
|Emeritus Professor / Reader||May be awarded on retirement from the College and is given in recognition and appreciation of past service to the College and to the specialist subject area||No remuneration is attached to the award and there is no expectation on the College's part for the delivery of specific tasks or objectives|
|Honorary Senior Research Officer||Evidence of outstanding ability and a high level of responsibility evidenced by publication, design and other appropriate means, size of research project/facility, significant independence of action.|
|Honorary Research Officer||The career grade, with degree or equivalent qualification; responsible for major research facility , the operation of which requires a knowledge at academic level|
|Honorary Clinical Research Fellow||Clinicians taking a period of research where not employed by IC. Would normally hold a Specialist Registrar post within a Trust.||Normally below Consultant level|
|Honorary Principal Research Fellow||Will have made an outstanding contribution to teaching and research||Equivalent to Professorial status|
|Honorary Senior Reserach Fellow||Extensive research experience required, the quality of which is determined by refereed publications, invitation to speak at conferences, hold an established national reputation and a known or developing international reputation. Have the ability to attract significant external research funding. Will usually lead a team of other research staff, possible drawn from several disciplines||Broadly equivalent to Senior Lecturer/Reader|
|Honorary Research Fellow||Proven ability of high quality research, evidenced by authorship of a range of publications. Capable of attracting external research funding. May be required to undertake project management and/or supervise teams and other research staff; expected to provide expert advice and guidance to others||Broadly equivalent to Lecturer|
|Honorary Research Associate||The career grade for research staff. Required to produce independent original research and to take initiatives in planning of research. May direct a small team and advise staff and students||Normally post-doctoral level|
|Requests for honorary titles other than those set out within this table below must be discussed and agreed with the Faculty Dean/Director or Deputy Director of HR for academic and professional roles.|
Visiting researcher associations
A Visiting Researcher is usually someone who has requested, or is asked to come to the College, to observe projects the College are undertaking that are relevant to their field of study or research. They are not employees of the College and are not afforded the same rights and privileges as employees or other visiting academics.
A Visiting Researcher should never receive any form of remuneration. As they are not undertaking any form of paid work they do not require a work permit for the period they are in the College.
A Visiting Researcher association can be granted from anything up to maximum of 12 months. Any further extension requests or requests for a longer period than 12 months should be considered under the honorary and visiting association procedures.
A request to grant an individual Visiting Researcher status should come from the Division with the Visiting researchers form [pdf] completed and a copy of the individuals CV attached.
This request should be sent to the Senior HR Administrator at the relevant campus before the Visiting Researcher starts, as they need to be issued with a CID number and a security pass in order to comply with the College’s Health & Safety regulations. HR will confirm the association in writing to the Visiting Researcher.
Visiting Researchers do not need to be health cleared but can be provided with the clinical services by Occupational Health if required i.e. if undertaking duties in a laboratory environment. A risk assessment should be carried out to determine the need for inoculation against Hepatitis B, or any other immunisation that may be needed. If this is the case, they should attend Occupational Health for vaccination or if they need access to Biological Services Unit they will come to the South Kensington