Honorary Academic Titles

Honorary Academic Titles are normally used by the University of Sheffield to confirm regular on-going collaborations (not occasional visits) between the University and individuals employed by other institutions or organisations. Such individuals will be making or will have made significant professional and/or academic contributions to the University.
An Honorary Academic Title may be conferred for up to three years with the possibility of extension where appropriate.

No remuneration is paid to those holding Honorary Academic Titles.

The below links aim to provide guidance for the appropriate use of various Honorary Academic Titles conferred by the University of Sheffield. The titles described are not intended to be exhaustive and Heads of Department wishing to confer a title not listed should discuss their recommendation with the Department of Human Resources in the first instance.

Title

Description

Procedure

Honorary Professor

The title of `Honorary Professor´ is analogous to that of a Chair holder. This title is normally conferred for a period of three years in the first instance. The contribution that will be used to evaluate cases will include the following, as attested by external assessors:
  • Unequivocal evidence of excellence in the candidate’s professional and/or academic field as shown by either standing in their profession or original research.
  • Distinguished contributions to regular and on going collaboration with an academic department within the University of Sheffield.
  • Recommendation from the Head of Department, including a full CV and the names of persons whom the University may approach for an external independent assessment of the case using the Independent External Assessors Form. The recommendation should indicate the period of tenure (up to 3 years).
  • Assessors should be distinguished in their own field and be knowledgeable about the academic and professional field of the candidate.
  • The title of Honorary Professor will be considered and ultimately approved by the President & Vice Chancellor after consultation with the Vice-President and Head of Faculty and attestation by external assessors.
  • The Department of Human Resources issue a letter of confirmation.

Title

Description

Procedure

Honorary Senior Lecturer
  • Has a significant reputation in the field of research/expertise/teaching and may be active in disseminating findings through publications and conferences.     
  • Contributes to departmental teaching and research at a level equivalent to a Senior Lecturer and/or undertakes collaborative work at that level with University staff.
  • Holds an equivalent position in an external organisation, NHS Trust, another Higher Education institution or within industry.
  • Recommendation from the Head of Department, including a full CV, the reasons for recommendation and the individual’s contact details, to the Faculty Director of Research & Innovation/Director of Learning & Teaching (as appropriate). The recommendation should indicate the period of tenure (up to 3 years).
  • The title of Honorary Senior Lecturer/Honorary Lecturer will be considered and approved by the Faculty Director of Research & Innovation/Director of Learning & Teaching (as appropriate) of the faculty by which the title is requested.
  • The Head of Department issues the letter of confirmation and terms and conditions of conferment (see Downloads). The conferment of the Title will only be valid when the letter has been issued. (All personal messages or arrangements should be conveyed separately). A copy of the letter of confirmation should be copied to the Department of Human Resources.
Honorary Lecturer
  • Has a significant reputation in the field of research/expertise/teaching and may be active in disseminating findings through publications and conferences.
  • Contributes to departmental teaching or research and undertakes collaborative work with University staff that is equivalent in standing to a Lecturer.
  • Holds an equivalent position in an external organisation, NHS Trust, another Higher Education institution or within industry.

Title

Description

Procedure

Honorary Senior Research Fellow
  • Contributes to departmental research or undertakes collaborative work with University staff that is equivalent in standing to a Senior Research Fellow.
  • Has a significant reputation in the field of research/expertise and may be active in disseminating findings through publications and conferences.
  • Holds an equivalent position in an external organisation, NHS Trust, another Higher Education institution or within industry.
  • Recommendation from the Head of Department, including a full CV, the reasons for recommendation and the individual’s contact details, to the Faculty Director of Research & Innovation. The recommendation should indicate the period of tenure (up to 3 years).
  • The title of Honorary Senior Research Fellow/Honorary Research Fellow will be considered and approved by the Faculty Director of Research & Innovation of the Faculty by which the title is requested.
  • The Head of Department issues letter of confirmation and terms and conditions of conferment (see Downloads). The conferment of the Title will only be valid when the letter has been issued. (All personal messages or arrangements should be conveyed separately). A copy of the letter of confirmation should be copied to the Department of Human Resources.
Honorary Research Fellow
  • Has a significant reputation in the field of research/expertise and may be active in disseminating findings through publications and conferences.
  • Contributes to departmental research or undertakes collaborative work with University staff that is equivalent in standing to a Research Fellow.
  • Holds an equivalent position in an external organisation, NHS Trust, another Higher Education institution or within industry.