Visiting Titles

Visiting titles are normally conferred on non University of Sheffield staff who may be seconded from another University/Industry or on individuals who make occasional visits to the University of Sheffield. The candidate must hold an equivalent level position. A Visiting title is normally conferred for a period of one year but may be for up to three years.

  • Visiting Professor
  • Advanced Visiting Fellow
  • Visiting Scholar
  • Visiting Lecturer
  • Visiting Researcher

Procedure for inviting Academic Visitors to the University

A Notification of Academic Visitor form (available to download at the top right of this page), should be completed noting the visitor’s nationality. If the visitor is a national from a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA) contact your HR Team to discuss visa requirements. Head of Departments recommend an individual to the Faculty Director of Research & Innovation/Director of Learning & Teaching (as appropriate) using the above form. Once authorised, the form is forwarded to Human Resources. On receipt of the full set of information, your HR Team will write to the individual to confirm the conferment of the Visiting title and its duration.

UK Visas and Immigration’s (UKVI's) Points Based System (PBS) for immigration

The following guidance sets out how the UKVI's points based system for immigration, effects the way in which the University engages with Academic Visitors (this applies to all visitors listed below) and other individuals from overseas who undertake work/activities at the University but who are not University employees (e.g. people who are invited to the University typically to perform research or undertake some other form of work). This guidance explains how the immigration legislation governs the way in which the University engages with these individuals, and the procedures that must be followed to satisfy the requirements of the UKVI. These guidelines do not encompass visiting research students, the registration of which falls within the remit of Student Services.

Visitors to the UK will be required to provide evidence that they are eligible to work in the UK. Nationals of the member states of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland can enter the UK without any restrictions and do not require a visa to enter the UK. See information in relation to EEA visitors. The UKVI states that a tourist visa is not sufficient. Any visitor arriving at the University with a tourist visa will not be permitted to visit. See guidance on appropriate visa for non EEA nationals. Processing times for visa applications can vary and can sometimes take a number of weeks. It is therefore, important to liaise with Human Resources as soon as possible so as to avoid any unnecessary delays in the visit to the University.

Title Description Procedure
Visiting Professor Visiting Professors will make significant contributions through research and/or undertaking an advisory role. They will be individuals of the highest standing in their profession who are held in high esteem as leading thinkers in their field.
  • Recommendation from the Head of Department, including a full CV, to Human Resources, via the Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor. The recommendation should indicate the period of tenure (up to 3 years).
  • The title of Visiting Professor will be considered and endorsed by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty by which the award is requested.
  • Human Resources will issue a letter of confirmation.
Advanced Visiting Fellow
  • Evidence of excellence in the professional field, as shown by either standing in the profession or original research.
  • Contributes to Departmental teaching and Research or undertakes collaborative work with University Staff.
  • Holds an equivalent position in an external organisation or in industry.
  • No remuneration is paid.
  • Recommendation from the Head of Department, including a full CV, to Human Resources, via the Faculty Director of Research & Innovation . The recommendation should indicate the period of tenure (up to 3 years).
  • The title of Advanced Visiting Fellow will be considered and endorsed by the Director of Research & Innovation of the Faculty by which the title is requested.
  • Human Resources will issue a letter of confirmation.
Visiting Scholar Visiting Scholars will show evidence of personal distinction in scholarship and excellence in their professional field as shown by either standing in their profession or original research.
  • Recommendation from the Head of Department, including a full CV, to Human Resources, via the Faculty Director of Research & Innovation. The recommendation should indicate the period of tenure (up to 3 years).
  • The title of Visiting Scholar will be considered and endorsed by the Director of Research & Innovation of the Faculty by which the title is requested.
  • Human Resources will issue a letter of confirmation.
Visiting Lecturer Visiting Lecturers will contribute to departmental teaching or research and will have significant reputation in the field of research/expertise/teaching and will be equivalent in standing to a lecturer.
  • Recommendations from the Head of Department, including a full CV, to Human Resources, via the Faculty Director of Research & Innovation or the Faculty Director of Learning & Teaching (as appropriate). The recommendation should indicate the period of tenure (up to 3 years).
  • The title of Visiting Lecturer will be considered and endorsed by the Director of Research & innovation or the Director of Learning & Teaching (as appropriate) of the Faculty by which the title is requested.
  • Human Resources will issue a letter of confirmation.
Visiting Researcher Visiting Researchers will have a significant reputation in the field of research/expertise. They will contribute to departmental research and be equivalent in standing to a Research Associate/Fellow.
  • Recommendation from the Head of Department, including a full CV, to Human Resources, via the Faculty Director of Research & Innovation. The recommendation should indicate the period of tenure (up to 3 years).
  • The title of Visiting Researcher will be considered and endorsed by the Director of Research & Innovation of the Faculty by which the title is requested.
  • Human Resources will issue a letter of confirmation.