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Report of the General Board on certain fixed-term Professorships and Readerships and future arrangements for awarding the title of Honorary Professor or Reader

The GENERAL BOARD beg leave to report to the University as follows:

1. In their Notice on appointments to unestablished posts at the level of Professor and Reader (Reporter, 2000-01, p. 552) the Board set out new arrangements for the establishment of fixed-term Professorships and Readerships in circumstances where hitherto unestablished Research Professorships and Readerships had been created. The Board indicated in that Notice that there were a number of persons with the title of Research Professor and one with the title of Research Reader for whom they intended in due course to bring forward proposals under the new arrangements for the establishment of single tenure Professorships and Readerships, for the approval of the Regent House.

2. In accordance with the procedure outlined in paragraph 6 of their Notice the Board now propose the establishment of fixed-term Professorships and one Readership for the persons and periods (coterminous with the period for which funding is available) specified in Recommendations I and III. The duties associated with each Professorship and Readership will be the duties associated currently with the corresponding unestablished Research Professorships and Readerships.

3. In addition, there are a number of individuals who were given leave of absence from established Professorships to enable them to be appointed to unestablished Research Professorships. The conditions attached to this arrangement were that at the end of the appointment as unestablished Research Professor the individual concerned would resume the duties of the established Professorship from which he or she had been given leave. The General Board have taken the view that in these cases it would be unnecessary to propose the conversion of their unestablished Research Professorships to established fixed-term Professorships as this would mean that the individuals concerned would be holding two established Professorships, the fixed-term office being held while on leave from the permanent office. Instead the Board have agreed to propose that their current appointments as unestablished Professors and Readers cease with effect from 30 September 2001 and that from 1 October 2001 they hold the Professorships specified under Recommendation II below, with the titles duly amended and their duties remaining as at present until the end dates specified in their current contracts of employment as unestablished Research Professors.

4. The persons referred to in Recommendations I, II, and III have been consulted and have raised no objection to the proposals.

5. Elections to Professorships tenable for a specified number of years are made by the General Board under the provision of Statute D, XV, 1(c)(iii). The future procedure for the establishment and filling of such fixed-term Professorships will be in accordance with the relevant sections of Statute D, XIV and D, XV and also the arrangements set out in paragraph 7 of the Board's Notice. The Board will normally constitute an Advisory Committee, along the lines of a Board of Electors, to advise them on the choice of a person for appointment under the provisions of Statute D, XV, 1(c)(iii). The procedure for appointing fixed-term Readers will be as provided in Regulations 1 to 4 of the regulations for Readers and Readerships (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 680). In cases where an individual has been successful in a prestigious and external competition, for example, the Leverhulme Research Professorships, MRC Research Professorships, or Royal Society Professorships, which require the University to establish a Professorship for the individual concerned, proposals for the establishment of fixed-term Professorships must be forwarded to the Board for preliminary consideration. On the advice of the Advisory Committee on Senior Appointments, constituted of six senior members representative of the main academic areas of the University, the Board will, if appropriate, make the necessary recommendations to the University for the establishment of a fixed-term Professorship. The Board will receive appropriate documentation in support of all such proposals, including evidence of agreement by the sponsor to provide the full cost of the appointment for a period of not less than five years, including the provision for overheads where appropriate. The Board recognize that the circumstances of individual cases may vary, and they retain the right to amend the above procedures, on the recommendation of their Advisory Committee on Senior Appointments, if this is justified in exceptional cases.

6. The Board take the opportunity of the publication of this Report to inform the Regent House of the outcome of their review of the arrangements for awarding the title of Honorary Professor or Reader. The Board have approved the amended scheme which is outlined in the Annex to this Report subject to the approval of the following amendment to Regulation 2 of the regulations for the titles of Honorary Professor and Reader (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 635). This regulation stipulates that the title of Honorary Professor and Reader may be held for not more than three years at a time. The Board have agreed that the limit on the period specified for the conferment of these titles should be five years, and that it should be renewable for further periods of up to five years at a time. They propose that Regulation 2 be amended to that effect.

7. The General Board recommend:

I. That Professorships be established for named persons for one tenure for the periods specified, placed in Schedule B of the Statutes, and assigned to the Faculty or Department named in each case, as follows;

A Professorship of Mathematical Sciences (with duties as Director of the Millennium Mathematics Project) in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics for Professor J. D. Barrow for the period from 1 October 2001 to 30 September 2009.

A Professorship of Photonics in the Department of Engineering for Professor W. A. Crossland for the period from 1 October 2001 to 31 December 2003.

A Wellcome Professorship of Medicine in the Department of Medicine for Professor D. T. Fearon for the period from 1 October 2001 to 30 June 2003.

An MRC Professorship of Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care for Professor N. E. Day for the period from 1 October 2001 to 30 September 2004.

An MRC Professorship of Behavioural Neurology in the Department of Medicine for Professor J. R. Hodges for the period from 1 October 2001 to 31 March 2007.

A Rank Professorship of Opto-electronics in the Department of Zoology for Professor S. B. Laughlin for the period from 1 October 2001 to 30 September 2004.

A Professorship of Petroleum Engineering in the Department of Engineering for Professor A. E. Palmer for the period from 1 October 2001 to 31 May 2006.

A Professorship of Protein Crystallography in the Department of Haematology for Professor R. J. Read for the period from 1 October 2001 to 31 May 2008.

A Symetrix Professorship of Ferroics in the Department of Earth Sciences for Professor R. J. F. Scott for the period from 1 October 2001 to 31 August 2004.

An MRC Professorship in Normal and Disordered Language Comprehension in the Department of Experimental Psychology for Professor L. K. Tyler for the period from 1 October 2001 to 30 September 2005.

A Professorship of Management Studies in the Judge Institute of Management Studies for Professor G. Walsham for the period from 1 October 2001 to 30 September 2013.

II. That the changes, as specified below, relating to existing Professorships be made:

The title of the Professorship of Molecular Pharmacology in the Department of Pharmacology currently held by Professor R. F. Irvine be changed to the Royal Society Professorship of Molecular Pharmacology for the duration of Professor Irvine's tenure.

The title of the Professorship of Earth Sciences (1985) currently held by Professor D. P. McKenzie, be changed to the Royal Society Professorship of Earth Sciences for the duration of Professor McKenzie's tenure.

III. That a Readership in Astrophysics be established in the Institute of Astronomy for Dr M. Pettini for the period from 1 October 2001 to 31 May 2009 and that the General Board be authorized to appoint Dr Pettini to the Readership.

IV. That Regulation 2 of the regulations on Titles of Honorary Professors and Honorary Readers be amended as follows:

By replacing the word 'three' in lines 2 and 3 by the word 'five'.

 

23 May 2001 ALEC N. BROERS,Vice-Chancellor KEITH GLOVER PETER LIPTON
TONY BADGER MALCOLM GRANT A. C. MINSON
P. J. BAYLEY J. C. GRAY KATE PRETTY
N. BULLOCK BRIAN F. G. JOHNSON M. SCHOFIELD

ANNEX

Scheme for the conferment of the titles of Honorary Professor and Reader

The award of honorific titles is intended as a mark of recognition by the University of the academic standing achieved by individuals.

1. Eligibility

Individuals not employed by the University whom the University wishes to associate with a particular academic institution in order that they may make a contribution to the academic work of the institution through teaching and/or research are eligible. Employees of the University would not be eligible.

2. Criteria

There must be evidence of distinguished contribution in the academic field and of past and/or present association with an academic institution. Conferment of the title would be in recognition of an ongoing academic connection with the University. The standard of distinction would be at least the level to be attained for a personal Professorship or Readership, as appropriate.

3. Documentation and procedure

Proposals must be originated by the Faculty Board concerned. The documentation should include:

(i) an up-to-date curriculum vitae;
(ii) a statement of the case which must include information on the academic standing and contribution of the individual;
(iii) the names and addresses of at least three referees or external advisers who may be consulted.

The case should be approved and submitted by the relevant Faculty Board to the General Board's Committee on the Titles of Honorary Professor and Reader, who will make a recommendation to the General Board.

The circumstances of individual requests may vary, and the General Board retain the right to vary the above procedure.

4. Period of the award of title

The title of Honorary Professor or Reader may be awarded for up to five years, continuously, and is renewable for periods of up to five years at a time. The General Board will decide on the period of the award, on the recommendation of the Faculty Board concerned.

5. Reimbursement

Travel and subsistence may be payable by the Faculty or Department concerned.

6. Conditions of the conferment of the title

As a condition of accepting the title, the individual must agree in writing to observe, where appropriate, the Statues and Ordinances of the University, the various policies and codes of practice on bullying/harassment, health and safety, intellectual property, confidentiality, and use of computers, etc.


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Cambridge University Reporter, 13 June 2001
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