|Approved by||Staffing Advisory Committee, pre 2000|
|Date Guideline Took Effect||1 January 2000|
|Last Approved Revision||7 November 2017|
|Sponsor||Director of Human Resources|
|Responsible Officer||HR Manager, Promotions & Remuneration|
|Review Date||10 November 2020|
Please note that compliance with University Guidelines is expected in normal circumstances, and any deviation from Guidelines – which should only be in exceptional circumstances – needs to be justifiable.
The purpose of these Guidelines is to define the circumstances in which Honorary titles can be awarded and to set out the approval processes.
These Guidelines apply to all Academic activities.
(a) Honorary Titles are awarded to persons who are undertaking activities which provide a significant ongoing contribution of benefit to the University, and to recognise the importance of the continuing relationship between the appointee and the University.
(b) Honorary Titles are normally associated with the appointment of specialised and leading academic and professional persons to a position within the University.
(c) Titles are awarded in three categories:
i. Honorary Fellows are persons of distinction in organisations with strong affiliations with the University of Otago.
ii. Honorary Academic Titles (Lecturer, Research Fellow, Senior Lecturer, Senior Research Fellow, Associate Professor, Research Associate Professor, Professor or Research Professor) are awarded to persons who are currently in employment with another university or who have been previously employed by the University of Otago in academic positions. The level of appointment will be dependent on the person having such academic and professional eminence that were they a member of the permanent university academic staff they would be appointed at the same level.
iii. Honorary Clinical Titles (Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer) are awarded to persons who are of high standing in the health professions, usually with good to very good academic records. Usually they would be employed in primary healthcare, District Health Boards or other parts of the health sector. The level of appointment will be dependent on the person having such academic and professional eminence that were they a member of the permanent university academic staff they would be appointed at the same level.
(d) In exceptional circumstances, the University will consider awarding Honorary Academic Titles to persons not employed in another University who have not been employed as academic staff members at the University of Otago. In such cases, Departments will be required to demonstrate that the person has such academic and professional eminence that were they a member of the permanent university academic staff they would be appointed at the same level.
(e) The title will be awarded for an initial term of one year, and reappointment will normally be for a term of one to three years.
(f) It is not normal University practice to award Honorary titles to persons who are external co-supervisors of post-graduate students.
(g) Current academic employees of the University of Otago may not be awarded an Honorary Title.
(h) The University retains the right, at its discretion, to withdraw the award of this title if it considers that the individual is not acting in the spirit of the appointment or brings the University into disrepute. Decisions on withdrawal of the title at Professorial level will be made by the Vice-Chancellor on the advice of the Staffing Advisory Committee. Decisions on withdrawal of the title at all other levels will be made by the Staffing Advisory Committee.
2. Approval procedure
(a) The following documentation is required when seeking approval.
i. Documentation required for all Honorary appointments:
• The Recommendation to Award the Title Form or a covering letter which provides the same information;
• CV of the applicant.
ii. Further documentation required when seeking approval to award the title of Honorary Academic Titles at Associate Professor level and above to persons not employed in another University:
• A written case, prepared by the Department, of not more than three pages providing evidence that the person’s achievements are such that they would be appointed to the level sought. In the case of Associate Professor or Professor, evidence of the quality of teaching, assessment and curriculum development, research and/or professional practice and service must be provided. In the case of Research Associate Professor or Research Professor, evidence of the quality of research and/or professional practice and service. Departments should refer to the Academic Promotions Policy Document for Guidance on the preparation of the case;
• The names for five potential referees qualified to evaluate the person’s research. The list of referees must include one referee from New Zealand; one further Australasian referee and three international referees (of which no more than two may be from the same University).
(b) Approval of Honorary Titles is made as follows:
i. Approval of the initial appointment:
|Honorary Title||Approval by||On the recommendation of|
|Honorary Professor |
Honorary Research Professor
|Vice-Chancellor||Head of Department with the support of the Dean (where appropriate), the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and the Staffing Advisory Committee|
|Honorary Fellow |
Honorary Associate Professor
Honorary Research Associate Professor
|Staffing Advisory Committee||Head of Department with the support of the Dean (where appropriate) and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor|
|Honorary Lecturer |
Honorary Research Fellow
Honorary Senior Lecturer
Honorary Senior Research Fellow
|Pro-Vice-Chancellor||Head of Department with the support of the Dean (where appropriate)|
|Honorary Clinical Lecturer |
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer
|Dean||Head of Department|
ii. Reappointments to Honorary positions previously approved by the Vice-Chancellor will be made by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).
iii. Reappointments to Honorary positions previously approved by the Staffing Advisory Committee will be made by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).
(c) When the Staffing Advisory Committee considers requests to award the title of Honorary Professor or Honorary Research Professor, it will make a recommendation to the Vice-Chancellor. On the basis of whether that recommendation was “strongly supported,” “supported,” or “not supported” the Vice-Chancellor would either make a decision or invoke a further process to help decide.
(d) The Human Resources Division will issue all letters of offer.
3. Conditions of the award and departmental responsibilities
(a) Honorary staff are not employees of the University.
(b) Honorary appointees who will be based in New Zealand must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand before commencing the position. It is the responsibility of the person awarded the honorary title to obtain any necessary visas.
(c) The Human Resources Division will provide a web link to a list of relevant policies with all offers. Departments are responsible for ensuring that persons awarded honorary titles are aware of updates to University policies which may affect them. The University will provide library privileges and reasonable access to computing facilities.
(d) Departments are responsible for arranging University Usernames and/or ID cards (if required) to persons awarded honorary titles.
(e) Titles approved by Staffing Advisory Committee, the Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (i.e. Honorary Fellow, Honorary Associate Professor, Honorary Research Associate Professor, Honorary Professor, and Honorary Research Professor) will be listed in the University Calendar.
Related Policies, Procedures and Forms
- Adjunct - Guidelines for the Awarding of the Title
- Visiting Fellows - Guidelines for the Awarding of the Title
- Recommendation to Award an Honorary Title Form
Contact for Further Information
If you have any queries regarding the content of this policy or need further clarification, contact the HR Manager, Promotions & Remuneration at firstname.lastname@example.org or (03) 479 8092.