Emeritus Professors and Readers
The title of Emeritus Professor or Emeritus Reader is awarded in recognition of distinguished academic service by individuals to the University and once conferred, is not time limited. These are prestigious, non-remunerated appointments usually made on the retirement of a longstanding member of academic staff of at least seven years standing.
There are no specific forms for this and the process for nominations for Emeritus appointments is as follows:
- The Head of School is required to submit a nomination and CV to the Office of the Dean of Sciences (Dean’s PA: Joanna Walpole), in which it is confirmed that the member of academic staff will no longer have a substantive employment contract with the University (other than on an hourly paid basis) and that they have held an academic appointment at Kent for at least seven years.
- Nominations that receive the Dean’s approval are sent to the Academic Division [Sarah Megson, Central Administration Manager at Medway] with a letter of support.
- The Academic Division arranges for the appointment to be ratified on behalf of Senate.
- Following Senate’s approval, the details are passed to the University’s HR department from where the appointments are confirmed and the necessary arrangements are put in place for the newly appointed Emeritus Professors and Emeritus Readers.
Ordinance 35 (01.08.2012). EMERITUS PROFESSORS AND READERS
35.1 The Senate may confer the title of Emeritus Professor on any Professor of the University at or after the Professor’s retirement [Statute 8 (04.10.2010) THE RETIREMENT OF MEMBERS OF THE STAFF] in recognition of distinguished service to the University, provided that such a title shall in no case be conferred unless the Professor concerned has been a member of the academic staff of the University for at least seven academic years.
35.2 The Senate may confer the title of Emeritus Reader on any Reader of the University at or after the Reader’s retirement in recognition of distinguished service to the University, provided that such a title shall in no case be conferred unless the Reader concerned has been a member of the academic staff of the University for at least seven years.