Honorary Titles

Honorary titles are awarded to recognise an agreed contribution to the teaching and/or research of the University, or input through professional standing, in the interests of the University. Honorary Appointees are typically in a position to support and improve the capacity of a faculty to produce high quality research outputs, generate research income, engage in knowledge exchange or to play a role in the public arena, as well as contribute to course delivery.

Key Dates


Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Nominations Open





Nominations Close





Academic Council Meeting






An honorary appointee will be in a position to significantly to improve a Faculty’s capacity to produce high-quality research outputs, to generate research income, to engage in knowledge exchange or to play a role in public arena as well as contribute to programme delivery.

Nominees to readerships will be academics but honorary professorships are open to persons of distinction who fill appropriate senior roles in other professions.


  1. Deans of faculties submit nominations for honorary posts through Academic Registry via quality@stir.ac.uk. Proposals should include a statement that clearly outlines the contribution that the nominee is expected to make to the achievement of the faculties strategic objectives and the duration of the appointment. Download the guidelines and form
  2. Nominations are considered by the Senior Deputy Principal who will consult with members of Academic Council and the academe as appropriate. In the case of nominations to honorary readerships or professorships, this consultation will include a professorial member elected to Academic Council.
  3. Nominations that are supported by the Senior Deputy Principal are recommended to Academic Council for its endorsement.
  4. Appointments are notified to the University Court as required.


An honorary title is fixed term, typically awarded for 3 years and can be renewed.

Entitlements and obligations

It is expected that an honorary appointee will demonstrate a commitment to, and actively promote the objectives of, the University. The University of Stirling Strategic Plan 2016-2021 sets out the University’s objectives and articulates our vision, institutional priorities and the actions required to succeed.

Honorary appointments are not remunerated. However, you will receive access to a number of benefits for example use of library facilities and a University of Stirling email account. Access to facilities and payment of expenses is at the discretion of the appropriate dean of faculty.

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