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Honorary appointees

Honorary appointments are awarded to recognise an agreed contribution to teaching and research or input through professional standing, in the interests of the University.

By collaborating with us on a range of projects, our Honorary appointees play a major role in helping the University achieve its strategic goals.

New appointees join a network of Honorary appointees whose professional standing enhances our research, learning and teaching – equipping our students, graduates and staff with the knowledge to make a positive difference to the world.

How is an Honorary appointee chosen?

The University considers suggestions from staff for the appointment of honorary staff.

Key dates


Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Nominations Open

5 May 2017

20 Sep 2017

3 Jan 2018

28 Mar 2018

Nominations Close

9 Aug 2017

25 Oct 2017

7 Feb 2018

2 May 2018

Academic Council Meeting

13 Sep 2017

29 Nov 2017

14 Mar 2018

6 Jun 2018


Honorary appointees should be in a position to significantly 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 arenas. Honorary appointments are not made to retiring members of staff in recognition of long or meritorious contribution but in recognition of a continued contribution to teaching and research activities. 

Nominees to readerships, lectureships and fellows will be academic 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 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 proposal form for the appointment of Honorary staff
  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.

Duration of appointment

An honorary title is fixed term, typically awarded for three 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, appointees 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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