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Oxford University Gazette

Recognition of Distinction

Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4450

Wednesday, 22 October 1997



Contents of the supplement:

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1. Summary of changes in procedure for the 1997--8
exercise

Attention is drawn to the following ways in which this year's exercise will
differ from last year's:

(a) the timetable for the submission of applications and of
comments on them from the faculty board committees is earlier (see section 2)
;

(b) titles for this and all succeeding exercises will take effect
from 1 October following the announcement of the decisions, e.g. for the
current (1997--8) round on 1 October 1998. However for the current round
Council and General Board have agreed that those retiring in September 1998
will be eligible to apply, and that their titles will take effect immediately.
Please note therefore that this round is the last for which those who retire
on or before 30 September 1999 will be eligible (see section 2) ;

(c) all applicants, including those reapplying, are asked to
restrict their application to 12 sides of A4 (see Section 3) ;

(d) the information required from applicants has been amended (see
section 5(1) ) ;

(e) a separate list of the six publications the applicant
considers to be his/her best is no longer required (see section 5(1) ) ;

(f) faculty board committees are asked to seek two further
references to each applicant (see section 6) ;

(g) a pro forma letter to assessors is provided for the use of
faculty board committees.

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2 Timetable and general outline of the scheme

Individuals should now be invited to submit themselves for consideration in
this exercise. Applications should be made by 19 November 1997 to the
Secretary of Faculties at the University Offices, in the form set out in
section 5(1) below. All applications will then be sent forward for
consideration on behalf of the relevant faculty board or other appointing
body, whose comments should be sent to the Secretary of Faculties by 31 March
1998. [Note: henceforth in this document reference will be made to faculty
boards only, but in all cases this should be taken to include other bodies
responsible for the appointment of academic (e.g. inter-faculty committees).]
The General Board's Distinctions Committee will then consider all the
material and make decisions by the end of Trinity Term 1997 or as soon as
possible thereafter. Titles will take effect from 1 October following the
announcement of the decision. Individuals will not, therefore, be eligible to
apply for a title to be awarded in the year they retire. However for the
current round (1997--8) only, it has been agreed by Council and the General
Board that those retiring in September 1998 will be eligible to apply, with
any titles taking effect immediately the decisions are announced. This means
that the current exercise (1997--8) is the last one for which those retiring
in September 1999 will be eligible. The duties and stipends of those on whom a
new title is conferred do not change.

It is essential for exercises such as this to be conducted as openly as
possible and faculty boards are asked to send this circular to all eligible
academic staff on their establishment, together with covering information
about the composition of the faculty board committee which will comment on the
applications. If such covering information is not yet available, this circular
should be sent on now with a covering note to that effect, and a further
circulation about the actual composition of the committee should be sent as
soon as that information is available, and well before the deadline for
applications.

Separate circulars are being sent to heads of departments and to colleges,
since all employees of the University (i.e. not merely academic staff) , and
also persons not employed by the University but who are making a significant
and sustained contribution to it in an academic capacity, are eligible to
apply. Faculty boards also asked themselves to ensure that such persons in
their subject area who are not members of the academic staff are aware of the
exercise. Such persons must apply according to the same timescale and under
the same procedures as for academic staff and their applications will be
considered according to the same criteria.

Those who have retired from their substantive appointments are not eligible to
apply.

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3 Previous applicants

Applicants who were unsuccessful in the two previous rounds may of course
apply again. It was stated in the invitation to apply in the first round that
reconsideration by the Distinctions Committee of the same material (i.e. an
identical application and identical comments from the faculty board committee)
would result in the same outcome, and this remains the case: there is no sense
in which the Distinctions Committee will this year take a more lenient line
than in previous years, since there was and remains no `quota' of successful
candidates. Unsuccessful applicants who wish to apply again will wish to
reflect on the extent to which circumstances have changed since they prepared
their first application. They will also wish to take account of any feedback
which they obtained after the previous round. Those who have not yet had such
feedback from the person named in the letter from the Vice-Chancellor about
the result of the application may still ask for a discussion. Applicants from
the first round (1995--6) who wish to apply again must submit new applications
within 12 sides of A4 (see section 5) . The applications and references of
unsuccessful candidates from the last round (1996--7) have been retained in
the University Offices. Candidates from the last round who apply again are
asked to inform the Secretary of Faculties how much, if any, of the original
submission they wish, to be used again, to supply supplementary or replacement
material as they wish (the complete application to be within 12 sides of A4)
and to name new referees if they wish. In the latter case, they should state
for which original referees the new names are a substitute. As with new
applications, the resubmitted applications will be referred to the faculty
board committee as set out under section 5(2) below and then considered by the
Distinctions Committee.

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4 Criteria

Title of reader

(a) The primary criterion is a research record of a high order,
the quality of which has gained external recognition, and which is comparable
in distinction with that expected of readers appointed on the grounds of
research achievement at other major research universities.

(b) (i) Where an applicant is a member of the academic staff of
the University, he or she must have undertaken undergraduate and/or graduate
teaching for the University, and for colleges, concomitant with the duties of
the university post and of the college fellowship (where one is held) , and
such teaching must have been performed well. Particular flair in teaching or
in contributions to teaching would strengthen the case for the title. An
outstanding contribution to teaching could compensate for a lesser
contribution to high-level research. Applicants must also have demonstrated a
regular willingness to contribute to the academic community by involvement in
University and college administration and to have demonstrated competence in
such administration.

(ii) Where an applicant is not a member of the University's academic staff,
he or she must have demonstrated a regular and sustained commitment to the
University (e.g. in teaching or administration) beyond the prosecution of high
quality research.

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Title of professor

(a) The primary criterion is that research must be of outstanding
quality, have led to a significant international reputation, and be comparable
in distinction with that expected of a professor in other major research
universities.

(b) (i) Where an applicant is a member of the academic staff of
the University, he or she must have undertaken undergraduate and/or graduate
teaching for the University, and for colleges, concomitant with the duties of
the university post and of the college fellowship (where one is held) , and
such teaching must have been performed well. Particular flair in teaching or
in contributions to teaching would strengthen the case for the title. An
outstanding contribution to teaching could compensate for a lesser
contribution to high-level research. Applicants must also have demonstrated a
regular willingness to contribute to the academic community by involvement in
University and college administration and to have demonstrated competence in
such administration.

(ii) Where an applicant is not a member of the University's academic staff,
he or she must have demonstrated a regular and sustained commitment to the
University (e.g. in teaching or administration) beyond the prosecution of high
quality research.

In all cases, in accordance with the University's equal opportunities aims,
account will be taken of factors which might have affected an individual's
performance during the time under review, thus making the contribution to
research, in particular, smaller in quantity (but not in quality) than would
otherwise have been expected.

All of the information supplied by applicants under section 5(1) below,
including any statements about factors which may have led to academic
achievements appearing less in quantity than they would otherwise have been,
are to be assessed against these criteria.

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5 Detailed procedure

(Please read this carefully as there are changes from 1995--6)

(1) Information required from applicants

Applications may be for the title of reader only, or for the title of reader
or professor. If an application is made for the title of reader only, it will
not be possible to confer the title of professor. If an individual wishes to
apply for the title of professor only, he or she may do so, but in such a case
it will not be possible for the Distinctions Committee to award the title of
reader in lieu. In all cases please make clear which title you are applying
for.

Applicants are asked to present their case in the most efficient way possible
by the submission of a c.v. arranged under the following headings and within
12 sides of A4 (single-sided please to make copying easier).

(1) Title applied for

(2) Any other relevant information such as might appear in a
curriculum vitae, including date of birth, employment history,
and current post

(3) University lectures and classes given*

(4) Graduate supervision and other graduate teaching undertaken*

(5) University examining*

(6) University administration*

(7) Undergraduate teaching for college(s)*

(8) College administration*

(9) Advanced study and research, including publications, grants, etc.*

(10) Future plans for research

*Over the last three years or such period as may be required to demonstrate
fulfilment of the criteria outlined in section 4.

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Applicants are asked to asterisk on their publication lists the six
publications which they regard as their most significant. Copies of complete
applications will be sent to the non-college referees, as well to faculty
referees and assessors.

Applicants whose academic interests are interdisciplinary are asked to state
clearly by which board or boards they would like their applications to be
considered.

Applicants are requested not to include copies of books or articles with their
applications, as it is not practicable to make them systematically available
to all who need to consider the applications.

Applicants must also supply the names of three referees and their addresses
(including fax numbers and e-mail addresses) . At least one referee must be
external to Oxford, and one must be the head of the applicant's college.

[Note: in cases where applicants employed by the University hold
no college fellowship of any kind, the names of two referees only should be
supplied. Applicants not employed by the University must cite three referees,
at least one of whom must be external to Oxford, and one of whom must be a
representative of their employer.]
The referees must have agreed to act for this purpose. (Please note that
Council and the General Board have agreed that the college reference must be
sought from the head of the college, who may, however, delegate the task.)

All of those who wish to be considered must make such an application to the
Secretary of Faculties, University Offices, Wellington Square, by 19 November
1997.

It is not open to faculty board committees to invite individuals who have not
put themselves forward to consider doing so.

All of those who put themselves forward should feel free to mention any
factors (domestic or otherwise) which may have led, for instance, to academic
achievements appearing less in quantity than they would otherwise have been.

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(2) Consideration of applications at the faculty board level

(a) Each board should delegate the consideration of the
applications to a single committee (i.e. separate committees should not be set
up to consider the possible conferment of the title of reader on the one hand
and professor on the other) . Faculty board committees should be broadly
based, covering as far as possible the major disciplines or broad areas of
study under the aegis of the particular board.

(b) Faculty board committees should not contain anyone who is a
member of the Distinctions Committee of the General Board (for present
membership of this, see section 7 below) . It is open to faculty boards to
include on their committees those who do not hold the title of professor or
are not substantive professors, on the obvious understanding that they would
not be eligible to apply in that year's exercise. Provided suitably qualified
individuals exist, each committee must contain at least one member of each
sex.

(c) Council and the General Board continue to think that, since an
external perspective will be provided through references and through
membership of the Board's Distinctions Committee, it is not essential that
faculty board committees contain external members; it is however open to
faculty boards to appoint externals to their committees if they wish. However,
this year faculty boards are asked to obtain two further references,
additional to those identified by the applicant. These references should
normally be external and should be passed on to the Distinctions Committee
with the other material forwarded by the faculty board committee. As last
year, faculty boards or their committees should also appoint external
assessors to review and comment on groups of applications arranged according
to broad similarity of subject area. As last year, the requirement to appoint
an assessor may be waived in cases where it is impossible to group candidates
according to subject area. In such cases, a separate comment on each applicant
from the external member of the committee should be submitted.

(d) The assessors' comments should be used to help the faculty
board formulate its comments and should also be sent in full to the
Distinctions Committee. No assessor should be asked to comment on an applicant
for whom he or she has already acted as a referee.

(e) References chosen by the applicant will be taken up by the
Secretary of Faculties in a standard format. Faculty boards should approach
the referees whom they choose but they must use the same format, subject to
modification of the first sentence. A pro forma letter to assessors will also
be provided. References received by the Secretary of Faculties will be passed
on immediately to the faculty board secretary for consideration by the
committee to which the relevant faculty board has delegated its consideration
of the applications. That committee must assess all of the applicants in the
light of the material they have submitted and all of the references received,
including the external ones, and strictly by reference to the criteria in
section 4 above. The committee must seek whatever supplementary information it
may need, beyond the external referees' and the assessors' comments, in order
to address fully and fairly the question whether the applicant meets these
criteria. The committee should then submit its comments (plus the additional
reference and assessors' comments) to the Secretary of Faculties for
consideration by the Distinctions Committee. Whether through the references
obtained, or through its own comments, or both, the faculty board's committee
is expected to address explicitly in each case the question whether in its
opinion the individual meets the key elements of the relevant criteria, namely

(i) quality of research achievement and its comparability with that
expected of professors/readers in other major research universities;

(ii) extent and quality of contribution to teaching and administration for
University and college.

(f) Faculty board committees are in particular asked to explain
specifically why in their opinion an applicant for the title of either reader
or professor (as distinct from one or the other on its own) meets the criteria
for whichever title the committee believes is appropriate.

It is emphasised that faculty board committees must ensure that comments are
made on the applicant's performance of his or her university duties (where
relevant) under section 5(e) (ii) above.

The faculty board committee should supply details as to how it approached its
task, and in particular whether it interpreted the criteria in any specific
way.

Faculty board committees must make such inquiries as they deem necessary in
order to ensure that they have sufficient evidence to enable submissions to be
assessed consistently.

Faculty board committees must consult between themselves in cases where an
individual on the establishment of one board has academic interests nearer to
those of another board.

In making their comments to the Distinctions Committee, chairmen or
secretaries of committees should state expressly that these bodies have
observed the following elements of the above procedure: composition of
selection committees, circulation of all information to all eligible academic
staff, consideration of factors affecting academic performance, and
consideration of all information against the criteria.

The comments made on behalf of each faculty board must be forwarded to the
Secretary of Faculties by 31 March 1998.

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6 Introduction of the policy on the recognition of
distinction

The policy was introduced in recognition of the high quality of Oxford's
academic staff and of the desirability of recognising distinction more
explicitly than in the past. Given that no additional expenditure is involved
in the conferment of titles, there is no artificial bar to the number of
titles which may be conferred. On the other hand, faculty board committees
will wish to take care to ensure that the criteria are properly applied and in
particular to take account of comparability with other similar institutions.
They will also need to bear in mind that annual exercises will continue to be
held, so that there will be ample opportunity for individuals who meet the
criteria to be recognised.

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7 Composition of the Distinctions Committee

The constitution of the Distinctions Committee is as follows.

(1) the Vice-Chancellor;

(2) the Chairman of the General Board;

(3)–(14) twelve persons not necessarily being members of the General
Board, two of whom shall be external to Oxford; and comprising at least one
member of each sex.

Those appointed under (3)–(14) hold office for four years, and are not
eligible for reappointment, after serving for any full period of office, until
a further period of four years has elapsed. (Initial appointments have been
staggered.)

Those appointed by the General Board under (3)–(14) are as follows:

President of Corpus Christi

Warden of Nuffield

Professor Boden (University of Sussex)

Professor Bowie

Professor Brady

Professor O'Nions

Professor A.M. Davies

Professor Hudson

Professor Radda

Professor Smiley (University of Cambridge)

Professor J.T. Stuart (Imperial College)

Professor Sir David Weatherall

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8 Title of visiting professor

Please note that the committee may wish to confer the title of visiting
professor if it considers that an applicant who is not a university employee
more appropriately fits that category.

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9 ad hominem professorships exercise

It will be recalled that when the new policy on the conferment of titles was
approved, it was also agreed that substantive ad hominem promotions
exercises would be held as resources allowed. Those successful in such
exercises would be promoted to the stipend and duties of a Schedule A
professor, and replacement appointments would be made. No decision has yet
been made as to when the next such exercise will occur.

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APPENDIX I: letter from the Secretary of Faculties
requesting a reference in respect of an applicant for the conferment of the
title of professor

Recognition of distinction: 1~

1~ has applied for the conferment by the University of the title of professor
and has given your name as a referee. I should therefore be very grateful if
you could let me have your opinion of 1~'s candidature.

Full details of the University's scheme for the recognition of distinction are
annexed. May I draw your attention to the main criteria for the title of
professor, as set out on pp. 2--3:

(a) The primary criterion is that research must be of outstanding
quality, have led to a significant international reputation, and be comparable
in distinction with that expected of a professor in other major research
universities.

(b) (i) Where an applicant is a member of the academic staff of
the University, he or she must have undertaken undergraduate and/or graduate
teaching for the University, and for colleges, concomitant with the duties of
the university post and of the college fellowship (where one is held) , and
such teaching must have been performed well. Particular flair in teaching or
in contributions to teaching would strengthen the case for the title. An
outstanding contribution to teaching could compensate for a lesser
contribution to high-level research. Applicants must also have demonstrated a
regular willingness to contribute to the academic community by involvement in
University and college administration and to have demonstrated competence in
such administration.

(ii) Where an applicant is not a member of the University's academic staff,
he or she must have demonstrated a regular and sustained commitment to the
University (e.g. in teaching or administration) beyond the prosecution of high
quality research.

In respect of the primary criterion it would be of considerable help if you
would comment on the quality and international reputation of 1~'s research
record giving your candid opinion, and compare its distinction with that
expected of professors in the leading UK departments in this subject area.
1~'s complete application is also enclosed. Any additional comments you might
have, e.g. on 1~'s contribution to teaching and administration, would of
course also be welcome.

It would be helpful if I could receive your reference by 2~.

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APPENDIX II: letter from the Secretary of Faculties
requesting a reference in respect of an applicant for the conferment of the
title of reader

Recognition of distinction: 1~

1~ has applied for the conferment by the University of the title of reader and
has given your name as a referee. I should therefore be very grateful if you
could let me have your opinion of 1~'s candidature.

Full details of the University's scheme for the recognition of distinction are
annexed. May I draw your attention to the main criteria for the title of
reader, as set out on pp. 2--3:

(a) The primary criterion is a research record of a high order,
the quality of which has gained external recognition, and which is comparable
in distinction with that expected of readers appointed on the grounds of
research achievement at other major research universities.

(b) (i) Where an applicant is a member of the academic staff of
the University, he or she must have undertaken undergraduate and/or graduate
teaching for the University, and for colleges, concomitant with the duties of
the university post and of the college fellowship (where one is held) , and
such teaching must have been performed well. Particular flair in teaching or
in contributions to teaching would strengthen the case for the title. An
outstanding contribution to teaching could compensate for a lesser
contribution to high-level research. Applicants must also have demonstrated a
regular willingness to contribute to the academic community by involvement in
University and college administration and to have demonstrated competence in
such administration.

(ii) Where an applicant is not a member of the University's academic staff,
he or she must have demonstrated a regular and sustained commitment to the
University (e.g. in teaching or administration) beyond the prosecution of high
quality research.

In respect of the primary criterion it would be of considerable help if you
would comment on the quality and degree of external recognition of 1~'s
research record giving your candid opinion, and compare its distinction with
that expected of readers in the leading UK departments in this subject area.
1~'s complete application is also enclosed. Any additional comments you might
have, e.g. on 1~'s contribution to teaching and administration, would of
course also be welcome.

It would be helpful if I could receive your reference by 2~.

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APPENDIX III: letter from the Secretary of Faculties
requesting a reference in respect of an applicant for the conferment of the
title of reader or professor

Recognition of distinction: 1~

1~ has applied for the conferment by the University of the title of reader or
professor and has given your name as a referee. I should therefore be very
grateful if you could let me have your opinion of 1~'s candidature.

Full details of the University's scheme for the recognition of distinction are
annexed. May I draw your attention to the main criteria for the title of
reader or professor, as set out on pp. 2--3:

Title of reader

(a) The primary criterion is a research record of a high order,
the quality of which has gained external recognition, and which is comparable
in distinction with that expected of readers appointed on the grounds of
research achievement at other major research universities.

(b) (i) Where an applicant is a member of the academic staff of
the University, he or she must have undertaken undergraduate and/or graduate
teaching for the University, and for colleges, concomitant with the duties of
the university post and of the college fellowship (where one is held) , and
such teaching must have been performed well. Particular flair in teaching or
in contributions to teaching would strengthen the case for the title. An
outstanding contribution to teaching could compensate for a lesser
contribution to high-level research. Applicants must also have demonstrated a
regular willingness to contribute to the academic community by involvement in
University and college administration and to have demonstrated competence in
such administration.

(ii) Where an applicant is not a member of the University's academic staff,
he or she must have demonstrated a regular and sustained commitment to the
University (e.g. in teaching or administration) beyond the prosecution of high
quality research.

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Title of professor

(a) The primary criterion is that research must be of outstanding
quality, have led to a significant international reputation, and be comparable
in distinction with that expected of a professor in other major research
universities.

(b) (i) Where an applicant is a member of the academic staff of
the University, he or she must have undertaken undergraduate and/or graduate
teaching for the University, and for colleges, concomitant with the duties of
the university post and of the college fellowship (where one is held) , and
such teaching must have been performed well. Particular flair in teaching or
in contributions to teaching would strengthen the case for the title. An
outstanding contribution to teaching could compensate for a lesser
contribution to high-level research. Applicants must also have demonstrated a
regular willingness to contribute to the academic community by involvement in
University and college administration and to have demonstrated competence in
such administration.

(ii) Where an applicant is not a member of the University's academic staff,
he or she must have demonstrated a regular and sustained commitment to the
University (e.g. in teaching or administration) beyond the prosecution of high
quality research.

In respect of the primary criteria it would be of considerable help if you
would comment on the quality and reputation of 1~'s research record giving
your candid opinion, and compare its distinction with that expected of readers
and professors in the leading UK departments in this subject area. 1~'s
complete application is also enclosed. Please comment specifically on which
set of criteria you think the applicant meets. Any additional comments you
might have, e.g. on 1~'s contribution to teaching and administration, would of
course also be welcome.

It would be helpful if I could receive your reference by 2~.

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APPENDIX IV: letter from the Secretary of Faculties
to the head of the college requesting a reference in respect of an applicant
for the conferment of the title of reader or professor

Recognition of distinction: 1~

1~ has applied for the conferment by the University of the title of
[professor/reader/reader or professor] and has given your name as a referee. I
should therefore be very grateful if you could let me have your opinion of
1~'s candidature.

Full details of the scheme for the recognition of distinction are annexed. May
I draw your attention to the main criteria set out on pp. 2--3, and in
particular to the following provision:

(b) (i) Where an applicant is a member of the academic staff of
the University, he or she must have undertaken undergraduate and/or graduate
teaching for the University, and for colleges, concomitant with the duties of
the university post and of the college fellowship (where one is held) , and
such teaching must have been performed well. Particular flair in teaching or
in contributions to teaching would strengthen the case for the title. An
outstanding contribution to teaching could compensate for a lesser
contribution to high-level research. Applicants must also have demonstrated a
regular willingness to contribute to the academic community by involvement in
University and college administration and to have demonstrated competence in
such administration.

(ii) Where an applicant is not a member of the University's academic staff,
he or she must have demonstrated a regular and sustained commitment to the
University (e.g. in teaching or administration) beyond the prosecution of high
quality research.

In order that the Distinctions Committee may assess with accuracy and
confidence whether this criterion is met, it will be of considerable help if
you would provide full information on the extent and a candid opinion on the
quality of 1~'s contribution to college teaching (if appropriate) and
administration. Your comments will (of course) be treated completely
confidentially. Any additional comments you might have, e.g. on 1~'s research
record, would also be welcome.

It would be helpful if I could receive your reference by 2~.

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APPENDIX V: letter from the faculty board requesting
an assessor's report in respect of a group of applicants for the conferment of
the title of reader or professor

Recognition of Distinction

The following, whose applications are enclosed, have applied for the
conferment by the University of the title or titles indicated below:


Name                             title(s) applied for 
^C                               ^C

On behalf of the Board of the Faculty of ^C I am writing to ask you to act as
assessor for this group of applicants. The role of the assessor is to review
to what extent the applicants meet the criteria for the award of the title of
reader and/or professor (see below) , to compare the distinction of the
applicants with that expected of readers and/or professors in other major
research departments in the UK and to make comparisons between the applicants
in the group.

Full details of the University's scheme for the recognition of distinction are
annexed. May I draw your attention to the main criteria for the award of the
title of reader and/or professor, as set out on page 3.

Title of reader

(a) The primary criterion is a research record of a high order,
the quality of which has gained external recognition, and which is comparable
in distinction with that expected of readers appointed on the grounds of
research achievement at other major research universities.

(b) (i) Where an applicant is a member of the academic staff of
the University, he or she must have undertaken undergraduate and/or graduate
teaching for the University, and for colleges, concomitant with the duties of
the university post and of the college fellowship (where one is held) , and
such teaching must have been performed well. Particular flair in teaching or
in contributions to teaching would strengthen the case for the title. An
outstanding contribution to teaching could compensate for a lesser
contribution to high-level research. Applicants must also have demonstrated a
regular willingness to contribute to the academic community by involvement in
University and college administration and to have demonstrated competence in
such administration.

(ii) Where an applicant is not a member of the University's academic staff,
he or she must have demonstrated a regular and sustained commitment to the
University (e.g. in teaching or administration) beyond the prosecution of high
quality research.

Title of professor

(a) The primary criterion is that research must be of outstanding
quality, have led to a significant international reputation, and be comparable
in distinction with that expected of a professor in other major research
universities.

(b) (i) Where an applicant is a member of the academic staff of
the University, he or she must have undertaken undergraduate and/or graduate
teaching for the University, and for colleges, concomitant with the duties of
the university post and of the college fellowship (where one is held) , and
such teaching must have been performed well. Particular flair in teaching or
in contributions to teaching would strengthen the case for the title. An
outstanding contribution to teaching could compensate for a lesser
contribution to high-level research. Applicants must also have demonstrated a
regular willingness to contribute to the academic community by involvement in
University and college administration and to have demonstrated competence in
such administration. (ii) Where an applicant is not a member of the
University's academic staff, he or she must have demonstrated a regular and
sustained commitment to the University (e.g. in teaching or administration)
beyond the prosecution of high quality research.

In respect of the primary criteria, it would be of considerable help if you
would comment on the quality and the reputation of the research record of this
group of applicants, making comparisons with the level of distinction expected
of readers and/or professors in the leading UK departments in this subject
area. It would also be helpful if you were able to make comparisons between
the applicants, although a rank order is not required.

It would be helpful if I could receive your assessment by ^C.

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APPENDIX VI: letter from the faculty board
requesting an assessor's report in respect of a single applicant for the
conferment of the title of reader or professor

Recognition of Distinction

The following, whose application is enclosed, has applied for the conferment
by the University of the title or titles indicated below:


Name                                     title(s) applied for 
^C                                       ^C

On behalf of the Board of the Faculty of ^C I am writing to ask you to act as
assessor for this applicant. The role of the assessor is to review to what
extent the applicant meets the criteria for the award of the title of reader
and/or professor (see below) , and to compare the distinction of the applicant
with that expected of readers and/or professors in other major research
departments in the UK.

Full details of the University's scheme for the recognition of distinction are
annexed. May I draw your attention to the main criteria for the award of the
title of reader and/or professor, as set out on page 3.

Title of reader

(a) The primary criterion is a research record of a high order,
the quality of which has gained external recognition, and which is comparable
in distinction with that expected of readers appointed on the grounds of
research achievement at other major research universities.

(b) (i) Where an applicant is a member of the academic staff of
the University, he or she must have undertaken undergraduate and/or graduate
teaching for the University, and for colleges, concomitant with the duties of
the university post and of the college fellowship (where one is held) , and
such teaching must have been performed well. Particular flair in teaching or
in contributions to teaching would strengthen the case for the title. An
outstanding contribution to teaching could compensate for a lesser
contribution to high-level research. Applicants must also have demonstrated a
regular willingness to contribute to the academic community by involvement in
University and college administration and to have demonstrated competence in
such administration.

(ii) Where an applicant is not a member of the University's academic staff,
he or she must have demonstrated a regular and sustained commitment to the
University (e.g. in teaching or administration) beyond the prosecution of high
quality research.

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Title of professor

(a) The primary criterion is that research must be of outstanding
quality, have led to a significant international reputation, and be comparable
in distinction with that expected of a professor in other major research
universities.

(b) (i) Where an applicant is a member of the academic staff of
the University, he or she must have undertaken undergraduate and/or graduate
teaching for the University, and for colleges, concomitant with the duties of
the university post and of the college fellowship (where one is held) , and
such teaching must have been performed well. Particular flair in teaching or
in contributions to teaching would strengthen the case for the title. An
outstanding contribution to teaching could compensate for a lesser
contribution to high-level research. Applicants must also have demonstrated a
regular willingness to contribute to the academic community by involvement in
University and college administration and to have demonstrated competence in
such administration.

(ii) Where an applicant is not a member of the University's academic staff,
he or she must have demonstrated a regular and sustained commitment to the
University (e.g. in teaching or administration) beyond the prosecution of high
quality research.

In respect of the primary criteria, it would be of considerable help if you
would comment on the quality and the reputation of the research record of this
applicant, making comparisons with the level of distinction expected of
readers and/or professors in the leading UK departments in this subject area.

It would be helpful if I could receive your assessment by ^C.

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