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Oxford University Gazette

Recognition of Distinction (arrangements for 1998-
9)

Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4489

Wednesday, 4 November 1998



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Details of the procedures for the 1998--9
exercise to confer the title of professor or reader are
annexed in the form of a communication which has been
sent from the General Board to all faculty boards and
other appointing bodies: the communication is also being
sent to individual eligible members of academic staff as
well as to heads of departments and colleges.

ANNEXE

RECOGNITION OF DISTINCTION: COMMUNICATION FROM THE
GENERAL BOARD OF THE FACULTIES TO ALL FACULTY BOARDS AND
OTHER APPOINTING BODIES

This paper is about the forthcoming round of the
scheme for the recognition of distinction by conferment
of the title of reader or professor.


1. Summary of changes in
procedure for the 1998--9 exercise

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

(a) individuals who are new to Oxford and who
will be leaving before the end of their second year are
not eligible to apply for the award of a title (see
section 2);

(b) the definition of `research' to be
followed is that used in research assessment exercises
(see section 4);

(c) applications from individuals holding
neither title should be for `distinction' but applicants
should indicate whether either title would be acceptable
(see section 5 (1));

(d) the composition of faculty board
committees has been clarified (see section 5
(2)(b));

(e) the definition of the research criterion
at the reader level has been clarified (see section 5
(2)(d));

(f) a notable contribution to college
administration may compensate for a lesser contribution
to university administration and vice versa (see
appendices).

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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 20 November 1998 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, HREF="#note1">[1]
whose comments should be sent to the Secretary of
Faculties by 31 March 1998. The General Board's
Distinctions Committee will then consider all the
material and make decisions by the end of Trinity Term
1998 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.
Individuals in the first year of appointment at Oxford
who have announced before the end of their second year of
appointment their intention to leave or whose fixed-term
contract is for two years or less will not be eligible to
apply for a title. 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 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 in any 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 previous application.
They will also wish to take account of any feedback which
they obtained after a 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 an
application may still ask for a discussion. Applicants
from previous rounds 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 (1997--8) 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.

The definition of `research' to be followed is that
used in research assessment exercises, i.e.: `research'
is to be understood as original investigation undertaken
in order to gain knowledge and understanding. It includes
work of direct relevance to the needs of commerce and
industry, as well as to the public and voluntary sectors;
scholarship; the invention and generation of ideas,
images, performances, and artefacts, including design,
where these lead to new or substantially improved
insights; and the use of existing knowledge in
experimental development to produce new or substantially
improved materials, devices, products, and processes,
including design and construction. It excludes routine
testing and analysis of materials, components, and
processes, e.g. for the maintenance of national
standards, as distinct from the development of new
analytical techniques.

(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 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

(1) Information required from applicants

Applications from individuals holding neither title
should be for `distinction', leaving it to the judgement
of the committee, after due consideration of all relevant
material, to determine whether the title of professor or
reader should be awarded. Such applicants should indicate
clearly in their application whether they would accept
either title if offered it.

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).

The following condition applies to items (1)-(10) below:
`Over the last three years or such period as may be
required to demonstrate fulfilment of the criteria
outlined in
section 4.'

(1) Title applied for (if you hold
neither the title of reader, nor of
professor, please indicate whether
either title would be acceptable)

(2) Any other relevant information
such as might normally 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

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. [2]
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 20 November 1998.

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. It is normally expected
that faculty board committees will contain an appropriate
mixture of internal and external members (although
external members are not compulsory) and an appropriate
number of professors and/or readers.

(c) 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 previously, 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
previously, 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 an 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.

The attention of faculty boards is drawn particularly
to the definition of the research criterion at the reader
level. The Distinctions Committee is clear that what
might be regarded as the criteria for the award of the
title of `senior lecturer' in other institutions (i.e.
long and loyal service, with extremely conscientious
performance of duties) is not sufficient to meet the
research criterion for the conferment of the title of
reader.

(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
1999.

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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

Warden of Nuffield
Professor Bowie

Professor Brady

Professor G. Burnstock (Royal Free Hospital of
Medicine)

Professor J.M. Finnis

Professor A.M. Davies

Professor Hudson

Professor O'Nions

Professor P.J. Parsons

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. A notable contribution to college
administration could compensate for a lesser contribution
to university administration and vice versa, provided
that contributions on both sides have been satisfactory.

(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. A notable contribution to college
administration could compensate for a lesser contribution
to university administration and vice versa, provided
that contributions on both sides have been satisfactory.

(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. A notable contribution to college
administration could compensate for a lesser contribution
to university administration and vice versa, provided
that contributions on both sides have been satisfactory.

(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. A notable contribution to college
administration could compensate for a lesser contribution
to university administration and vice versa, provided
that contributions on both sides have been satisfactory.

(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. A notable contribution to college
administration could compensate for a lesser contribution
to university administration and vice versa, provided
that contributions on both sides have been satisfactory.

(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. A notable contribution to college
administration could compensate for a lesser contribution
to university administration and vice versa, provided
that contributions on both sides have been satisfactory.

(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. A notable contribution to college
administration could compensate for a lesser contribution
to university administration and vice versa, provided
that contributions on both sides have been satisfactory.

(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. A notable contribution to college
administration could compensate for a lesser contribution
to university administration and vice versa, provided
that contributions on both sides have been satisfactory.

(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. A notable contribution to college
administration could compensate for a lesser contribution
to university administration and vice versa, provided
that contributions on both sides have been satisfactory.

(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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Footnotes

[1]
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 staff (e.g.inter-faculty
committees).


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[2]
In cases where applicants employed by the University
hold no college fellowship of any kind, the names of two
referees must 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.


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