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Oxford University Gazette

Recognition of Distinction (arrangements for 1999-2000)


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Details of the procedures for the 1999--2000 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. There are no
changes from 1998--9.


1 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 1999 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
2000. The General Board's Distinctions Committee will then consider all the
material and make decisions by the end of July 2000 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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2 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 (1998--9) 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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3 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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4 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).

(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 (over the last three years or such
period as may be required to demonstrate fulfilment of the criteria outlined
in section 4);

(4) Graduate supervision and other graduate teaching undertaken (over the
last three years or such period as may be required to demonstrate fulfilment
of the criteria outlined in section 4);

(5) University examining (over the last three years or such period as may be
required to demonstrate fulfilment of the criteria outlined in section 4);

(6) University administration (over the last three years or such period as may
be required to demonstrate fulfilment of the criteria outlined in section 4);

(7) Undergraduate teaching for college(s) (over the last three years or such
period as may be required to demonstrate fulfilment of the criteria outlined
in section 4);

(8) College administration (over the last three years or such period as may be
required to demonstrate fulfilment of the criteria outlined in section 4);

(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 19
November
1999
.

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.

(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 2000

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5 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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6 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

Rector of Exeter

Warden of Nuffield

Professor Bowie

Professor Brady

Professor G. Burnstock (Royal Free Hospital of Medicine)

Professor L.N. Johnson

Professor Sir Keith O'Nions

Professor P.J. Parsons

Professor Smiley (University of Cambridge)

Professor J.T. Stuart (Imperial College)

Professor Sir David Weatherall

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7 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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8 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 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.

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