Recognition of Distinction (arrangements for 2001-2) - (1) to No 4596



<br /> Oxford University Gazette: Recognition of Distinction (arrangements 2001-2)<br /> (supplement)


Oxford University Gazette

Recognition of Distinction (arrangements for 2001-2)


| Supplement (1 to Gazette No. 4596 |
Wednesday, 3 October 2001 |


"TOP">

Contents of the
supplement:

| To
Gazette No. 4597 (4 October 2001)

|
A To Gazette Home Page

|



Recognition of distinction:
communication from the Personnel Committee

It has now been agreed by Congregation that exercises for the recognition of
distinction by conferment of the title of reader or professor should be held
biennially over the next few years. This paper details the 2001--2 round of the
exercise; the next round will be held in 2003--4.

Return to List of Contents of the
supplement



1. Timetable and general outline of the
scheme

Individuals are now invited to submit themselves for consideration in this
exercise. Applications should be made by 16 November
2001
to Mrs Kinahan at the University Offices, in the form set out
in section 4 (1) below. All applications will then be sent forward for
consideration on behalf of the relevant divisional board whose comments
should be sent to Mrs Kinahan by 29 March 2002. The Personnel
Committee's Recognition of Distinction Committee will then consider all the
material and make decisions by the end of July 2002 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 their intention to leave before the
end of their second year of appointment 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 divisional boards are asked to send this circular to all eligible
academic staff on their establishment, together with covering information
about the composition of the divisional 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. Divisional 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.

Return to List of Contents of the
supplement



2. Previous applicants

Applicants who were unsuccessful in previous rounds may of course apply
again, although they should note that reconsideration by the Recognition of
Distinction Committee of the same material (i.e. an identical application and
identical comments) would result in the same outcome: there is no sense in
which the 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. Applicants from previous rounds who wish
to apply again must submit new applications within twelve sides of A4 (see
section 4). It will not be possible for applicants to reuse material already
submitted in previous rounds.

Return to List of Contents of the
supplement



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 4 (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.

Return to List of Contents of the
supplement



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 by the submission of a
curriculum vitae arranged under the following headings and
within twelve 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 3)

(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 3)

(5) University examining (over the last three years or such period as
may be required to demonstrate fulfilment of the criteria outlined in section
3)

(6) University administration (over the last three years or such period
as may be required to demonstrate fulfilment of the criteria outlined in section
3)

(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 3)

(8) College administration (over the last three years or such period as
may be required to demonstrate fulfilment of the criteria outlined in section
3)

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

(10) Future plans for research

All data supplied by applicants will be used only for the purposes of assessing
their application for a title of distinction and will be held in accordance with
the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the University's Data
Protection Policy.

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 should
make this clear, and should indicate whether they would like their applications
to be considered by more than one divisional board.

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.[1]

The referees must have agreed to act for this purpose. The college reference
must be sought from the head of the college, who may, however, delegate the
task.

Applications must reach Mrs Kinahan, University Offices,
Wellington Square, by 16 November 2001.

It is not open to divisional 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.

Return to List of Contents of the
supplement



(2) Consideration of applications
at the divisional board level

(a) Each divisional board should delegate the consideration of the
applications to a single committee, chaired by the head of the division (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). Divisional
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. Boards may, if they wish, arrange for departmental/faculty board
scrutiny of applications before consideration by the divisional board
committee.

(b) Divisional board committees should not contain anyone who is a
member of the Recognition of Distinction Committee of the Personnel
Committee (for present membership of this, see section 5 below). It is open
to divisional 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 divisional 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) Divisional 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 Recognition of
Distinction Committee with the other material forwarded by the divisional
board committee. As previously, divisional 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 divisional
board formulate its comments and should also be sent in full to the
Recognition of Distinction 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 Mrs
Kinahan in a standard format. Divisional 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 is also provided.
References received by Mrs Kinahan will be passed on immediately to the
divisional board secretary for consideration by the divisional board committee.
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 3 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 Mrs Kinahan for consideration by the Recognition of
Distinction Committee. Whether through the references obtained, or through
its own comments, or both, the divisional 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 divisional boards is drawn particularly to the
definition of the research criterion at the reader level. The Recognition of
Distinction 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) Divisional 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.

(g) Divisional board committees are asked to recommend suitable fields
for the titles of their applicants, should they be successful e.g. Professor of
English Language and Literature, Reader in Inorganic Chemistry.

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

Divisional board committees must consult between themselves in
cases where an individual has asked for consideration by more than one board.

In making their comments to the Recognition of Distinction
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, in
particular whether it interpreted the criteria in any specific way.

The comments made on behalf of each divisional board must be
forwarded to Mrs Kinahan by 29 March 2002.

Return to List of Contents of the
supplement



5. Composition of the Distinctions
Committee

The composition of the Distinctions Committee is as follows.

(1) the Vice-Chancellor;

(2) the Chairman of the Personnel Committee;

(3)--(14) twelve persons not necessarily being members of the Personnel
Committee, 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.

Those appointed by the Personnel Committee under (3)--(14) are
currently as follows:

The Principal of Jesus

Professor M. Bowie

Professor P.J. Donnelly

Professor W.R. Eatock Taylor

Professor J. Higgins (Imperial College)

Professor L.N. Johnson

Professor H. Lee

Professor A.J. McMichael

Professor O.H. Petersen (University of Liverpool)

Sir Keith Thomas

Professor J.S. Vickers

Professor T. Williamson

Return to List of Contents of the
supplement



6. 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.

Return to List of Contents of the
supplement



APPENDIX I

Letter from Mrs Kinahan 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.

All references received will be treated in accordance with the
principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 i.e. they will be regarded as
potentially disclosable to the subject on request unless they are marked
`strictly confidential'.

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

Return to List of Contents of the
supplement



APPENDIX II

Letter from Mrs Kinahan 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.

All references received will be treated in accordance with the
principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 i.e. they will be regarded as
potentially disclosable to the subject on request unless they are marked
`strictly confidential'.

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

Return to List of Contents of the
supplement



APPENDIX III

Letter from Mrs Kinahan 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.

All references received will be treated in accordance with the
principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 i.e. they will be regarded as
potentially disclosable to the subject on request unless they are marked
`strictly confidential'.

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

Return to List of Contents of the
supplement



APPENDIX IV

Letter from Mrs Kinahan 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.

All references received will be treated in accordance with the
principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 i.e. they will be regarded as
potentially disclosable to the subject on request unless they are marked
`strictly confidential'.

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

Return to List of Contents of the
supplement



APPENDIX V

Letter from the divisional 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 

On behalf of the Board of the [name of division] Division
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 pages 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 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.

All comments received will be treated in accordance with the
principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 i.e. they will be regarded as
potentially disclosable to the subject on request unless they are marked
`strictly confidential'.

It would be helpful if I could receive your assessment by
[date].

Return to List of Contents of the
supplement



APPENDIX VI

Letter from the divisional 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 

On behalf of the Board of the [name of division] Division
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 pages 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 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.

All comments received will be treated in accordance with the
principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 i.e. they will be regarded as
potentially disclosable to the subject on request unless they are marked
`strictly confidential'.

It would be helpful if I could receive your assessment by
[date].


Footnote

[1]

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.


Return to text

Return to List of Contents of the
supplement