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Conferring UCL Honorary Status

Conferring Honorary Status to Divisions/Institutes in the School of Life and Medical Sciences (see www.ucl.ac.uk/slms/vacancies)

The following honorary titles may be conferred upon individuals following request by the UCL Head of Department.

Requests to confer UCL Honorary Status upon an individual should be submitted via the Service in Partnership (SiP) system  (or the Honorary Status Request Form for conferment of Honorary Professor, Visiting Professor and Honorary Reader).

Please note that it is not appropriate for UCL Honorary Status to be conferred on existing UCL staff.

Where an individual will be working with children and/or adults in a vulnerable position in regulated activity as part of their honorary role at UCL, a Disclosure and Barring check (formerly CRB) will be required before s/he can perform work at UCL. An honorary appointment letter will not be issued without prior DBS clearance. For further information please see the DBS checks and Criminal Convictions procedure – Recruitment and Employment. Please discuss the process of DBS checking with your HR Employment Contract Administration contact if this is required, and to clarify the level of disclosure required (which depends on the nature of the contact with the vulnerable group).

Where an individual will be working at UCL as part of their honorary role at UCL, the department must check their  right to work before s/he can perform work at UCL in line with UK Border Agency regulations.

UCL Honorary Status Guidelines on Equivalent Status Procedure for requesting conferment
Honorary Professor of UCL This title is reserved for individuals who are closely linked to one of UCL’s academic departments (or Institutes), and who are from a non-UCL academic/research institution.
The appointee should be of an academic standing equivalent to that of Professor at UCL.
Following review of the candidate’s credentials by an ad-hoc group of experts selected by the Vice-Provost/Dean, the recommendation & CV should be sent with the Honorary Request Form to the HR Division.
The conferment will then be made by the Provost
Visiting Professor This title may be conferred upon distinguished individuals from either related fields of activity (e.g. the professions or industry) or academic/research institutions.
The appointee should be of an equivalent academic standing to that of Professor at UCL.
Following review of the candidate’s credentials by the Head of Department, the recommendation & CV should be sent with the Honorary Request Form to the HR Division.
The conferment will then be made by the Provost
Honorary Reader
of UCL
The title is reserved for individuals who are closely linked to one or more of UCL’s academic departments (or Institutes), and who are from an academic/research institution.
The appointee should be of an academic standing equivalent to that of Reader at UCL.
Following review of the candidate’s credentials by an ad-hoc group of experts selected by the Vice-Provost/Dean, the recommendation & CV should be sent with the Honorary Request Form to the HR Division.
The conferment will then be made by the Provost.
Honorary Senior Lecturer Title awarded to individuals who are equivalent to Senior Lecturer/Reader level, and who undertake teaching/lecturing.
They should have a higher academic degree.
Request to confer UCL Honorary Status must be made via the Service in Partnership (SiP) system.
A letter of confirmation will then be sent by the HR Division.
Honorary Lecturer Title awarded to individuals who are equivalent to Lecturer level and who undertake teaching/lecturing. As above.
Honorary Senior Research Associate Awarded to individuals equivalent to Senior Research Associate grade and above. Individuals would primarily be involved in research/collaborative projects rather than teaching. As above.
Honorary Research Associate As for Honorary Senior Research Associate but awarded to less experienced individuals.  (E.g. those with a higher academic degree). As above.
Honorary Research Assistant Awarded to individuals equivalent to Research Assistant grade. Individuals would be involved in research/collaborative projects. (E.g. those without a higher degree). As above.

HR Policy and Planning
March 2011