Honorary Appointments (P1011-868)

Please see below details regarding recommendations for Honorary Titles, including explanation of the various titles available and the relevant approval routes. If you have any queries or require further information, please contact a member of the HR Department.

There are a number of approved Honorary titles that can be awarded:
Honorary Appointments - Approved Titles

Initial appointment process 

Head’s of College/Department should complete the request form ( Honorary Appointments - Recommendation Form ) and forward it electronically, along with the nominated person’s CV, to their designated Human Resources representative.  The Human Resources representative will then forward the request for approval via the appropriate route.  

When requesting an award of honorary title, consideration should be given to both the level of contribution provided, plus potential comparability with existing titles within the College/Department, both paid and honorary.  

Following consideration, the decision will be actioned, as appropriate, either by the HR Department, or the VC’s Office, dependent on the title awarded.   

Any facilities required during the period of the Honorary position must be agreed in advance with, and provided by, the host School. 

The award of title will usually be for no more than 3 years in the first instance.   

Honorary Chairs  

In addition to the above, Honorary Chair proposals should also contain details of 2 referees from another Higher Education Institution who shall normally be Professors in the relevant subject or field (or in a cognate subject or field) as that of the person proposed for appointment.  

Honorary Chairs will normally be awarded for a period up to 5 years.  

Reappointment process  

The process for renewal of appointments is as above and Head’s of School should detail on the form reasons for the renewal request.  

Appointments are normally renewable on a 3 year basis.  

NB: For any Honorary appointments for a non-EU national, Human Resources will require evidence to show their eligibility to be within the UK (if appropriate).

Subject to the provisions set out below, the title of Emeritus Professor may be conferred by Council in recognition of an individual’s distinguished service to the University and marks the end of their employment (in any capacity) by the University. 

Eligibility shall be restricted to Professors who have retired (after any buyback) and where there is no known further paid employment. A person who, on retirement from service at Swansea University, takes up settled employment at another University or Higher Education Institution is not eligible for conferment of the title of Emeritus Professor. 

Applications for appointments to Emeritus Professorships for cases that fall outside the normal criteria will be considered by the Chairs and Readerships Committee.  

Emeritus Professors are ex-officio members of the University’s Court.  


When a Professor retires (after any buyback), the Human Resources Department shall, in the letter of retirement or final letter ending a Professor’s appointment, ask the Professor if they wish to be considered for the title of Emeritus Professor. 

If the Professor wishes to be considered, they should confirm this in writing to the Human Resources Department who will forward a copy of the letter to the Secretary to Council.  

The Secretary to Council shall put the request to Council and report the outcome to the Director of Human Resources.  

Where the request is approved, the Human Resources Department shall write to the Professor concerned indicating that the title has been conferred and the date the title will come into effect.  A copy of this letter shall be sent to the Secretary of the University’s Court.  The Secretary of Court shall also be informed of any change in status (i.e. if the individual declines the title or takes up any paid employment in the University). 

Emeritus Professors  

International Academic Visitors

Swansea University welcomes international Academic Visitors or Visiting Professors who wish to spend between 1 and 12 months at Swansea University undertaking cooperative activity with University colleagues. This could include participating in seminars, conferences or workshops with students and staff, authoring or co-authoring articles in scholarly publications and journals, assisting in class or laboratory lectures, collaborating in research activities, exploring opportunities for joint research projects between Swansea University and your home institution, or establishing a network of contacts.

Comprehensive information regarding visiting researchers and academics at Swansea University can be found at the following page:  Visiting academics and researchers.

If you are interested in coming to Swansea University as a visiting academic or researcher please complete the Visiting Academic and Researcher Application Form and email it to ido@swansea.ac.uk

If you have any questions regarding international Academic Visitors, please contact isas@swansea.ac.uk.