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Durham University

Human Resources & Organisational Development

Emeritus Titles Policy


  • The conferment of the title should be used to acknowledge an ongoing, active association with the University.
  • Those upon whom the title is conferred must have given distinguished service to the University.

Restriction of Titles

The following titles may be conferred when the above criteria have been met: 
  • Emeritus Professor


  • Emeritus Reader
The normal wording for a title is, for example, Emeritus Professor in the Department/School of ------, or ------- Research Institute. Titles in specific areas of a subject are not normally conferred.



If the Board of Studies, or the Head of Department acting on behalf of the Board of Studies, considers that a retired staff member meets the criteria for the conferment of the title Emeritus Professor or Reader, they should complete the Request for Conferment of Emeritus Title Nomination Form. The form should detail how the nominated individual fits the criteria.


The completed nomination form must be submitted to the appropriate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Head of the appropriate Faculty) who has delegated authority to approve the title on behalf of Senate. 
Once approved, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Head of Faculty) should forward the completed and signed form to Human Resources who will record the title and report the conferment of the title to Senate.
Human Resources will write to the individual confirming the conferment of the title.
The names of those upon whom Emeritus titles are conferred will be reported to Senate.
Please note: Honorary and Visiting titles have a separate policy.