Human Resources

Appointment to Emeritus Professorships


The title of Emeritus Professor may be conferred at the discretion of the Vice-Chancellor on any Professor of the University on or after their full retirement .

What do I need to consider?

An Emeritus Professor is not required to exercise any teaching, research or supervisory role or any administrative, executive or representative function. The conferment of the title Emeritus Professor does not imply any continuing status as an employee or officer of the University, but there is an expectation that the Emeritus Professor will wish to continue a voluntary and unpaid association with the teaching and/or research activities of the University and that may include the title ‘Emeritus Professor of the University of Portsmouth’ in publications.

What do I need to do?

A recommendation needs to be submitted six months either side of the individual’s retirement date, and should be supported by the Dean of the Faculty in which the Professor worked and the appropriate head of Academic Department or equivalent. 

What else do I need to know?

  • The Vice- Chancellor may also consider recommendations supported by a Pro Vice-Chancellor or the Deputy Vice-Chancellor. It is expected that candidates for Emeritus status will have made a substantial contribution to the reputation of the University and will have been in continuous employment by the University for at least five years before retirement. Any conferment of the title will be notified to Academic Council.
  • The University may include the names of those holding the title ‘Emeritus Professor’ in publications and publicity material. Emeritus Professors are welcome to attend public University events including Graduation ceremonies where they may choose to process with staff and other guests of the University (space constraints permitting).