Written answers

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Department of Education and Skills

University Governance

Photo of Clare DalyClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, Independent)
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264. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if persons who hold adjunct professorships but not full professorships are entitled to use the appellation professor. [44742/18]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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A university will regularly host visiting academics from other higher education institutions contributing to the university’s teaching, research and professional activities. An Adjunct Professor may be an eminent leader in their field and a person of distinction and high achievement. They may possess industry, business, science, academic or professional qualifications and expertise comparable with those expected of a member of the university staff at Professor level.

Visiting academic and adjunct staff are individuals whose appointment to a university enhance the teaching, research profile or contribute to the intellectual life of the university. A visiting academic or adjunct staff title is recognised as an honour bestowed upon an individual by the university. As such, adjunct staff are usually regarded as having honorary appointments and they may receive certain privileges such as access to I.T. and research support resources, library, sports facilities etc. on the same basis as university staff. Appointees are able to use the privileges granted subject to strict adherence with university policy, procedures and codes of practice. An appointee may use the title conferred by the university under this appointment including that of Adjunct Professor. However, to avoid misrepresentation, an appointee must not abbreviate the title conferred by the university. As such, Adjunct Professors are only entitled to use the title ‘Adjunct Professor’ which clearly indicates their status as against those persons with the title ‘Professor’.

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