University Executive Group - Named Chairs
Updated on 30 August 2016
1. Named chairs are held in especial high regard as prestigious and senior chairs within the University. The University considers that only the most eminent professors in their field should hold them.
2. Named chairs must not become attributes of particular positions within the University. For example, the Dean of x should not be awarded a named chair by virtue of being appointed Dean of x. However, a holder of a named chair who becomes a Dean, for example, retains the named chair.
3. (a) The University Executive Group (UEG) shall consider all proposals for the establishment of new named chairs or for the renaming of existing established chairs and shall make a recommendation to the Senate.
(b) It is normal practice that chairs may be named after individuals or organisations prominent in some way in the life or history of the University or who have made major donations to the University or who have contributed to the reputation or standing of the University.
(c) The University shall maintain a schedule of named chairs and the Schools responsible for them.
4. In the event that a named chair should fall vacant, the Dean may make representation to the Vice-Principal (Academic Planning & Performance (APP)) for consideration by the UEG, proposing:
Either: (a) open recruitment to the named chair;
Or: (b) the translation of the named chair to an existing member of staff holding a personal or other established chair.
A School may decide to do neither and leave the chair vacant until such time as the post becomes affordable or there is an existing member of staff worthy of translation to the named chair.
5. In the case of 4 (a) above, the recruitment shall include internal as well as external applicants. In considering whether there should be open recruitment the School and the UEG will have due regard to financial sustainability.
6. (a) In the case of 4 (b) above, the UEG shall appoint a panel comprising the Principal, a Vice- Principal (normally the Vice-Principal (APP)), the Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development and a senior professor from outside the School in which the named chair is normally held. The panel shall have authority, where it is desirable, to seek comment on the application from senior academics within the discipline from other institutions.
(b) The panel shall consider the proposal from the School, which shall comprise a written case prepared by the Dean or other senior academic within the School alongside a full CV of the academic in question. The panel shall make a recommendation to the UEG.
(c) The UEG shall consider the recommendation and, if so minded to approve it, shall seek formal agreement from the Senate at its next meeting.
University Executive Group August 2016
|Bell Chair of Education||1876||Education and Social Work|
|Baxter Chair in Chemistry||1881||Life Sciences|
|Baxter Chair of Mathematics||1881||Science and Engineering|
|Boyd Baxter Chair of Biology (Biological Sciences)||1884||Life Sciences|
|Cox Chair in Anatomy||1887||Science and Engineering|
|Symers Chair in Physiology||1889||Medicine|
|Harris Chair||1895||Science and Engineering|
|Boyd Chair of Dental Surgery||1937||Dentistry|
|Watson-Watt Chair||1947||Science and Engineering|
|James Mackenzie Chair of Public Health||1950||Medicine|
|James Mackenzie Chair of Child Health||1950||Medicine|
|Bonar Chair of Modern History||1954||Humanities|
|Bonar Chair of Applied Economics||1954||Social Sciences|
|Roscoe Chair in Chemistry||1964||Life Sciences|
|Carnegie Chair||1964||Science and Engineering|
|Ivory Chair of Applied Mathematics||1964||Science and Engineering|
|Mathew Chair of Accountancy||1986||Social Sciences|
|Robert Fleming Chair in Finance and Investment||1987||Social Sciences|
|Pat McPherson Chair of Cancer Biology||2009||Medicine|
|Regius Chair of Life Sciences||2013||Life Sciences|