Oxford in talks over ‘professors’

“It is one of the most jealously guarded status symbols in higher education – but a University of Oxford academic is calling for all dons to be given the title of ‘professor’ once they have permanent posts. The proposal was put forward by Nicholas Bamforth, a fellow in law at Queen’s College, in response to a consultation by a university task force on an academic promotions scheme. If Dr Bamforth’s suggestion is adopted, Oxford would become the country’s second university to give all its academics the title of professor. The University of Warwick adopted this approach in 2007. Warwick renamed lecturers ‘assistant professors’ and senior lecturers and readers ‘associate professors’ …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, THE, 4 December]

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