Honorary staff and Emeritus Professors

University duties of honorary academic staff should be carried out in accordance with instructions and guidelines set out by the Head of School in which the honorary appointment is based and in accordance with relevant University Regulations, Codes of Practice and Financial Rules and Procedures.

The following information applies to staff who hold honorary contracts with the University.

Proposal forms for all honorary staff:

ID cards

Some facilities require a University ID card. Cards are issued at the Security Office at the rear of the Aston Webb building, or by Human Resources on the second floor of University Centre (using the stairs by Barclays Bank/Doddle.

Honorary staff will need to take a copy of their offer letter in order for their card to be issued.

Security opening hours:

Monday-Thursday: 9am - 5pm

Friday: 9am - 4pm

Any queries please call 0121 414 3000 ext 19427.

Patents and the exploitation of inventions

When a member of staff makes an invention or discovery in the course of his or her work, the invention or discovery belongs to the University and should be reported to the Managing Director, Alta Innovations Ltd and to the Head of School.  'Invention or discovery' includes the production and development of computer software.

Members of staff shall consult the Managing Director of Alta Innovations Ltd as to the timing and procedure to be followed in connection with the publication of the results of research likely to form the subject of a patent application by the University, or to lead to exploitation in which the University has an interest.

If the University wishes to develop or exploit the invention or discovery, Alta Innovations Ltd will undertake this process and may ask the member of staff to carry out a number of duties.  The member of staff will obtain a fair share of any profits, as will the department, if appropriate.  If the University does not wish to participate in the development or exploitation of the invention, the benefit belongs to the member of staff.

If a member of staff is undertaking work sponsored by external bodies, this policy applies unless explicitly agreed by the University and included in the contract for the work.

Conditions of employment governing Academic Staff, Appendix 6: Patents and the exploitation of inventions (PDF - 33KB).

Conflicts of interest

Honorary academic staff are required to notify their Head of School of any matter which may conflict with or prejudice their ability to carry out their University duties in a safe, fair and effective manner.


contractRelevant policies and information: