Honorary academic title

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Honorary academic title holders are valued members of the School of Medicine and Psychology who bring their expertise to enhance our education and research endeavours, and outreach to the community.

They are part of a vibrant academic and clinical community that strives to improve the health of the nation through nurturing and inspiring the next generation of doctors and researchers, within an environment that encourages collegiality and can enhance well-being and job satisfaction.

Title holders contribute to the activities of the School through teaching and tutoring; clinical skills and bedside teaching; assessment; mentoring; research activities and supervision; development and review of curriculum; and professional service on committees, and leadership – to name just a few. See the full list of activities.

In return, we provide several benefits and opportunities including:

Professional development activities

The School of Medicine and Psychology offers a supportive environment for educators. Academic title holders are provided with mentorship opportunities, can improve their teaching and assessment skills through training, and are provided with support to increase their knowledge in using technology to teach. Completion of training that is focussed on improving teaching skills can lead to an Associate Fellowship or higher of the Higher Education Academy. Through the ANU Educational Fellowship Scheme, there are opportunities to attend workshops, be matched with a mentor, and receive support to complete the assessment and accreditation process. For more information about the teaching in medicine program please contact Associate Professor Katrina Anderson:  k.anderson@anu.edu.au. Enhance your supervision and teaching skills with these upcoming training opportunities. Other professional development activities include access to teaching modules run by ANU Staff Education: staffeducation@anu.edu.au and support from the Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching unit, which offers course design advice, multimedia production services, and training in how to use ed tech platforms including Wattle and kuraCloud to enhance your teaching. 

Research involvement

Receive notification of research grant opportunities, collaboration opportunities and research presentation information. Become a supervisory panel member for Higher Degree Research (HDR) students. Information on the HDR supervision registration policy and the process for getting registered and other valuable resources are made available. These include the index of HDR-relevant policies and procedures, the training materials and registration link for ANU Human Ethics, The Statistical Support Network and The Biological Data Sciences Institute training. The research office for SMP can be contacted on research.smp@anu.edu.au (Professor Christopher Nolan, Associate Director Research, and Associate Professor Riccardo Natoli, Associate Director, Research Engagement). Opportunities to involve students in your research can be organised through the Year 1/2 student research project program: Medresearch@anu.edu.au, Dr Brett Scholz.

Library borrowing privileges

Receive access to all the ANU online library resources including access to full text journal articles of the highest quality journals.

ANU website profile and email account

A researcher profile is created for each academic title holder. Title holders have complete control over the content that is included in their profile with access to update when needed. Use of an ANU email account is provided.


The conferral of an honorary academic title allows the use of the title in public discourse related to the field of expertise, or when participating in any activity or event associated with ANU.
Invitations to attend School and University meetings and events.
Honorary academic title holders are covered by the University’s insurance policies as volunteers which includes personal accident, public liability, professional indemnity, and employment practices.


Academic titles

There are various types of honorary academic titles available to clinicians, academics and research collaborators with the ANU School of Medicine and Psychology:

Full honorary academic (Levels A to E)

Full honorary Academic Title refers to individuals who possess and contribute significant professional expertise and experience needed to support the research or creative activity, education and service activities of the University.

Clinical Honorary academic title (Levels A to E)

Clinical honorary academic title refers to clinicians who contribute some expertise and experience to the school to support research or creative activity, education and service activities of the University.