'Honorary Research Associate' (HRA) status is an honorary category of association for which the benefits to the Department are primarily research- and/or teaching-based. Persons connected to, but not necessarily employed by, the University who are involved in its teaching and/or who are involved in the department on a research basis may be awarded this status for a fixed period, subject to the criteria and procedure as set out below.

Application Procedure

Individuals may be invited or nominated for application, or they may apply directly. All applicants must send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to the Head of the Department (hod@asnc.cam.ac.uk) for consideration at the next Departmental Meeting. Only papers received 7 working days prior to the Departmental Meeting will be included on the agenda; otherwise, the application may be rolled over to the next scheduled meeting. If successful, the individual will be granted HRA status for a fixed period determined by the committee. Where the association with the Department and the University continues, an HRA may be invited to renew their status at the end of this period by repeating the application procedure.

Criteria for HRA Status

Individuals who meet one of the following criteria are eligible for HRA status:

  • A demonstrable connection to the department (e.g. active involvement in its teaching and/or research)
  • A distinguished person in a relevant field of interest who is visiting the University and using its resources for a finite period of time
  • A senior person in a relevant field of interest who makes regular visits to the Department and its events, contributes to its activities, and/or provides the Department with some other type of academic benefit (e.g. research grant co-applicant; paper collaborator; contributor to teaching programmes)
  • A Departmental alumnus/a who makes regular visits to the Department and its events, significantly contributes to its activities, and/or offers the Department a significant level of other academic benefit (e.g. research grant co-applicant; paper collaborator; contributor to teaching programmes)
  • A Departmental alumnus/a with a demonstrable, time-limited need for remote access to the University‚Äôs resources

Note:

Scholars with Research Fellowships held at Cambridge in the area of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic can be associated with the Department for the duration of their college fellowship but should send a letter of application to the Head of the Department (hod@asnc.cam.ac.uk) for consideration at the next Departmental Meeting (see deadline above). (Such scholars are not eligible for HRA status, as they already have a University affiliation.)

Entitlements

HRAs are entitled to the following:

  • To use and borrow books from the Faculty Library, and, by virtue of the association with the Department, to have an affiliation for the purposes of application for admission to the University Library
  • To have a University of Cambridge email address for the duration of their HRA status
  • To have their name listed and linked to a profile page on the Departmental website for the duration of their HRA status
  • To have a card which will allow them access to the Faculty building for the duration of their HRA status.
  • Please note that HRAs are not eligible for departmental funding.

Obligations

It would normally be expected that an HRA (and especially those visiting) will contribute a paper to one of our seminar series (the Departmental lecture series on Mondays or the Research Seminar on Fridays) discussing the research they have been undertaking in Cambridge.

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