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Academic Clinician Advancement Programme (ACAP)

The NUI Galway academic clinician advancement programme is intended to recognise and encourage academic engagement and contribution by senior Saolta clinicians.  Reciprocally, the program is intended to strengthen education, scholarship and innovation capacity of the Saolta Healthcare network.

The academic titles of honorary Senior Lecturer and Honorary Professor represent both the conferring of academic recognition upon successful applicants by the University and also the undertaking of a commitment to teaching and/or research by the applicant. The tenure of an honorary Senior lecturer or professor position is usually for 5 years and can be renewed subject to meeting the performance expectations associated with the honorary title. The criteria for Honorary Senior lecturer and Honorary Professor status are outlined in this document.


Applications have now closed and the next call will be announced in due course

Application pathways

New applicants

  1. New applicants to ACAP would usually apply for honorary Senior Lecturer status. Honorary Professor status is usually conferred when the applicant has completed at least 5 years at Honorary Senior Lecturer level and meets the criteria for an honorary professor.
  2. New applicants should engage prior to application with an ACAP mentor* who will support them in completing their applications as well as selecting whether to emphasise the teaching/learning or research/scholarship contribution.
  3. New applicants should have a track record of demonstrable interest and engagement in teaching and/or research. A new applicant who does not yet meet the criteria, may be conditionally appointed as an Honorary Senior Lecturer if they commit to achieving the criteria within three years.

Applications for renewal or promotion

  1. Incumbent honorary senior lecturers will be expected to meet the criteria for either research or teaching in order for their honorary senior lecturer status to be renewed for a further 5 years.
  2. Honorary Professor promotion requires that the applicant has usually been an honorary Senior lecturer of good standing for 5 years and must meet the criteria for honorary Professor status which is subject to review every 5 years. The incumbent must demonstrate that they are maintaining the core and an appropriate selection of optional criteria in order for their honorary Professor status to be renewed.

Applicant Process

Application process

 For any queries, please contact the School of Medicine. Email: ACAPmedicine@nuigalway.ie