The University of Oxford
introduced Titles of Distinction
for senior academics in the 1990s. These are not Chairs
which are posts funded by endowment for academics with a distinguished career in British and European universities. However, since there was a limited number of established chairs in these universities and a surfeit of distinguished academics it was decided to introduce these Titles of Distinction
. This enabled the holders of these titles to be termed Professor
, a title largely reserved in Britain and Europe (although less so in North America) for those in academia with a distinguished record.