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The University Council


Honorary Degrees Committee has delegated authority from Council and Senate to consider and approve nominations for the award of Honorary Degrees.

Secretary to the Committee

Dr Martin Toner, Corporate Governance Officer (Council), Legal and Governance, Room 620, Maxwell Building 

Meeting Dates


  • Thursday 30 November 2017 at 12.00 noon  
  • Thursday 10 May 2017 at 12.00 noon


Honorary Degrees Committee is a joint committee of Council and Senate. The Committee receives delegated authority on behalf of those two bodies to consider candidates for the award of honorary degrees ensuring that all such awards are conferred on individuals whose achievements and activities are resonant with the core values of the University and that candidates considered and awards conferred reflect the range of academic endeavour in which the University is engaged.

Terms of Reference

1.To consider and approve candidates nominated for honorary degrees on behalf of Senate and Council.

2.To consider and make recommendations as appropriate to Governance and Nominations Committee(and thereafter to Senate and Council) concerning the range of honorary degrees and titles (and relevant qualifying criteria).

3.To ensure that successfully nominated candidates meet the criteria as set out in the relevant regulations.

4.To consider any other matters relating to the award of honorary degrees as may be appropriate.

4 Ex-officio

Vice-Chancellor (Chair)

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Chair of Council

Deputy Chair of Council

3 Independent Council members from Governance, Nominations & Ethics Committee

1 Student member of Council

2 Senate members

Officers in attendance: Executive Director of Marketing & External Relations, Director of Legal & Governance