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The University Council

Honorary Degrees Committee


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

Lynn Clarke, Corporate Governance Officer (Council), Quality and Enhancement Office, Room G06, Crescent House, email:

Meeting Dates


  • Thursday 28 November 2019 at 12.00 Noon
  • Thursday 14 May 2020 at 12.00 noon


As a joint committee of Council and Senate, receiving delegated authority on behalf of those two bodies:

To consider candidates for the award of honorary degrees and fellowships;

To ensure that all such awards are conferred on individuals whose achievements and activities are resonant with the core values of the University;

To ensure 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 review and make recommendation to Governance, Nominations and Ethics Committee (and thereafter to Senate and Council) concerning the Regulations, including 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, including the rescinding of awards previously bestowed by the University.

4 Ex-officio members

  • Vice-Chancellor, Chair
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • Chair of Council
  • Deputy Chair of Council

3 Appointed Independent Council members

1 Student member of Council

1 Ex-officio Senate member

1 Appointed/Elected Senate member

Officers in attendance: Registrar and Secretary, Executive Director of Marketing & External Relations