Terms of reference

  • to recommend to Senate for approval persons worthy of the conferment of an honorary degree and the appropriate degree for each such person.
  • To appoint Orators for recipients of honorary degrees.
  • To recommend to Council and Senate the waiving of Ordinance 14.12 if necessary when appointing Orators for recipients of honorary degrees.
  • To recommend to Senate the criteria for honorary degree nominations.
  • To recommend to Senate the annual award of the Chancellor's Medal.
  • To determine the procedures for submission and consideration of honorary degree nominations and subsequent award of honorary degrees.

Procedural Rules

Appointment of Chair

The Vice-Chancellor takes the Chair.


Membership consists of:

  • the Vice-Chancellor
  • two members of Council who are not members of Senate elected by Council
  • four members of Academic Staff, two of whom are members of Senate, elected by Senate
  • one Students' Union Officer, appointed by Nominations Committee
  • one member of Professional Services Staff, appointed by the Vice-Chancellor


See Council Standing Orders 16(iv) and 16(v).


See Council Standing Orders 17(iii) to (iv)


There shall be a quorum at meetings of one-third of the membership. See Council Standing Order 16(vi).

Rules of voting

There are no specified rules for voting.


Minutes are submitted to Senate.


The Chancellor's Medal

Version information

Owner: Honorary Degrees Committee
Version number:
Approval Date: June 2006
Approved By: Senate and Council
Date of last review: June 2006