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Submit a nomination for an Honorary Degree

The procedure for nominating a candidate to receive an honorary degree, including the criteria for an award and the nomination form.

Honorary degrees

An honorary degree is one of Higher Education's most significant accolades. The University grants honorary degrees to individuals of superior merit. Awarding honorary degrees supports the process of extending our network of prestigious contacts and supporters. The committee particularly welcomes proposals that reflect the cultural diversity and international character of the University and promote its commitments to gender equality.

The Honorary Degrees Committee is a joint committee of Senate and Council and is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor. Senate will also approve the awards.

Who can nominate

The committee invites staff and students to submit nominations for honorary degrees. Nominations from external proposers cannot be accepted unless the nomination is supported by a University member of staff. Students should also seek a University staff member to second and support their nomination before submitting the form to the committee.

Nomination criteria and eligibility

The committee will consider whether nominees meet the following criteria:

  • Honorary Degrees are an academic award celebrating excellence in thought-leadership and the resulting impact, in a field that is recognised nationally or internationally.
  • Persons nominated should be active in an area of activity that is highly relevant to the University of Bath.
  • Awards should reflect the values of the University.
  • Awards should recognise the importance of Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity.

Further guidance on the above criteria is included within the nomination form

The following are not eligible for honorary degrees:

  • Serving Heads of Government
  • Self-nominations (unless supported by a member of University staff)

Former staff (or those approaching retirement) and alumni are eligible for an award, provided they meet the criteria and have shown excellence in thought-leadership and impact on a national or international level. Individuals with celebrity status would require evidence of their personal, ongoing and longstanding commitment to relevant work or service.

Before submitting your nomination, you need to check whether a person has already received an honorary degree. You can review the University's directory of Honorary Graduates

Make a nomination

Please do give thought to those whom you have encountered in your own sphere of work and who have made a significant contribution to the development of research, education, the arts, sciences, public services, business, student opportunity or supported our own institution.

You can submit a nomination by downloading the nomination form to your computer. Guidance on completing the form can be found within the document. Complete the form and email it as an attachment to Laura Andrews.

The deadline for the current round of nominations is Friday 30 April.

Thank you for your support in extending our network of honorary graduates.

Find out more about recent honorary graduates and read their profiles


If you have any questions, please contact us.