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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

The committee will consider whether nominees meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • academics with an international reputation who have an existing or potential academic link with the University
  • national or international figures who serve as a role model for young people
  • international figures who have some connection with the University, for example, a common area of research
  • national or international figures who serve to make a statement about the University's position on moral or ethical issues
  • recognition of achievements which have not previously been recognised
  • persons with a local connection who have achieved a national or international reputation

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.

The committee will not consider Serving Heads of Government for honorary degrees nor will self-nominations be accepted for consideration. You may nominate former staff (or those approaching retirement) and alumni for an award. Nominations of individuals with celebrity status would require evidence of their personal, ongoing and longstanding commitment to relevant work or service.

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

Before submitting your nomination, you need to:

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