Nominations for Honorary Doctorates for award at Graduation Ceremonies in 2019 are now invited. Nominations may only be submitted by members of the Academic Board or Senate. Other members of the University community who have suggestions for nominations should discuss their proposals with a member of the Board or the Senate. (Details of the membership of these bodies are available here and here).
Relevant extracts from Statute No 14 are reprinted below for information.
“The Senate on the recommendation of the Honorary Degrees Committee, may confer an honorary degree on any person for distinguished service or attainments within or without the State.
Only nominations submitted in writing . . . stating the grounds on which the candidate is nominated shall be considered.
A person nominated for the award of an honorary degree shall not be consulted beforehand and any resolution of the committee recommending the award will be in the form of an offer of the award.”
The Senate has approved Guidelines for the award of Honorary Degrees which may be accessed here. Any person making a nomination will find these guidelines invaluable. Your attention is drawn to the following:
Honorary Degrees will be awarded in six categories: Community Service; Contribution to the Public Sector; Contribution to the Private Sector; Achievement in Internationalisation; Academic Achievement; Contribution to the Arts
While there is no quota on the number of awards each year, the emphasis is on quality rather than quantity.
The Committee aims to make one award in each year to an internationally recognised academic, in order to emphasise the academic focus of the University's business.
While trying to keep an international perspective in making awards, the Committee should not exclude the possibility of recognising high achievers whose field of influence is limited to the State.
Members of the University's staff will not be considered for honorary degrees until two years after their retirement from the University. Nominees would be expected to have made a continuing contribution to research and/or community service since retirement, as well as to have given distinguished service while in the employment of the University.
Nominations must be in writing in the approved proforma (Honorary Degrees and Chancellor's Medal Nomination Form) and should include at least the following:
- A statement of the category/ies in which the proposed award fits
- Background information about the proposed awardee, with, if possible, details of qualifications and career history (this may be in the form of a CV if such is available)
- A draft citation for the award of the honorary doctorate setting out succinctly (in no more than 450 words) the particular achievements/contributions which the proposer sees as warranting the award. (Samples of citations used at previous Graduation ceremonies are available on request.)
Nominations should be forwarded to Deirdre de Souza, Executive Officer to the Honorary Degrees Committee by FRIDAY, 3 AUGUST 2018. Deirdre can be contacted on 6488 2450 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.