Nominations are now invited for the award of a Chancellor’s Medal at Graduation Ceremonies in 2019.
A number of people make outstanding contributions to the University in a variety of ways. It is the wish of the Senate that the contributions of these people should be recognised through the award of a Chancellor’s Medal. Decisions on awarding of the medals will be made in accordance with the guidelines appended to Statute 14: Granting and Conferring of Degrees and Diplomas. These guidelines are reproduced below for your ready reference.
“1. The Chancellor’s Medal is a prestigious award and will not be given lightly.
2. A Chancellor’s Medal may be awarded for an outstanding contribution, or sustained contributions, to the University such as to enable the University to discharge its teaching, research and community responsibilities more effectively.
3. Those eligible for the award are:
(a) staff or former staff of the University; and
(b) any other individual who has made an outstanding contribution or sustained contributions to the University in terms of Clause 2.
4.(1) The Medal may be awarded to outstanding University citizens who have given sustained and outstanding service over many years but for one reason or another have not received adequate recognition in other appropriate ways. Such awards will normally be made after retirement.
5. (1) A Chancellor’s Medal will not normally be awarded for exceptional academic achievement, for which other means of recognition exist.
(2)(a) The Medal will not be awarded either to academic or general staff simply for excellent or outstanding performance of their current duties.
(b) However, the Medal may be used to recognise a very significant contribution by a current member of staff which is outside or beyond their current duties.
6.(1) A Medal may be awarded to an individual who has the potential to warrant an Honorary Doctorate at a later stage, provided that the contribution to be recognised by the Medal is significantly different from that which would be likely to warrant an honorary doctorate.
(2) However, a Medal will not normally be awarded to an individual who has already received an honorary doctorate.
7. Nominees will not be disadvantaged in relation to nominations for a Medal on the grounds that some other kind of award which is not currently available in the University would be more appropriate.
8. Decisions on the award of Medals will be made each year by the Honorary Degrees Committee.
9.(1) Medals will be awarded at Graduation Ceremonies.
(2) No more than one Medal will be awarded at a Graduation Ceremony, except when Medals are awarded jointly.
10. Nominations for the award of a Chancellor’s Medal may be made by any person associated in any way with the University and should be accompanied by a brief statement of the case in favour of the award, together with a citation which sets out the person’s achievements. Nominations should also be signed by a seconder who is a member of the Senate or of the staff of the University. Nominations must not be communicated to the nominee.
11. Holders of Chancellor’s Medals will be invited to Graduation Ceremonies and to other appropriate University events.”
A list of recipients of Medals to date can be found here
Nominations accompanied by the required brief statement and citation should be forwarded in the approved proforma (Honorary Degrees and Chancellor's Medal Nomination Form) 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: [email protected].