Honorary awards

The University of Sydney recognises

  • exceptional achievement by conferring an honorary degree.
  • outstanding service to the University by awarding the title of Honorary Fellow of the University.

Who is receiving an honorary award in 2013/2014?

To date, those who have accepted the Chancellor's invitation to accept honorary awards are listed below – 2013 / 2014

Updated 5 November 2013


2013

Dr John William Copland AO, BVSc PhD Sydney MSc(Fisheries) Stirling – a veterinary scientist who has played a key role in promoting the health, welfare and productivity of production animals through leadership roles in Australia and in the South East Asian region

Honorary Doctor of Veterinary Science

Conferring ceremony: 4.00pm, 13 December 2013 (Veterinary Science)

Professor Ross Garnaut AO, BA PhD HonDLitt ANU, FASSA – a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow and a Professorial Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne and a Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Australian National University, as well as longstanding and successful roles as policy advisor, diplomat and businessman

Honorary Doctor of Science in Economics

Conferring ceremony: 2.00pm, 11 October 2013 (Arts and Social Sciences)

Associate Professor David Hutchins OAM, BVSc Sydney, FANZCVSc – David Hutchins retired from the University of Sydney in 1990 and then worked as an eminent and highly respected veterinary consultant at the Randwick Equine Centre.

Honorary Doctor of Veterinary Science

Conferring ceremony: 2.00pm, 13 December 2013, Faculty of Veterinary Science

David Marr, BA LLB Sydney DLitt Newcastle – a journalist, biographer and commentator on political and social issues who has received numerous awards for his journalism and written a number of highly acclaimed books

Honorary Doctor of Letters

Conferring ceremony: 11.30am, 11 October 2013 (Arts & Social Sciences)

Greg Poche AO – a visionary leader who has made a farsighted commitment to, and support of, Indigenous Australians. His approach to understanding and dealing with the health problems of Indigenous communities has been insightful and creative and he conceptualised how the Centre for Indigenous Health would function.

Honorary Doctor of Letters

Conferring ceremony: 11.30am, 13 December 2013 (Medicine)

Reginald J Richardson AM – a Sydney businessman who is involved with a number of philanthropic organisations and who has particular success in fund-raising for these organisations which include the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at the University of Sydney. He also serves on advisory committees of Indigenous Health at the University.

Honorary Fellow of the University

Conferring ceremony: 11.30am, 13 December 2013 (Medicine)

Patricia Ritchie AM – contributer to the academic activities of the Faculty of Medicine at its Northern Clinical School through her crucial fund-raising role in the appointment of senior academic clinicians

Honorary Fellow of the University

Conferring ceremony: conferred posthumously at 11.30am, 10 May 2013 (Medicine)

Dr Henry Maurice Saxby AM, MEd Sydney PhD UTS – an influential figure in the fields of Australian Children’s Literature and children’s writing

Honorary Doctor of Letters

Conferring ceremony: 11.30am, 8 November 2013 (Education & Social Work)

Marion Rose Scrymgour – committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and self determination, she was the first indigenous woman to be elected to the Northern Territory Parliament and Australia’s first indigenous female cabinet minister

Honorary Doctor of Health Science

Conferring ceremony: 9.30am, 29 November 2013 (Health Sciences)

Emeritus Professor Ann Sefton AO, BSc(Med) MB BS PhD DSc Sydney – she made a major contribution to medical education, particularly in the area of reform and the development of a graduate medical program, and to physiology and research in the field of neuroscience, and served as Chair of the Academic Forum (1998-2000), a Fellow of Senate (2001-2009), Pro-Chancellor (2003) and Deputy Chancellor (2004-08)

Honorary Fellow of the University

Conferring ceremony: 9.30am, 10 May 2013 (Medicine)


2014

Gillian Armstrong AM, Hon DLitt UNSW Honorary Doctorate in Film Swinburne University of Technology – award-winning Australian director of feature films and documentaries with an international reputation as a filmmaker, and a leading advocate for increased opportunities for women filmmakers in Australia and internationally.

Honorary Doctor of Letters

Conferring ceremony: to be advised

Peter Carey, HonDLitt Monash & Qld HonDHL The New School, NY, FRSL FAHA – acclaimed prize-winning Australian novelist and short story writer

Honorary Doctor of Letters

Conferring ceremony: to be advised

Charles Curran AC, LLB Sydney, FCPA – a highly respected leader in Australian business who has had a commitment to improving the health of his fellow man and has been a major contributor to and supporter of a variety of not-for-profit endeavours

Honorary Doctor of Letters

Conferring ceremony: to be advised

Dr Jill Forrest AM, MB BS (Hons I) MD Sydney – contributor to medical research, to the education of medical students at the University and to the University through her work first as Honorary Carillonist (appointed 1978), and then Carillonist (1993-2010)

Honorary Fellow of the University

Conferring ceremony: to be advised

Professor John Watson Funder AO, BA MB BS PhD Melb Hon LLD Monash, FRACP FRCP – eminent endocrine researcher, Professor of Medicine at Monash University and Senior Fellow at Prince Henry’s Institute of Medical Research, Monash Medical Centre

Honorary Doctor of Medicine

Conferring ceremony: to be advised

Michael Hwang SC, BCL MA Oxford, FCIA – Senior Counsel of the Bar in Singapore and Chief Justice of the Dubai International Financial Court, with a significant record of service to the field of international commercial arbitration

Honorary Doctor of Laws

Conferring ceremony: a Law ceremony – to be advised

Professor Li Yao – Li Yao has been Professor of English at the Training Center of the Ministry of Commerce, Beijing, since 1992 and is currently also Visiting Professor of Translation at Beijing Foreign Studies University. Professor Li has made a sustained contribution to scholarly and cultural links between Australia and China, and to Australian literature and literary translation into Chinese. He is the pre-eminent translator of Australian literature into Chinese, including the works of Patrick White, Peter Carey, Ethel Turner and Thomas Keneally.

Honorary Doctor of Letters

Conferring ceremony: an Arts and Social Sciences ceremony – to be advised

Professor Barry Marshall AC, MB BS UWA HonDSc Oxf, FRS FAA FRACP – together with John Robin Warren AC, won the 2005 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for their work on the bacterial basis for stomach ulcers which revolutionised the treatment of gastro-duodenal ulcers, by enabling an antibiotic cure, which has led to a significant reduction in the prevalence of gastric cancer

Honorary Doctor of Medicine

Conferring ceremony: to be advised

Denise North, BEc(Hons) Sydney MBA AGSM, FAICD – a major contributor to International House through her dedication to its redevelopment and to securing its long-term future

Honorary Fellow of the University

Conferring ceremony: to be advised

Professor Lowitja (Lois) O’Donoghue, AC CBE DSG, Hon LLD ANU & Notre Dame DUniv Flinders & University of South Australia and Honorary Doctorate QUT – a Pitjantjatjara woman and one of the most prominent members of the stolen generation, Lowitja O'Donoghue has worked for Aboriginal organisations and in Indigenous affairs for the last 30 years. She was the first Aboriginal nurse in South Australia, the first Aboriginal woman to be awarded an Order of Australia, was made Australian of the Year in 1984 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the welfare of Aboriginal people and was named a National Living Treasure in 1998. In her retirement she continues her commitment in the areas of Aboriginal health, welfare and human rights and is a Visiting Fellow at Flinders University of South Australia.

Honorary Doctor of Laws

Conferring ceremony: to be advised

Jan Owen AO – CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and a significant community leader whose work continues to influence and shape public policy and the ways in which services, institutions and organisations engage with children and young people

Honorary Doctor of Letters

Conferring ceremony: to be advised

Greg Poche – A visionary leader who has made a farsighted commitment to, and support of, Indigenous Australians.

Honorary Doctor of Letters

Conferring ceremony: to be advised

Justice Iain James Kerr Ross AO, BEc LLM GradDipLaw PhD Sydney MBA Monash – currently Judge of the Federal Court, President of Fair Work Australia (now called Fair Work Commission) and Chair of the Council of Australasian Tribunals, who has made an outstanding contribution in the broad fields of industrial law, industrial relations and law reform, and the breadth of his work is notable with respect to labour and administrative tribunals and to labour conciliation and general mediation

Honorary Doctor of Laws

Conferring ceremony: to be advised

Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO, PhC BSc PhD Adel Hon DHlth Newcastle Hon DSc Qld DUniv Griff, FPS – in a distinguished academic career, he has made a long and lasting contribution to the profession of pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, medicines regulation, medicines policy, access to medicines and consumer health both nationally and internationally

Honorary Doctor of Science

Conferring ceremony: a Pharmacy ceremony – to be advised

Nadia Wheatley, BA(Hons) Sydney MA Macquarie – a full-time professional writer since 1976 who has made considerable contributions in the field of children’s and adult literature, as an historian and to Indigenous issues, equity and social justice

Honorary Doctor of Letters

Conferring ceremony: to be advised