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 2014?

To date, those who have accepted the Chancellor's invitation to accept an honorary award in 2014 are listed below.

Updated 29 August 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: 5.00pm, 1 November 2014

Justice Virginia Margaret Bell AC - Honorary Doctor of Laws
Justice Bell has made an outstanding contribution to Australian law through leadership in criminal law reform and public policy development and most notably as an advocate for the economically and socially disadvantaged.
Conferring ceremony: 5.00pm, 1 November 2014

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

Elizabeth Broderick - Honorary Doctor of Laws
Ms Broderick has been committed to improving gender equality through her advocacy in preventing violence against women and sexual harassment, improving lifetime economic security for women, balancing paid work and unpaid caring responsibilities, promoting women’s representation in leadership and strengthening gender equality laws.
Conferring ceremony: 5.00pm, 1 November 2014

Evonne Goolagong Cawley MBE, AO - Honorary Doctor of Letters
The first indigenous Australian to succeed in tennis at an international level, Evonne is one of Australia's most admired women's tennis players and one of the country's most esteemed indigenous sportspeople. Evonne has received a number of national and international accolades including being awarded Australian of the Year in 1971. Subsequently she has contributed greatly to increasing the awareness of Australian women in sport and to facilitating Aboriginal access to sport. From 1998-2005, Tennis Australia appointed Evonne as a “Tennis Ambassador” and together they formed the national Evonne Goolagong Getting Started Program to increase overall female participation in tennis throughout Australia. Since 2005, Evonne has run the Goolagong National Development Camp for Indigenous youngsters with potential to become pro players, coaches or administrators.
Conferring ceremony: 5.00pm, 1 November 2014

Sally Crossing AM
Sally has been a tireless advocate for Breast Cancer survivors and indeed all health consumers. Her story is one of immense activism, and of effectively and measurably contributing to the goal of defeating breast cancer within the next two decades. Sally has transformed consumer representation, visibility and impact in Australia and her achievements have been recognised by her peers, consumer groups and the Australian Honours system. Her significant and multifaceted contributions have impacted the University and the general wellbeing of the wider community.

Honorary Doctorate of Health Sciences

Conferring ceremony: 9.30am, 28 November 2014 (Health Sciences)

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: 11.30am, 6 June 2014 (Business School)

Dr Jill Forrest AM, MB BS (Hons II) 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: 11.30am, 9 May 2014 (Medicine)

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: 9.30am 9 May 2014 (Medicine)

Dr M. Graeme Garner OA
Dr Garner has made a significant contribution to the biosecurity of the Australian livestock industries and has defined how we prepare and respond to the numerous biosecurity threats to our livestock industries nationally. His contributions are driven by an authentic desire to support primary producers in Australia and by his scientific curiosity.

Honorary Doctor of Veterinary Science

Conferring ceremony: 12 December 2014 (Veterinary Science)

Libby Gleeson AM, B.A (Hons) Dip Ed Cert TESOL Sydney –
A freelance professional writer since 1987, Libby has made considerable contributions in the field children’s literature and has published more than thirty titles for children and young people. She is an award-winning writer and an educator who constantly uses her expertise as a writer to advocate for quality education, equity and social justice. Libby has an ongoing commitment to the transformative impact of the Arts in education.

Honorary Doctor of Letters

Conferring ceremony: 11.30am, 31 October 2014 (Combined ceremony: Education and Social Work with Science)

Antony Green
Antony began covering elections for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in 1991. He is now a fixture on ABC news and has been the face and voice of more than sixty election broadcasts for the ABC. Antony has an ongoing commitment to the study of elections and has developed software to analyse election results as they occur.

Honorary Doctor of Letters

Conferring ceremony: 7 November 2014 (Arts and Social Sciences)

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: 2.00pm, 23 May 2014 (Law)

Gail Patricia Kelly - Honorary Doctor of Science in Economics
Ms Kelly is recognised for her phenomenal contributions to business and the wider community. Her achievements are many and she is widely regarded as a leading figure and spokesperson for her sector in Australia and overseas. She has held numerous senior positions at major institutions that include Westpac, St George and the CBA.
Conferring ceremony: 5.00pm, 1 November 2014

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: 11.30am, 4 April 2014 (Arts and Social Sciences)

Catherine Livingstone AO – BA (Hons I) Hon DBus Macquarie Hon DSc Murdoch, FCA FTSE FAICD
Ms Livingstone is currently Chairman of Telstra Corporation Ltd, a director of Macquarie Group Limited, WorleyParsons Limited, The George Institute for Global Health and Saluda Medical Pty Ltd, and a member of the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council. The Australian Shareholders Association CEO says she is “Australia’s most highly influential female director”. She became an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2008 for “service to the development of Australian science, technology and innovation policies, to the business sector through leadership and management roles and as a contributor to professional organisations”.

Honorary Doctor of Letters

Conferring ceremony: 9.30am, 6 June 2014 (Business School)

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

Frank Moorhouse AM, Hon DLitt Griffith – an acclaimed Australian writer who has participated in Australian and overseas conferences in arts, communication and related areas and has taught, been a guest lecturer and writer-in-residence at Australian and overseas universities.

Honorary Doctor of Letters

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: 11.30am, 23 April 2014 (Business School)

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: 5.00pm, 1 November 2014

Jan Owen AM – 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: 9.30am, 11 April 2014 (Education and Social Work)

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: 11.30am, 23 May 2014 (Law)

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: 11.30am, 14 March 2014 (Pharmacy)

Kerry Schott - Honorary Doctor of Business
Ms Schott has held significant leadership roles in a variety of business and government organisations. At present she is the Project Director for the NSW Treasury managing the sale of government owned electricity generating capacity. Kerry Schott is highly regarded by those in both the corporate and government sectors.
Conferring ceremony: 5.00pm, 1 November 2014

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: 4.00pm, 14 March 2014 (Education and Social Work)