Honorary awards

Call for nominations for honorary degree and honorary fellows

– due 30 April 2013


Eligible persons are invited to submit nominations for honorary degrees and honorary fellows, for possible award in 2014.

Please read the following important information:

  1. Those eligible to submit nominations
  2. Those eligible to be nominated
  3. Confidentiality of nominations
  4. Timeframes for nominations
  5. Writing the nomination
    Writing the nomination for an honorary degree
    Writing the nomination for an honorary fellow
  6. Submitting the nomination to the Secretary to Senate

1. Those eligible to submit nominations

  • Fellows and former Fellows of Senate
  • the students of the University
  • the staff of the University
  • Principals of the residential colleges
  • the graduates of the University

2. Those eligible to be nominated

  • Fellows of Senate or members of staff* of the University will not be eligible for the award of an honorary fellowship while in office.
  • Former Fellows of Senate or former members of staff* will not normally be eligible for nomination for an honorary fellowship within two years of their retirement from the relevant office.

* Members of staff refers to full-time, part-time and casual members of University staff.
* An exception may be made for compensated work of a minor nature.

3. Confidentiality of nominations

Any person nominated for the award of an honorary degree or honorary fellowship shall not be consulted beforehand, nor at any time prior to the person being advised of Senate’s decision, and all nominations, deliberations, investigations and recommendations relating to the nomination shall be treated as strictly confidential by all persons concerned.

4. Process

  • Nominations due: by 30 April 2013
  • Nominations considered by the Nominations and Appointments Committee
  • The Committee's recommendations to Senate for approval
  • Conferring of the successful honorary awards: 2014

5. Writing the nomination

Writing the nomination for an honorary degree


The purpose of honorary degrees is for the University of Sydney to recognise EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT.

The criteria for selection for honorary degrees are one or more of the following:

  • academic eminence, and/or
  • distinguished creative achievement, and/or
  • an outstanding contribution beyond the expectations of the person’s particular field of endeavour which has influenced the thinking or general well-being of the wider community.


The nomination for an honorary degree should:

  • specify the degree (normally a higher doctorate)
  • specify the criterion/criteria (see above) on which the nomination is based
  • address the criterion/criteria by providing detailed information to identify the person and make the case for the award in terms of the criterion/criteria.
Writing the nomination for an honorary fellow


The purpose of the award of the title of Honorary Fellow of the University of Sydney is to recognise OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY.

Honorary Fellows will be selected on the basis of conspicuous continued involvement in one or more of the following criteria:

  • support of the interests and welfare of the University of Sydney or of a particular part of the University’s activities, and/or
  • promotion of the academic purposes of the University or of facilitating those purposes in any particular activity of the University, and/or
  • fostering the links between the University and other institutions within and without Australia, and/or
  • enlarging educational opportunities to enter the University among persons with limited prospects of so doing for reasons which they could not overcome, and/or
  • representation of the University’s needs for resources for its growth and diversification and supply of such resources.

The nomination for an honorary fellowship should:

  • specify the criterion/criteria (see above) on which the nomination is based
  • address the criterion/criteria by providing detailed information to identify the person and make the case for the award in terms of the criterion/criteria.

6. Submitting the nomination

Forward the nomination to the Secretary to Senate, Dr William Adams, by 30 April 2013:

  • by email:
  • by hand: Dr W Adams, Secretary to Senate, Room L3.03, Quadrangle, A14, University of Sydney
  • by mail: Dr W Adams, Secretary to Senate A14, University of Sydney NSW 2006, Australia