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Honorary awards

Recognising inspiring people in the University's community
The University recognises exceptional individual achievement by conferring an honorary degree, and outstanding service to the University by awarding the title of Honorary Fellow of the University.

2019 recipients

Doctor of Dental Science
Date of conferral: Friday 15 March 2019

For over 30 years, William has carried out the work of a Dental Surgeon with competence, compassion and humility. He is the leading oral surgeon in the eastern side of the Democratic Republic of Congo and has dealt with and managed medical conditions far beyond the expectations of a dental degree. He has made a significant contribution to dental health in a truly needy nation, the size of western Europe and with a population of over 80 million.

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Doctor of Health Science
Date of conferral: Friday 12 April 2019

Ken is a descendant of the Kabi-Kabi and Gooreng Gooreng Nations of South East Queensland. He is a graduate of the Djurawang Health Sciences (Mental Health) program at Charles Sturt University and a former lecturer and researcher at Muru Marri, the Indigenous Health Unit of the University of New South Wales, School of Public Health and Community Medicine.

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Doctor of Medical Science
Date of conferral: Monday 15 April 2019

Edward has been one of the most influential figures in Australian medicine, medical research and university leadership of his generation. He is devoted to improving university contributions to society generally in Australia, the UK and internationally, and to promoting the role of universities in championing both social equity and free speech.

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Honorary Fellow
Date of conferral: Tuesday 14 May 2019

Lady Potter is a passionate philanthropist who acknowledges the profound effect that advocacy and patronage can have on an establishment like the University of Sydney. We are an outstanding research and education institution today because of the vision and commitment of supporters like Lady Potter. 

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Honorary Fellow
Date of conferral: Thursday 6 June 2019

Josephine co-founded construction company, Buildcorp. She has been instrumental in growing the company to become an industry leader. Josephine works across a range of industries, serving on a number of private, public, government and not-for-profit boards. She is also President of Australian Women’s Rugby and has been able to change the landscape for women in rugby across the nation.

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Honorary Fellow
Date of conferral: Thursday 6 June 2019

Tony was the first in his family to graduate from university. He co-founded construction company – Buildcorp – which has delivered projects cumulatively worth over $3 billion, including landmark projects in the health, education, hospitality, retail and commercial sectors. Tony played rugby for the Sydney University Football Club in 1985. Seven years later, following the establishment of Buildcorp his company has been the major sponsor of the Club. 

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Doctor of Laws
Date of conferral: Friday 7 June 2019

Chief Justice Bathurst is a distinguished graduate of this University in Arts and Law. After 10 years at the Bar, Thomas became Queen’s Counsel and in 2011 was appointed Chief Justice of NSW. Thomas’ practice has covered almost every aspect of commercial and corporations law, including trade practices, administrative law and revenue law as well as commercial arbitration.

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Doctor of Laws
Date of conferral: Friday 4 October 2019

Nicola Roxon was a member of the Australian Parliament for 15 years. She was Australia’s Minister for Health and Ageing for four years and in 2011 she became Australia’s first female Attorney General. Perhaps her most important achievement in parliament was to lead the introduction of the world’s first law requiring plain tobacco packaging as part of a new focus on prevention and a comprehensive approach to reducing smoking. An honorary doctorate for Ms Roxon is a most fitting continuation of our university’s role in tobacco control and of our acknowledgement of women’s leadership in public health and law. 

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