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Policy: Honorary degrees

Purpose

To outline the standards which underpin the awarding of honorary degrees at ANU.

Overview

This policy sets out principles that underpin the awarding of honorary degrees to highly eminent individuals in recognition for their significant contributions to the work, reputation or standing of the University; for their outstanding achievement as a scholar; or for their outstanding contributions in the service of society.

Scope

This policy is to apply to all nominations and awards of honorary awards under the Honorary Degree Rules 2015.

Policy statement

  1. The University confers four kinds of honorary doctorate:

Honorary Award

Honorary Doctor of Science

Honorary Doctor of Letters

Honorary Doctor of Laws

Honorary Doctor of the University

Postnominals

HonDSc

HonLittD

HonLLD

HonDUniv

Eligibility

Highly eminent individuals who have made an exceptional contributions to science that is recognised internationally

Highly eminent individuals who have made an exceptional contributions to a disciplinary or interdisciplinary field or endeavour, including legal learning but excluding science that is recognised internationally

Highly eminent individuals who have made an exceptional contributions in public service or the practice of law that is recognised nationally or internationally

Highly eminent individuals who have made an exceptional contributions to the work, standing or reputation of the University that is recognised nationally or internationally

Conferral term

Title is retained for life

Title is retained for life

Title is retained for life

Title is retained for life

Use of title

  1. Use of the title “Dr”, associated with an honorary degree of the University, is only permitted when participating in an activity or event associated with the University.

Limitations on eligibility

  1. An Honorary Doctor of Science is to be awarded only with regards to the disciplinary fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
  2. The award of an honorary degree to a serving politician or public servant, is only considered in exceptional circumstances.
  3. The award of an honorary degree to a person who is when nominated, a member of the staff of the University, is only considered in exceptional circumstances.

Conferral

  1. An honorary degree is not conferred in absentia.
  2. An honorary degree is conferred posthumously if the secretary of the Honorary Degrees Committee had received the relevant proposal before the death of the nominee.

Information

Printable version (PDF)
Title Honorary degrees
Document Type Policy
Document Number ANUP_011613
Version 6
Purpose To outline the standards which underpin the awarding of honorary degrees at ANU.
Audience Staff
Category Governance
Topic/ SubTopic Community & Development
 
Effective Date 2 Oct 2015
Review Date 2 Oct 2018
 
Responsible Officer Director, Corporate Governance and Risk Office
Approved By: ANU Council
Contact Area Corporate Governance and Risk Office
Authority Programs and Awards Statute 2013
Honorary Degrees Rules 2015

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Procedures
Honorary degrees
Forms
Confidential honorary degree proposal