Honorary Doctorates may be awarded for outstanding services to the University, outstanding scholarship, significant services at the national or international level, and/or current and potential contribution to the University through reputation and engagement activities. Nominees will have demonstrated exceptional service or scholarship over a substantial period of time.
The title of "Emeritus Professor" may be conferred on a Professor who retires or (in exceptional circumstances) resigns, and may be awarded for outstanding service to the University through their discipline or by bringing significant credit to the University. The term "outstanding" is paramount in determining the recommendation and nominees shall have served the University continuously as a full Professor for a minimum period of five years. A nominee’s current and potential contribution to their discipline and the University can also be taken into consideration.
University Fellowships are the University's peak award for exceptional service to the University and the community. A nominee’s current and potential contribution to the University, particularly in supporting engagement with local communities, can also be taken into consideration.
Community Fellowship Award
The award of a Community Fellowship recognises the contribution of an organisation for their outstanding community leadership in one or more of the University's communities.
Alumni Award for Professional Excellence
This award recognises an alumnus who has achieved sustained success throughout their career that is noteworthy and exceptional and whose accomplishments raise their profile and standing within their community, country or internationally and/or bring greater recognition to their profession.
Alumni Award for Research and Scholarship
This award recognises an alumnus who demonstrates a sustained contribution to their field of research, has achieved recognition at a national and/or international level(s) and whose accomplishments raise their profile and standing within their community, country or internationally and bring greater recognition to their field of research.
Young Alumni Award
This award recognises an alumnus who is 35 years or younger in the year of the award and who demonstrates exceptional success in their chosen profession and significant contribution to their profession and/or community at a local, national and/or international level(s).
Alumni Award for Social Impact
This award recognises the work of an outstanding individual who can demonstrate the positive impact they have had on their community through their work in social innovation within the profit, non-profit or public sector.
Alumni Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
This award recognises an alumnus who is recognised as an outstanding innovator, demonstrates strong entrepreneurial mindset and creative approach in their field of expertise, and has a positive impact in terms of leadership, technical and marketing development to enhance the lives of others.
For more information on the Alumni Awards, visit UOW Honorary Alumni.
- Nominations may also be made for individuals to be nominated for Australian National Honours -- see It's an Honour (external site)
The University of Wollongong recognises outstanding achievement and exceptional service in the granting of honorary awards. Honorary awards include:
- Honorary Doctorates;
- Emeritus Professorships;
- University Fellowships; and
- Community Fellowships.
Who is eligible?
You may wish to nominate someone who
- has provided outstanding service to the University,
- has achieved outstanding levels of scholarship,
- has provided significant services at the national or international level, or
- has made significant contribution to the University through reputation and engagement activities over a substantial period of time.
To nominate someone
- Do not tell the person you are nominating about their nomination.
- Read the Honorary Awards Procedure (PDF), which outlines the nominations process and the criteria for each award.
- Complete an Honorary Awards Nomination Form (including Conflicts of Interest Declarations and Endorsement by Executive Deans/Senior Executive):
- Email the completed form to the Governance Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need more information?
- Contact the Governance Unit on 4221 8102.
Who determines honorary award recipients?
The granting of University of Wollongong Honorary Awards is managed by the .
University Council determines the recipients of
- Honorary Doctorates,
- Emeritus Professorships,
- University Fellowships and
- Community Fellowship Awards.
The Honorary Awards Committee may also approve candidates to be nominated for
- Australian Honours and
- UOW Alumni Awards.
The University granted its first honorary awards in 1976, when Charles A M Gray, Sir Rupert H Myers, David Edwin Parry and Sir Robert Webster were awarded Honorary Doctorates in Science.