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.
- 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 Honorary Awards Committee Executive Officer at email@example.com.
Need more information?
- Contact the Honorary Awards Committee Executive Officer on 4221 8102.
Who determines honorary award recipients?
The granting of University of Wollongong Honorary Awards is managed by the Honorary Awards Committee.
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.