Honorary alumni

The University recognises outstanding achievement, exceptional service and significant contribution through the granting of the following honorary awards; Honorary Doctorate, Emeritus Professorship, University Fellowship and Community Fellowship.

2022 Honorary Doctorates

Professor Alan Pettigrew

Honorary Doctor of Science

Professor Alan Pettigrew is an international leader in the higher education sector and is renowned for bringing exceptional insight and vision to higher education and medical research governance at a national level.

READ ALAN'S CITATION 

Professor Bruce Thom AM

Honorary Doctor of Science

Professor Bruce Thom is an outstanding scholar and a passionate advocate for the discipline of geography, fusing academic rigour with applied research to embed scientific knowledge into public and private sector decision-making.

READ BRUCE'S CITATION 

Professor Lei Jiang

Honorary Doctor of Science

Named in the global top one per cent of Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers in both Chemistry and Material Science for more than five years, Professor Jiang is the recipient of many awards which attest to the international breadth and gravity of his influence as a scientist.

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Robin Thompson

Honorary Doctor of Science

Raised on small dairy farms in Lancashire, England, Professor Thompson has applied his considerable talent for mathematics and scientific rigour to the field of statistical genetics, making influential discoveries that have transformed the study of animal, plant and human genetics.

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Lisa Havilah

Honorary Doctorate of Letters

Lisa Havilah is among the Australian arts and cultural sector’s most innovative and influential leaders, taking the nexus of contemporary art and community engagement to bold new places that reflect and shift our cultural landscape.

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Michael Cassel

Honorary Doctorate of Letters

In recognition of his outstanding contributions and service to national and international musical theatre. Michael’s sheer determination, commitment, forward thinking and dynamic character is what has catapulted him into the successful producer and CEO he is today.

READ MICHAEL'S CITATION

Michael Cassel

Kim McKay AO

Honorary Doctorate of Science

In recognition of her outstanding contributions, inspiring everyday people to preserve and protect our natural, social and cultural heritage at both a national and international level, in her daily role and as a volunteer.

READ KIM's CITATION

Doctorate wearing gown and hate

Michael Noonan AO RAN

Honorary Doctorate of Laws

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to regional, national, and international maritime security. His professional dedication, strategic and energetic leadership, and sustained impact have seen him fulfil leadership roles at all levels of the Australian Defence Force and rise to the highest tiers of leadership in the Royal Australian Navy.

READ MICHAEL's CITATION

Doctorate in gown and hat

Ben Quilty

Honorary Doctorate of Letters

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to art that draws attention to human vulnerability and injustice. An artist and social commentator, Ben paints with a purpose, and his art invites us to think critically about the world we have created, who we are, and where we are heading.

READ BEN'S CITATION

Doctorate in gown and cap

Richard Kenchington

Emeritus Professor

Richard's deep commitment to the sustainable and effective management of the world’s oceans, and the value of education and research to attain that goal over the past two decades is what makes Richard so very worthy of this award today.

READ RICHARD'S CITATION

Emeritus Professor in graduation clothes

2022 Emeritus Professors

Professor Stephen Pyne

Emeritus Professor

Professor Stephen Geoffrey Pyne is an internationally respected leader in organic chemistry who has led crucial and significant advances in organic synthesis, medicinal chemistry, and natural products chemistry.

READ STEPHEN'S CITATION

Professor Andrew Davis

Emeritus Professor

In a research and teaching career at UOW spanning more than three decades, Andrew Davis has greatly contributed to the University’s vision to inspire a better future through education, research and partnership.

READ ANDREW'S CITATION

Professor Paul Chandler

Emeritus Professor

Throughout his teaching and academic career Paul has made, and continues to make, an outstanding contribution to the lives of all Australians, from the earliest years of life, through schooling, higher education and beyond.

READ PAUL'S CITATION

Professor Wilfred Yeo

Emeritus Professor

Professor Wilfred Winston Yeo has profoundly impacted medical education and clinical practice. He has been instrumental in building a strong foundation for clinical education and practice in the Illawarra. 

READ WILFRED'S CITATION

Shi Xue Dou AM

Emeritus Professor

Shi's outstanding career and contributions to UOW, his stellar international reputation and record of research achievement in Materials Science, his academic and teaching contributions, mentoring and leadership throughout his 27 year career at UOW make him most worthy of this award.

READ SHI'S CITATION

Emeritus Professor in graduation clothes

Hua Kun Liu AM

Emeritus Professor

Hua’s tireless efforts have made an outstanding contribution both in her field of energy storage materials and to UOW. This award will continue her strong connection to the University, ensuring UOW, its staff and students will benefit from her expertise and guidance into the future

READ HUA'S CITATION

Emeritus Professor in graduation clothes

Linda Tapsell AM

Emeritus Professor

A pre-eminent dietitian nationally and internationally Linda has made an enormous contribution to both her field and UOW. Her ongoing relationship will benefit staff and students and continue to add to the reputation of Nutrition and Dietetics and health research at UOW into the future. An outstanding scholar, teacher and leader, Linda epitomises the principles of this award we present to her here today

READ LINDA'S CITATION

Emeritus Professor in graduation clothes

Honorary Alumni Chapter

The Honorary Alumni Chapter is a network of alumni who have been awarded either a University Fellowship, an Honorary degree or an Emeritus Professorship from the University of Wollongong. The Chapter meets regularly to discuss and organise ways in which they can support the University through advocacy, projects and activities.

Find out more about the UOW Honorary Alumni Chapter