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

Michael Cassel

Honorary Doctorate of Letters

In recognition of his outstanding contributions and service tonational 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.


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.


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.


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.


Doctorate in gown and cap

2022 Emeritus Professor

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.


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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.


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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


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


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