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Membership 2023/24

The Chair of Council (Chair)

Sir David Normington

The Vice-Chancellor and President

Professor Stuart Croft

The Provost Professor Emma Flynn

One Pro-Vice-Chancellor or nominated Deputy, appointed by the Vice-Chancellor and President

Professor David Leadley

The Vice-Provosts and Chairs of the Faculties of Arts, Social Sciences and Science, Engineering and Medicine

Professor Rachel Moseley

Professor James Hayton

Professor Mike Ward

Two independent members of the Council

Yewande Akinola (2026)

Richard Hyde (2027)

The Director of Development

Matthew Ferguson

(The year after a member's name indicates that their term of office normally expires on 31 July of that year.)

In attendance:

Rachel Sandby-Thomas, Registrar

Sarah Wall, Executive Officer

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Terms of Reference

  1. To report to the Senate and the Council on an annual basis the progress for those who have been invited to receive an Honorary Degree.

To approve:

  1. On behalf of the Senate, anyone whom it proposes to confer an honorary degree on.
  2. On behalf of the Senate, anyone whom it proposes to confer a Benefactor’s Medal on.

To consider and recommend:

  1. Anyone whom it proposes to confer the Chancellor’s Medal on to the Chancellor.
  2. In exceptional circumstances only review, any award which, on receipt of new information, would have potentially affected the original decision. The review will adhere to the process for the revocation of Honorary Degrees and the Committee will make a recommendation to the Vice-Chancellor, who, on behalf of the Senate, will decide whether to rescind the award.

To keep under review:

  1. The diversity of the nominations the Committee receives ensuring they are broadly representative of the public and appropriate to the interests of the University.

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Reporting Structure and Procedures

The Honorary Degrees Committee reports to the Senate and the Council.

The procedures for the award of honorary degrees is set out in Ordinance 9.

Click here to see a diagrammatic representation of the Committee Structure.

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Secretary: Dr Chris Twine, Secretary to Council

Executive Officer: Sarah Wall, Executive Office

Assistant Secretary: Elizabeth Coyle - email: 

Papers for consideration by the Honorary Degrees Committee, including nominations for the award of honorary degrees, should be submitted to the Secretary at least one month in advance of the meeting at which they are to be considered.

Honorary Degree Nomination Form

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Dates of meetings of the Honorary Degrees Committee can be found within the University Committee Timetable.