Honorary Degrees Committee

The Honorary Degrees Committee is a joint committee of Senate and the Board of Trustees. The committee recommends candidates for honorary degrees and honorary fellowships.

Terms of reference

For more details about the Honorary Degrees Committee's full responsibilities and function, see Ordinance 4 - Appendix E.


As a group, the committee members are empowered to make decisions. They can take advice from others attending the meeting.

Members and roles

The Honorary Degrees Committee has up to 20 members.

  • Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President
  • Mr Jack Boyer, Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • Independent Trustee (appointment in progress)
  • Sir Paul Nurse, Chancellor
  • Dr Jackie Cornish, Pro-Chancellor
  • Dr Andrew Sheng, Pro-Chancellor
  • Mr Alex Wilmot-Sitwell, Pro-Chancellor
  • Professor Judith Squires, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost
  • Professor Tansy Jessop, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education
  • Dr Erik Lithander, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement
  • Professor John Iredale, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Health and Life Sciences
  • Professor Phil Taylor, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise
  • Professor Sarah Purdy, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience
  • Professor Karla Pollmann, Dean of Arts
  • Professor Ian Bond, Dean of Engineering
  • Professor Jane Norman, Dean of Health Sciences
  • Professor Jeremy Tavare, Dean of Life Sciences
  • Professor Jens Marklof, Dean of Science
  • Professor Simon Tormey, Dean of Social Sciences and Law
  • Lucinda Parr, Registrar and University Secretary


The following individuals may attend meetings and offer advice to committee members:

  • Director of DARO
  • Director of External Relations

They do not have the authority to make committee decisions and are not eligible to vote in meetings.

Committee Secretary


There are currently no vacancies. 

Meeting dates and paper submission deadlines 2021/22

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  • Tuesday 8 March 2022, 10am
    (Paper deadline 22 February 2022)
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