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Honorary Awards


Honorary awards of our University may be conferred on individuals or organisations whose work and achievement reflect the values of our University and/or have made a positive impact on the city and/or region. Nominators must be able to provide evidence of how the candidate is distinguished in one or more of the following fields:
  • Research and enterprise.
  • Education.
  • The arts.
  • Sport.
  • Science and technology.
  • The professions.
  • Industry and commerce.
  • Public life.
  • Public and voluntary service.
  • Service to our city and our region.
  • Service to the national or international community.
Our University may confer honorary doctorates, honorary masters’ degrees and honorary fellowships.

All individuals and/or groups connected to our University are eligible to submit nominations to the Honorary Awards Committee including students, members of staff, governors and alumni.

The Honorary Awards Committee considers nominations for honorary awards of the University before making recommendations to the Academic Board for formal final approval. If students, staff, governors or alumni would like to nominate an individual or organisation for an honorary award, please visit

The degree is not recognised by employers as having the same stature as a corresponding earned doctorate degree and should not be represented as such.