Honorary degrees – call for nominations open on Thursday 7 December

December 4th, 2023

Each year, the university awards a small number of honorary degrees to people who have made an outstanding contribution in their chosen field.

Nominations for honorary degrees will open on Thursday 7 December 2023 for possible recipients of awards at future degree congregations in Nottingham, Malaysia and China.

Staff and students at the university are invited to put forward their suggestions.

The award of an honorary degree is a significant marker of prestige at the university and the process of selection is therefore taken extremely seriously.

Faculties have been invited to give more input into the consideration of nominations. Colleagues based in Faculties have two options; they can submit their nominations either direct to their Faculty or directly to the Governance Team.

Faculty-based colleagues will be contacted directly by their Faculty to invite nominations.

Professional services and other colleagues based outside Faculties are invited to submit their nominations direct to the Governance Team.

You can find more information and the online form on the Honorary Degrees SharePoint site where you will also find Criteria for Honorary Degrees.

We would expect our university values to be reflected in those we recognise with the award of honorary degrees and we very much want to receive nominations which enable us to achieve better representation from under-represented groups

The call for nominations will open on Thursday 7 December 2023 and the deadline for nominations is Thursday 18 January 2024.

If you have any queries or need further information, please contact the Governance Team.

Colleagues are reminded that each stage of the process is confidential and we ask you not to contact the nominee at any stage.

The nominee should be unaware of the proposal. The Governance Team will manage initial communication with successful nominees.


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