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Honorary Awards

Honorary Awards

We acknowledge and honour outstanding or significant personal achievement, and outstanding or significant contributions to society or to the University through the awarding of Honorary Degrees and the titles of Fellow of the University and Fellow of WAAPA.

The Honorary Degree is our most prestigious honorary award, and the title of Fellow (of the University or of WAAPA) is a high-level University honour.

Honorary Awards Committee

The Honorary Awards Committee is a standing committee of Council. The Committee considers and recommends to Council on nominations for honorary awards and titles.

For further information on the Honorary Awards Committee please visit the Committee web page.

Membership of the Honorary Awards Committee



The Hon Dr Hendy Cowan AO

Chancellor   Chair

Ms Kelly Hick 

Pro Chancellor

Professor Steve Chapman CBE


Associate Professor Mark McMahon

Chairperson of the Academic Board

Mrs Julie Proud

One other member of Council

Professor Caroline Barratt-Pugh; and

Professor Ross Dowling OAM

Two members nominated by the Academic Board

Mr Lewis Price

ECU Guild President

Associate Professor Andrew Woodward

Representative from University Executive

Honorary Awards : nominations

Honorary Award nominations for 2016 are now open to all ECU staff (excepting casual and honorary staff members).  Nomination forms (see "Downloads") will be available from Tuesday 1st March 2016 with nominations closing by 5.00pm Friday 18th March 2016.

Enquiries can be directed to Lyn Graham, either by telephone on 6304 2627, or by email to


The policy Honorary Awards of the University sets out the criteria for these awards, and describes the processes of nomination, recommendation and approval.

Honorary Awards Working Group

The purpose of the Honorary Awards Working Group is to consider, assess and recommend to the Honorary Awards Committee suitable candidates for an honorary award.  The Honorary Awards Working Group is responsible under delegation from Council for assessing, deliberating and reporting on:  suitable candidates for the honorary awards of: a) Honorary Degree b) Fellow of the University c) Fellow of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and d) Emeritus Professor.

Membership of Honorary Awards Working Group



Professor Cobie Rudd

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Planning) Chair

Mr Scott Henderson

Vice-President (Corporate Services)

Professor Simon Ridings

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and President (International)

Professor Colleen Hayward AM

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equity & Indigenous)

Mr Phillip Draber

Director, Office of Risk & Assurance

Ms Sonia Mackay-Coghill

Director, Office of Development and Alumni Relations 

Mrs Janice Tracey

Director, Office of Governance Services

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