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 title of Fellow of the University.
The Honorary Degree is our most prestigious honorary award, and the title of Fellow of the University is a high-level University honour.
The Honorary Awards Committee is a standing committee of Council. The Committee considers and recommends to Council on nominations for Honorary Degrees and Titles of Fellow of the University.
For further information on the Honorary Awards Committee please visit the Committee web page.
The Hon Kerry Sanderson AC CVO
Ms Kelly Hick
Professor Steve Chapman CBE
Chairperson of the Academic Board
Professor Mark McMahon
One other member of Council
Ms Natalie Dimmock
ECU Guild President
Ms Elsa Chew
One Member of University Executive
Professor Andrew Woodward
Two members nominated by the Academic Board
Professor Caroline Barratt-Pugh; and
Professor Dawn Penney
Chair of the Honorary Awards Working Group
Professor Cobie Rudd
The University’s Honorary Awards of the University Policy and its Procedures allow for nominations for ECU Honorary Awards to be called twice yearly.
An honorary award is one way the University is able to honour someone who has made outstanding contributions to a specific field or is generally recognised for distinguished public service locally, nationally or internationally. Recognition can also be awarded to distinguished scholars in a field of academic endeavour in which the University is involved or has a direct, strategic interest.
ECU Honorary Awards include:
Past ECU Honorary Awardees include Ms Patricia Anderson HonDMedSc ECowan, Mr Ben Elton HonDArts ECowan, Professor Lyn Beazley, AO, HonDSc ECowan, Ms June Oscar, AO, HonDUniv ECowan and Mr Nigel Satterley, AM, HonDBus ECowan.
All staff are invited to consider lodging a nomination for the conferral of an ECU honorary degree upon a distinguished member of the community. You are encouraged to think broadly and creatively when considering a nomination.
All nominations for an honorary award must be submitted on the Honorary Awards nomination.
In making nominations it is required that staff members do not discuss the matter with the nominee, as this may create an expectation which, in the final outcome, may not be fulfilled.
All nominations will initially be considered and assessed by the Honorary Awards Working Group. The Honorary Awards Committee, chaired by the Chancellor, will then review the nominations and the assessment provided by the Working Group before making their recommendations to University Council for approval.
For further information on the criteria and eligibility of nominees, please refer to the Honorary Awards of the University Policy.
The purpose of the Honorary Awards Working Group is to provide to the Honorary Awards Committee the Working Group’s consideration and assessment of each nomination with respect to why the nominated candidate should, or should not, be considered for the honorary awards of Honorary Degree; or the title of Fellow of the University.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) [Chair]
Professor Cobie Rudd
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equity & Indigenous)
Professor Braden Hill
Vice-President (Enterprise and Development)
Ms Sonia Mackay-Coghill
Director and General Counsel, Strategic and Governance Services
Ms Jo Quinn
One Executive Dean in Humanities, Arts and/or Social Sciences (HASS)
Professor David Shirley, WAAPA
One Executive Dean in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and/or Medicine (STEMM)
Professor Moira Sim, School of Medical and Health Sciences
One other Executive Dean
Professor Maryam Omari, School of Business and Law
Mrs Aisling Vennitti
University Governance Adviser
Strategic and Governance Services
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2443
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