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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 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.

Honorary Awards Committee

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.

Membership of the Honorary Awards Committee




Chancellor [Chair]

The Hon Kerry Sanderson AC CVO

Deputy Chancellor

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

Honorary Awards : Nominations

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:

  • Honorary Degree; and
  • Fellow of the University.

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.

Honorary Awards Working Group

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.

Membership of the Honorary Awards Working Group



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 Daryoush Habibi, School of Engineering


Mr Jack Rosagro
University Governance Adviser

Strategic and Governance Services
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2443

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