Honorary degrees: We want your nominations

Posted by rmt22 at May 22, 2018 02:43 PM |
Who do you think we should give an honorary degree to?

Are you aware of anyone – particularly if they come from a group which may have been underrepresented in the past – who may meet the criteria for the award of one of the University’s honorary degrees?

Every year we ask members of the University to put forward candidates for these awards. They are the highest honour that the University can bestow, and the Honorary Degrees Board, which considers the nominations, is committed to ensuring that the University takes full account of the University’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

The Board has made some efforts recently to identify more women candidates, but it is still the case that more men are nominated by staff and students, so we would like to encourage you to help redress that balance in terms of the diversity of those nominated, not only in terms of gender but also race and other protected characteristics.

Any candidate should have made an outstanding contribution on a local, national or international scale. Please check the details of the criteria followed by the Board.

You can also see the complete list of previous recipients of our honorary degrees.

If you are thinking of making a nomination, you will find it helpful to have a preliminary conversation with the secretary of the Board, Nigel Siesage (nigel.siesage@le.ac.uk; Ext 5762). He will be able to advise you if your candidate has already been considered, and on the information the Board will particularly need.

If you then decide to proceed with the nomination, Nigel will collaborate with you in making the full case. Please bear in mind that this should include:

  • Detailed reasons for the nomination (informed by your personal knowledge and appreciation of the candidate’s achievements)
  • A brief curriculum vitae
  • Other background information that may be useful (e.g. Who's Who entry)
  • The candidate’s contact details (without this information it will not be possible to put the nomination forward to the Board).

To be considered at the Board’s meeting this Autumn, completed nominations should be with Nigel by the end of August.

The number of awards made in any year is very limited and candidates should not be made aware that the nomination is being made.

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