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Ceremonial and Honorary Degrees Committee

MemberNameTerm Expires
Chair (Chancellor, ex officio) Ms Alison Watkins31 December 2025
Vice-Chancellor (ex officio)Professor Rufus Black28 February 2023
Deputy Chancellor (ex officio)Mr Harvey Gibson31 December 2022
Chair Academic Senate (or nominee) (ex officio)Professor Natalie Brown31 December 2023
Appointed by CouncilMs Jacqueline Saward31 December 2022
Foundation Representative (ex officio)Mr Damian Bugg AM QC 
Alumni Representative (ex officio)Associate Professor Ashley Townsend 
Acting Executive Director, AdvancementMs Rebecca Cuthill 
SecretaryMs Sally Paynter

To make recommendations to Council for the recognition by the University, and for the nomination for recognition by other bodies, of individuals and organisations, including:

  • To make recommendations to Council for the conferring of the title of Emeritus Professor and Honorary Professor, guided by the principles as set out under the Academic Promotions, Honorary and Adjunct Titles policy and Honorary Academic Titles Procedure.
  • To make recommendations to Council for the conferring of honorary degrees.
  • To make recommendations to Council for the conferring of the award of Fellow of the University.
  • To make recommendations to Council for University nominations to the Australian honours system and for other forms of recognition external to the University.
  • To make recommendations to Council for the naming of buildings or facilities in accordance with the Fundraising and Naming policy approved by Council.
  • To consider and advise Council on all matters relating to recognition by the University, the conferring of degrees ceremonies, and other ceremonial matters.

The committee should meet at least quarterly. For all University Council and Committee meeting dates, please refer to the Planning Calendar.

Any submissions for the committee should be sent to Sally Paynter, University Secretary and Secretary to the Ceremonial and Honorary Degrees Committee using the attached template (DOCX).