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Criteria and Procedures for Honorary Awards


The University of Waikato honorary awards recognise people who have made special and significant contributions to the University in terms that are closely aligned with its goals.

Note: The term 'Faculty' in this document includes the School of Māori and Pacific Development.

Criteria

Honorary Doctor

  1. The Honours Committee may recommend to the Council for the conferment of the degree of Honorary Doctor of the University of Waikato, any person who
    1. has an established international reputation for excellence within a particular academic field, and has demonstrated outstanding academic leadership, through activities such as a strong publication record, graduate supervision, innovation and entrepreneurship, or
    2. has made a substantial and exemplary contribution to the University, or
    3. has been of outstanding service to the community, or the nation through activities or endeavours consistent with the University's Charter, Vision and strategic goals.
  2. Where a nominee for an honorary doctorate has had a direct association with the University, in addition to satisfying the criteria above, the nominee should have been a strong advocate for the University of Waikato, and demonstrated genuine commitment to its reputation and success.

Exclusions

  1. Nominations for an honorary doctorate will not normally be considered in respect of any person currently in post as either
    1. an employee of, or contractor to, the University
    2. a member of Council or any standing committee of the University.

University of Waikato Medal

  1. The Honours Committee may recommend to the Council for the award of the University of Waikato Medal, any person from within the University or its wider community who
    1. has made a substantial and exemplary contribution to the University, or
    2. has national or international credibility, and has demonstrated outstanding leadership, in a particular profession or community endeavour consistent with the University of Waikato's Charter, Vision and strategic goals.
  2. Where a nominee for a University of Waikato Medal has had a direct association with the University, in addition to satisfying the criteria above, the nominee should have been a strong advocate for the University of Waikato, and demonstrated genuine commitment to its reputation and success.

Exclusions

  1. Nominations for a University of Waikato Medal will not normally be considered in respect of any person currently in post as either
    1. an employee of, or contractor to, the University
    2. a member of Council or any standing committee of the University.

Emeritus Professor

  1. The Honours Committee may recommend to the Council for the title of Emeritus Professor, any person who
    1. has held a professorship at the University for a period of at least ten years, and whose career at the University of Waikato has concluded, and
    2. has made a substantial and exemplary contribution to the University, and
    3. has demonstrated outstanding academic leadership, through activities such as a strong publication record, graduate supervision, innovation and entrepreneurship, and 
    4. has international credibility within his or her academic field.
  2. In addition to satisfying the criteria above, the nominee should have been a strong advocate for the University of Waikato, and demonstrated genuine commitment to its reputation and success.
  3. In exceptional cases, the Honours Committee may recommend for this award a person who has held a professorship for fewer than ten years and/or who remains in post as either an employee of, or contractor to, the University.

Honorary Fellow

  1. The Honours Committee may recommend to the Council for the title of Honorary Fellow, any person who
    1. has been a member of the academic staff of the University for a period of at least ten years, and whose career at the University of Waikato has concluded, and
    2. has made a substantial and exemplary contribution to the University, and 
    3. has demonstrated outstanding leadership in his or her role, and
    4. has national or international credibility within his or her academic field.
  2. In addition to satisfying the criteria above, the nominee should have been a strong advocate for the University of Waikato, and demonstrated genuine commitment to its reputation and success.
  3. In exceptional cases, the Honours Committee may recommend for this award a person who has been either a member of the academic staff for fewer than ten years and/or who remains in post as either an employee of, or contractor to, the University.

 

Procedures for Nominations

  1. A nomination for an honorary award must be made confidentially in writing, without reference to the nominee, to the Secretary of the Honours Committee.
  2. The nomination must include a statement of the grounds on which the award of the honorary award is proposed, in terms of the relevant criteria.
  3. The nomination must be signed by three people as follows:
    1. in the case of an Honorary Doctorate,
      1. a Dean, a Pro Vice-Chancellor, Assistant Vice-Chancellor or the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and
      2. a member of the Academic Board, and
      3. a member of the Council.
    2. in the case of a University of Waikato Medal,
      1. two members of the University staff who are a Head of Division or equivalent, Dean, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Assistant Vice-Chancellor or the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and
      2. a member of the Council.
    3. in the case of an Emeritus Professorship,
      1. the Dean of the Faculty in which the nominee held his or her professorship, and
      2. a member of the Academic Board, and
      3. a member of the Council.
    4. in the case of an Honorary Fellowship,
      1. the Dean of the Faculty in which the nominee worked, and
      2. a member of the Academic Board, and
      3. a member of the Council.
  4. In cases where the nominator belongs to one of the signatory categories above, further signatures are required only for the two remaining categories.
  5. The nomination is considered by the Honours Committee in the first instance.
  6. The Honours Committee may, by majority vote:
    1. decide not to recommend the award, in which case no further action is taken, or
    2. seek additional information from the nominator, in which case the nomination is held over for further consideration, or
    3. recommend the award.
  7. Where the Honours Committee recommends the award of the degree of Honorary Doctor, or the title of Emeritus Professor or Honorary Fellow, the Committee's report and the nomination document are referred confidentially to the Academic Board for comment. The documents are then referred confidentially to the Council along with the advice of the Academic Board.
  8. Where the Honours Committee recommends the award of the University of Waikato Medal, the Committee's report and the nomination document are referred directly and confidentially to the Council.
  9. Final authority to approve the award rests with the Council.
  10. No communication is to be made with the nominee unless and until the recommendation has been approved by the Council.
  11. The Secretary to the Honours Committee notifies a successful nominee of the Council's decision with respect to an honorary award in writing.
  12. An award may not be publicised until the University has received confirmation that the nominee has agreed to accept it.

 

Conferment and Award

  1. Arrangements for the conferment and award of honorary awards are made by the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Executive), and are subject to the approval of the Vice-Chancellor.
  2. An honorary doctorate is usually conferred at one of the University's main graduation ceremonies, although alternative arrangements may be made at the discretion of the Vice-Chancellor.
  3. The University of Waikato Medal, title of Emeritus Professor or title of Honorary Fellow are usually awarded at a private function. Arrangements for the function, including the budget, are subject to the approval of the Vice-Chancellor.

 

Facilities and Privileges

  1. All recipients of honorary awards are entitled to access certain facilities and privileges, which are set out in the document "Facilities and Privileges Available to Recipients of Honorary Awards".
  2. Honorary Doctors of the University of Waikato are entitled to:
    1. wear the relevant academic dress, as prescribed for the degree in the University of Waikato Calendar, and
    2. use the honorific 'Dr' and the abbreviation 'HonD', in accordance with the principles set out in the document "Guidelines for the use of the title 'Dr'".

 

Variations to Criteria and Procedures for Nominations

In exceptional circumstances, the criteria, procedures for nominations and arrangements for conferment and award for any honorary award may be varied. Any questions in this regard should be directed to the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Executive).


Approved by Council, 5 December 2012

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