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Criteria and Procedures for Honorary Awards


The honorary awards referred to below relate to the terms of reference of the Honours Committee which is a committee of Council. (Authority for processes and decisions in relation to Emeritus Professorships and Honorary Fellowships rests with the Vice-Chancellor.)

Nominations for these honorary awards will not normally be considered in respect of any person currently in post as either

  1. an employee of, or contractor to, the University, or
  2. a member of the Council or any of its standing committees.

Criteria

Degree of Honorary Doctor of the University of Waikato

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 Strategy.

University of Waikato Medal

The Honours Committee may recommend to the Council for the award of the University of Waikato Medal any person who has been a member of staff of the University or who is from its wider external 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 Strategy.

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Honours Committee may recommend to the Council for a Distinguished Alumni Award any person who holds a qualification of the University of Waikato and who has

  1. pre-eminence in his or her chosen field, or
  2. made outstanding contributions to the community at large, or
  3. given outstanding professional or voluntary service, or
  4. made outstanding achievements in business, or
  5. made outstanding achievements in the fine, performing or applied arts, or
  6. made outstanding achievements in team or individual sport to national representative level.

Approved
Council, 9 December 2015

Procedures for Nominations

Procedures for the nomination of honorary awards are currently under review.

Questions about nomination procedures for Honorary Doctorates, University of Waikato Medals and Distinguished Alumni Awards should be directed to Helen Pridmore, Council Secretary.

Questions about nomination procedures for Emeritus Professorships and Honorary Fellowships should be directed to Duanna Fowler, Director of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor.

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