Honorary degrees, Medals of Honour and national honours

Each year, we recognise remarkable individuals that have made outstanding contributions to society that embody our values, improve the lives of people in local communities or have created significant impact in their field of work.

Honorary degrees and Medals of Honour are the University’s highest awards and each year we open nominations from current University students, alumni, staff and members of the Board of Governors or General Assembly for these awards. In addition, we welcome nominations for a range of national honours.

Nominations are currently closed. The next call will open in November 2024.

Types of honour

Nominations are closed

The deadline for the submission of nominations was Friday, 26 January 2024.

What happens next?

A shortlist of nominations was agreed by the Awards and Honours Group in February 2024 – it will meet between April and May to determine who will be recommended. These names will then be reviewed by the Senate and Board of Governors.

The names of individuals that will be awarded honorary degrees or the University Medals of Honour will be made public only when the offers have been accepted. You are asked to note that this can take some considerable time (up to two years and sometimes linger).

Additional information

Under-represented groups

Nominations for individuals in under-represented groups (including women and ethnic minority groups) will be particularly welcomed in all three categories. In the case of honorary degrees, we would welcome suggestions for individuals who have not already received recognition in this way although holding such awards from other universities will not preclude consideration of nominations.

Eligibility to nominate

To submit a valid nomination, you must be a current University student, graduate, member of staff or Member of the Board of Governors or General Assembly.


All nominations must be made in the strictest confidence. Nominees and members of their family must not be made aware that their names have been put forward. Should the Awards and Honours Group learn that a nominee has prior knowledge of a submission, the nomination will be rejected, however strong the case.