Honorary Degree of Masters Regulations
The following regulations describe the limitations, frequency and procedure for awarding the honorary degree of Master of Arts in the University in furtherance of Statute 6.2.
Honorary Master’s Degree
There shall be an honorary degree of Master of Arts awarded in the University.
Nominations for Award of Honorary Master's Degree
Each year the Executive Director, University Services shall invite Members, Senators and members of the Professoriate of the University to bring forward nominations of persons falling within the category described in Section 6.2.5 of Statute 6.2 who might be considered by the Senate for the award of an honorary degree of Master usually in the following year.
In respect of Section 6.2.5 the level of contribution which is acceptable for the award of an honorary degree of Master would be of somewhat lesser distinction than is expected for the award of the honorary doctorate, particularly in relation to academic achievement.
Each nomination should have a proposer and seconder and should be supported by sufficient documentation to demonstrate the worthiness of the case and to assist in the preparation of a citation.
Nominees are not to be approached by nominators, or any other person acting for the nominators, without the approval of the Honorary Awards Committee.
Both proposer and seconder must be a Member or Senator or member of the Professoriate of the University.
Frequency of Making Awards of Honorary Master
Senate may award up to three (3) honorary degrees of Master each year, although Senate may increase the number in special circumstances. There is no presumption that three (3) awards will be made in a particular year.
Conferral of Awards of Honorary Degree of Master
The award of Honorary Master of Arts shall usually be conferred at an approved graduation ceremony of the University.
Persons to Whom the Honorary Degree of Master should not be offered
The honorary degree of Master should not be offered to the following persons unless they fall within the category described in Section 6.2.5 of Statute 6.2:
politicians in office;
visitors, unless they were/are at the University for an extended period and make a real contribution to the work of the University;
retiring members of Senate, professors and others associated with the University unless they have made quite exceptional contributions. Generally members of Senate and others in office should not be considered unless in relation to outstanding contributions made independently of their membership of a University body.
Selection of Nominees to Recommend for Award of the Honorary Degree of Master
The Honorary Awards Committee shall consider all nominations received by it for the award of the honorary degree of Master and, if appropriate, make recommendations to the Senate only when the Committee is unanimous in its view.
The Committee may make whatever confidential enquiries it desires pertinent to any nomination and shall not be required to divulge its reasons for failing to recommend any candidate for such an award.
Title: Honorary Degree of Masters Regulations
Approved By: Standing and Finance Committee
Date: 1 September 2000
Officer Responsible: Executive Director, University Services
Contact Officer: Administrative Officer, Secretariat