Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee receives nominations for Honorary Degrees and the Vice-Chancellor's Medal and makes confidential recommendations to Senate regarding the award of such distinctions.



Term of Office
(to 31 July)

Vice Chancellor and Principal (Chair)

Professor D S Eastwood

Ex officio

Provost and Vice Principal (Deputy Chair)

Professor A Tickell

Ex officio

Registrar and Secretary

Mr L Sanders

Ex officio

Director of External Relations

Mrs C Gilbert

Ex officio

Two Heads of College

Professor E J Jenkinson
Professor M Whitby


Four members elected by the Senate

Professor K Armour 
Professor C Ross
Professor J Glasby 
Professor J Rowe


One Lay Member of Council

Mr J E K Smith


One Public Orator

Professor R B Jackson


President of the Guild of Students

Ms P Wilkinson

Ex officio

In attendance

Professor C P Thomas



Mrs C McDonough


Terms of Reference

The Committee receives nominations for Honorary Degrees and the Vice-Chancellor’s Medal from students, alumni, employees, honorary staff or lay members of the Court or Council of the University and makes confidential recommendations regarding the award of such distinctions.

Criteria for the Award of Honorary Degrees:

  • Honorary Graduands are individuals who are particularly eminent in their field and whose work is of high international, national, or regional significance as appropriate.
  • Nominees normally have links with, or have made a contribution to, the University, the City of Birmingham, or the West Midlands. This is, however, not an essential requirement. For example, academics of exceptional distinction in fields where the University of Birmingham is distinguished may be considered.
  • There should be clear potential for a continuing or future relationship between the nominee and the University.
  • To avoid possible misconceptions, the University does not normally consider nominees who are currently serving politicians or persons who have direct or significant influence over funding bodies.
  • The University does not normally consider conferring a second honorary degree on the same individual.
  • Serving or retired members of staff (including those holding honorary staff titles) are not normally considered for an award simply on the basis of their service to the University, but may be considered on grounds of exceptional service at a regional, national, or international level.

Dates of Meetings 

The 2014-15 meeting dates are:

  • Tuesday 14 October 2014
  • Tuesday 24 February 2015
  • Wednesday 19 May 2015

Contact Details

Colette McDonough
Secretary to the Nominations Committee
Registrar & Secretary’s Office
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 6373