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.