Students Staff

Honorary Degree nominations

In accordance with the Ordinances, the University of Essex awards a number of Honorary Degrees each year. These are normally presented at the Graduation ceremonies held annually in July at Colchester Campus.

The nomination process

Each year nominations are collected from our University community and alumni in the Autumn Term. These nominations are then reviewed by the Committee and ranked in order of preference. Nominations are discussed at the main meeting in the Spring Term and recommendations sent to Senate for approval. Recommendations then go from Senate to Council for final approval. The chosen nominees are contacted in the Summer Term. This allows time for a relationship to be developed and for the chosen nominees to have contact with our University ahead of the conferral of their honorary degree the following year.

How to nominate

Nominations are welcomed from all members of our University community including alumni, as well as external members of Council. In order to avoid unnecessary confusion and/or embarrassment, those making nominations are asked to ensure that the person concerned is not aware that their name has been put forward.


The nomination cycle for honorary degrees begins in the Autumn Term, with nominations to be received by the beginning of December each year.

Further information

Arrangements for the Honorary Degrees and Honorary Fellowships Committee are handled by the Graduation Office. If you have any questions, please contact:

Maz Brook

Secretary, Honorary Degrees and Honorary Fellowships Committee

Graduation Office, Academic Services, Academic Section, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ

Telephone 01206 872970