The Honorary Degrees and Awards Statute 1998
Pursuant to sections 192 and 194 of the Education Act 1989 and section 20 of The University of Auckland Act 1961 the Council of the University makes the following statute:
1 This Statute may be cited as the Honorary Degrees and Awards Statute 1998 and shall come into force on the 16 March 1998.
2 The Council may at its discretion:
a Confer the following honorary degrees:
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Science
Doctor of Literature
Doctor of Music
Doctor of Engineering
Doctor of The University of Auckland
A Masters degree in any Faculty of the University;
b Award the title ‘Fellow of the University’ (‘Fellowship’).
3 The University Honours Committee of the Council shall consider nominations and make recommendations to the Council for the conferring of any honorary degree or fellowship under this Statute.
4 The University Honours Committee shall henceforth consist of:
a the Chancellor who shall be the Chair of the Committee
b the Vice-Chancellor
c the Pro-Chancellor
d one member appointed by the Council
e two members of Senate elected by Senate
f a student member of the Council.
5 The Council may, from time to time, approve guidelines for the award of honorary degrees and fellowships and, in making its recommendations, the University Honours Committee shall ensure that it complies with all those guidelines.
6 The Council may also, in its discretion and on the recommendation of the University Honours Committee:
a award the title ‘Professor Emeritus’ to a retired member of the academic staff who held the office of a Professor of the University immediately before his or her retirement
b award the title ‘University Librarian Emeritus’ to a retired member of staff who held the office of University Librarian immediately before his or her retirement and who has a record of long and distinguished service to the University as the University Librarian.
7.1 The University Honours Committee may recommend to the Council, for the conferment of an Honorary Doctor’s degree:
a Any person who:
(i) is academically distinguished, or has made a distinguished contribution in creative or artistic fields, and has, or has had, some intimate connection with the University
(ii) has shown strong interest in the well-being of the University by benefactions, or in other appropriate ways
(iii) is of international repute and is visiting, or has visited the University in an official capacity
b Any other person approved for the purpose after consultation with Education Committee on behalf of Senate.
7.2 The University Honours Committee may recommend to the Council, for the conferment of an Honorary Masters degree:
a any member of the professional staff who has given long and distinguished service to the University
b any member of the academic staff who does not hold a degree
c any other person approved for the purpose after consultation with Education Committee on behalf of Senate.
7.3 The University Honours Committee may recommend to the Council, for the conferment of a Fellowship, a person who:
a has made a unique and valuable contribution to the University
b is not a permanent member of staff.
8 A nomination for the conferment of an honorary degree or a fellowship may be made by any three persons each of whom is a member of the Council or of Senate or of both these bodies; and shall be made confidentially to the Vice-Chancellor in accordance with the relevant provisions of the guidelines in force under Clause 5 of this Statute.
9 The Honorary Degrees Regulations 1978 and The Fellow of The University of Auckland Statute 1992 are both hereby repealed.
Source: The University of Auckland 2013 Online Calendar
Last updated on: Thursday 1 November 2012