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Honorary Awards

During graduation ceremonies the University may confer honorary degrees on persons who:

  • have made major contribution to the work of the University either by personal service or by other means; and/or
  • have made a major contribution to activities more widely associated with education, business, industry, public service, sport, STEM, culture or the arts; and/or
  • will enhance the status of the University and demonstrate an outstanding contribution in their chosen field; and/or
  • will be a role model to UWS graduates and has the potential to act as an ambassador for the University.

Doctor of the University (DUniv)

The DUniv is awarded to persons of high distinction who have earned national / international recognition and standing in their field or activities within education, industry, public service, sport, STEM, culture or the arts; or who have demonstrate an exceptional and outstanding contribution to the development of the University over a prolonged period.

Nominations

Nominations for honorary awards are considered by the University’s Honorary Awards Committee against the award criteria.  The Committee can decide to confer one of two awards:

Doctor of the University (DUniv)

The DUniv is awarded to persons of high distinction who have earned national / international recognition and standing in their field or activities within education, industry, public service, sport, culture or the arts.  Recognising the person’s exceptional and outstanding contribution to the development of the University over a prolonged period; or the nominee’s national / international excellence in an area relevant to the University.  

Master of the University (MUniv)

The MUniv is awarded to persons who have made a major contribution to the region or within a specific area of the University.

Recent Honorary Award Recipients

Professor Patricia Peattie OBE

The Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Thursday 5th July 2018, at the Paisley Abbey, in recognition of Professor Patricia Peattie’s distinguished career in health and academia.

Dr Alan Goodall

The Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Wednesday 4th July 2018, at the Paisley Abbey, in recognition of Dr Alan Goodall’s internationally renowned research into the behavioural ecology and conservation of rare mountain gorillas.

Liz Cameron OBE

The Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Tuesday 3rd July 2018, at the Paisley Abbey, in recognition of Liz Cameron’s outstanding and visionary career as a business leader.

Patrick Doyle

The Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Friday 29th June 2018, at the Troon Concert Hall, in recognition of Patrick Doyle’s achievements as a composer whose work has been widely acclaimed internationally.

Aileen Neilson

The Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Tuesday 26th June 2018, at the Town House, Hamilton, in recognition of Alieen Neilson’s exceptional sporting accomplishments as a World Championship and Paralympic wheelchair curler.

Last updated: 16/08/2017