In accordance with Ordinance 32, the University of Essex awards up to two Honorary Fellowships each year. The Fellowship is awarded to "persons who have distinguished themselves in the fields of study represented in the University or who have rendered conspicuous and exceptional service to the University".
These can include (but aren't limited to) former officers of our University, long serving former members of staff or other lay members of our University who have given conspicuous and exceptional service.
Each year nominations are collected from our University community and alumni in the Autumn term. These nominations are then reviewed by the Committee 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 nominee is contacted in the Spring Term and invited to accept their award at the annual meeting of Court.
Nominations are welcomed from all members of our University (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.
Nominations for Honorary Fellows for award in 2025 should be made by 5pm on Friday 1 December 2023.
All nominations are considered by the Honorary Degrees and Fellowships Committee during the spring term each year, for award in the following year. The Committee reports to Senate and Council during the spring term ahead of the public announcement of the names of the successful candidates.
These guidelines set out the procedures for submitting nominations for consideration by the Honorary Degrees and Fellowships Committee and the general criteria by which nominations are considered. The criteria provides guidance for the Committee and does not constitute formal policy.