Feb 09 2018

What are the awards that can be made?

There are two types of honorary awards that the College (Royal Holloway, University of London) may make each year:

  • An honorary fellowship of the College.
  • An honorary degree of the University of London conferred by the College.

Who might be awarded an honorary fellowship of the College?

The award of a fellowship of the College is at the behest of the College Council.  Nominations for the award may be made by any member of College following a procedure and criteria agreed by the Council Executive Committee.

The detailed criteria that are applied for the award of an honorary fellowship are included in this document, however in general, nominees for a fellowship are expected to have given considerable service to the College far exceeding the requirement of any role, paid or otherwise, either in employment or associated with the College.  It would also be expected that the relationship will continue, because of the history of loyalty and commitment to the College, and that this would be beneficial for the College.

A nominated fellow would therefore be an individual who is already well known to the College and would continue to be involved in College life. 

Who might be nominated to receive an honorary degree of the University of London?

An honorary degree of the University of London is conferred by the College and the names of individuals nominated have to be approved by The University of London.  The view of College Academic Board on individual nominations is sought before consideration by Council Executive Committee and final consideration and approval by Council.

The detailed criteria for the award of honorary degrees of the University of London by the Colleges are Regulation 2, paragraphs 16-18, which can be found on the University of London website

However, as an overview, the conferring of an honorary degree of the University of London by the College would be in recognition of an individual’s outstanding academic achievement in their field of expertise.  It may also be in recognition of the application of the individual’s knowledge and intellectual ability for the benefit, or the potential, that it offers to society and with which the College would like to be associated or be seen to support.

It should be noted that an honorary degree will not be conferred on a person whose contribution or achievements lie chiefly in service to the College, and will not normally be conferred on someone who is already an honorary fellow of the College.

A person nominated for an honorary degree may not necessarily be someone known for their strong connections with the College but would be someone who is preeminent in their field with whom College may want to be associated.

The names of past recipients of both honorary awards can be found here:

What is the nomination and conferring process for each award?

For either honorary award;

  • It is not a requirement to complete every question on the form – it may not be relevant to your nomination.

Nomination form for an honorary fellowship

Nomination form for an honorary degree of the University of London.

  • In order to avoid disappointment or embarrassment nominations should not be discussed with candidates.
  • The closing date for nominations for 2019 awards is midday on Monday 16 April 2018.

Criteria for the award of Honorary Fellowships of the College

Approved by Council 4 March 2015