University Honours and Recognition Policy (MPF1235)

  • Category: Engagement
  • Review due by: June 23, 2021
  • Version: 2
  • Policy Steward: University Secretary
  • Approved on: June 23, 2016
  • Supporting Processes: Governance Processes
  • Effective date: July 21, 2016
  • Policy Approver: Council
  • Status: Published

1. Objective

The objective of this policy is to guide the recognition of outstanding contributions, distinguished service, and exceptional generosity and support to the University by individuals or communities engaged with the University.

2. Scope

This policy applies to Council-approved honours and awards. University awards not included in this policy are overseen by management.

3. Authority

This policy is made under the University of Melbourne Act 2009 (Vic) and the Council Regulation

4. Policy

4.1. Council has the authority to approve the award of:

(a)    Fellow of the University of Melbourne recognising exceptional contributions or service to the University and/or to a community engaged with the University;

(b)    Wilson Medal recognising outstanding contributions or service to the University from the community, or from staff in the event that a staff member makes a significant philanthropic contribution;

(c)    Gold Medal recognising exceptional service to the University by members of staff and those serving in an honorary capacity, on or after retirement;

(d)    Silver Medal recognising exceptional service in a particular capacity or field of activity by members of staff and those serving in an honorary capacity, on or after retirement;

(e)    Bronze Medal recognising 25 years of service by members of staff;

(f)     Sir William Upjohn Medal recognising distinguished services to medicine in Australia;

(g)    Honorary Doctor of Laws recognising an individual of probity, distinguished by eminent public service, outstanding cultural achievement or other significant activities;

(h)    Honorary Doctor (discipline-based) recognising an individual of probity, distinguished by eminence in a specific discipline;

(i)     Woodward Medal in the Humanities and Social Sciences recognising a member of staff for research considered to have made the most significant contribution to knowledge in a field of humanities and social sciences; and

(j)     Woodward Medal in Science and Technology recognising a member of staff for research considered to have made the most significant contribution to knowledge in a field of science and technology.

5. Procedural Principles

5.1. Council considers nominations for University honours and recognition and, if satisfied the nomination meets the relevant criteria for the award, Council may grant or confer the award.

5.2. The University Secretary must publish processes for nominating, considering and awarding University honours and recognition.

5.3. Records created by this policy must be managed in accordance with the University’s Records Management Policy.

6. Roles and Responsibilities

Role/Decision/Action

Responsibility

Conditions and limitations

Award University honours and recognition

Council

In accordance with this policy and supporting processes 

Publish supporting processes

University Secretary

 

POLICY APPROVER

Council

POLICY STEWARD

University Secretary

REVIEW

This policy is to be reviewed by 23 June 2021.

VERSION HISTORY

Version Approved By Approval Date Effective Date Sections Modified
1 Council 9 Sep 2013 9 Sep 2013 N/A
2 Governance and Nominations Committee authorised by Council 23 June 2016  21 July 2016  New version arising from the Policy Consolidation Project consolidating the University Honours & Recognition Policy (MPF1235) and the University Honours & Recognition Procedure (MPF1255).
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