Honorary Awards

UQ's Honorary Awards recognise exceptional achievements or contributions by outstanding individuals who – through their careers or personal endeavours – have made a unique and lasting contribution to the University, Queensland or Australia. 

Meet UQ's 2021 Honorary Award recipients and read about past recipients here.

Award types

The types of awards and criteria are:

Honorary Doctorate in any discipline in which a doctorate is offered by the University

  • Exceptional service to a professional or academic discipline or field of endeavour; and
  • Exceptional contribution to the enrichment of our communities within the State, Commonwealth of Australia, or internationally (whether or not directly associated with The University of Queensland).

Honorary Doctorate of the University

  • Exceptional service or contributions which align with the mission, values and aspirations of the University; and
  • Exceptional contribution to the enrichment of our communities within the State, Commonwealth of Australia, or internationally (whether or not directly associated with The University of Queensland).

UQ R.H. Roe Award

  • Outstanding service or contribution to the University, beyond the normal requirements of a position or affiliation with the University; and
  • Outstanding contribution to meaningfully enhancing the University’s reputation, mission and objectives, usually over a sustained period of time.

Nomination process

Nominations are open year round. Information on how to nominate will be published here soon. 

Nominations can be made by:

  • Senate members
  • UQ alumni
  • Staff (academic and professional)
  • Students (with the endorsement of a member of one of the above categories)

Self-nominations will not be accepted.

We recommend including a maximum of 3 pieces of supporting information with each nomination, such as a:

  • professional resume
  • biography
  • evidence of other awards
  • evidence of media coverage.

For more information, please refer to the UQ Honorary Awards policy and procedure, or contact honorary-awards@uq.edu.au

The nomination process for Honorary Awards is strictly confidential. Nominees must not be consulted about or advised of their nomination.