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Nomination of Candidates for Honorary Degrees of the University of Dublin

Advice to Nominators

  1. Nominations are sought for individuals of integrity, judgment and exceptional achievement whose acceptance of an honorary degree would add lustre to this university. Conferring of an honorary degree acknowledges an outstanding contribution to scholarship, society, culture and /or civil society. Nominators should explain why the candidate may be considered the best in their particular category.

  2. The maximum number of honorary degrees that the university can confer in any one year is very restricted (8-10).

  3. The Advisory Committee on Honorary Degrees, chaired by the Chancellor of the University considers all proposals. The Advisory Committee attaches great importance to achieving a balance in the composition of candidates (between disciplines, gender, age, nationality and geographic region).  As a consequence, successful candidates in the current round may not necessarily be invited to take their degrees for several years.

  4. Submissions should not exceed two pages of typescript and should provide a brief summary of the career and achievements of the candidate.  A comprehensive CV is not required at this stage.  It is important to explain why candidates are pre-eminent in their field and why they in particular should be selected at this time. It is also helpful to state if there are reasons why the award of an honorary degree from the University of Dublin would be particularly appropriate.

  5. Every effort should be made to ensure that contact details for the nominee are up-to-date. However, nominees should NOT be informed that they are being proposed.

  6. Nominators should check the accuracy of information supplied as it may be used for the orations and for publicity material. Successful nominators may be asked to supply more detailed information prior to their candidate being approved by Board.

  7. Nominators should be aware that the College is a designated body under the Freedom of Information Act 2014.

  8. If you wish to submit a nomination for an honorary degree, please complete the Nomination Form (WORD 39KB) and send by email to or by post to the Registrar’s Office, West Theatre, Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Dublin 2.


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