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Honorary Awards

Each year the University recognises the contribution made by individuals of distinction through the conferment of an honorary award which both honours the individual and at the same time raises the profile of the University. Details of previous honorands are available from the Honorary Graduates page.

Honorary Awards will be granted to individuals of national or international distinction who:

  • have made, or continue to make, a major contribution to the academic work, the development or the reputation of the University, or
  • have earned distinction for their activities in fields related to the academic disciplines of the University, research or public or charitable service, or
  • have made a significant contribution to the North West region, or
  • through their achievements, or through overcoming disadvantages, present a worthy role model to Manchester Met students and staff.

This is an important opportunity to create an association with well-known individuals with a high public profile in relevant fields and to raise the profile of key areas of the University's teaching, research and enterprise.

Honorands will receive their awards at student award ceremonies and will be requested to make a response, which would be a central feature of the ceremony concerned. In addition, the presence of high profile Honorands at degree ceremonies adds to students' and their families' enjoyment of the day.

Any member of staff of the University, any student of the University or any member of its Board of Governors may nominate another person for an honorary Degree, but nominations in respect of a current member of staff or the student body shall not be considered. Members of the public may also submit nominations which may be considered at the discretion of the Vice-Chancellor.

A call for nominations will be issued in the autumn term and will be considered by the Academic Board's Honorary Awards Committee.



2020 Honorary Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Honorary Awards. Please use the Online Nomination Form and submit by 18 October 2019.

Additional supporting information can be sent via email to Kate Brown by 18 October 2019.

Alternatively you can download a Paper Nomination Form and submit to Kate Brown, Governance & Secretariat Team, Room L302, All Saints Building or via email to by 18 October 2019.


Further details of the procedure and full criteria are available from the links below:

Regulations for the Academic Awards of the University: Section 8 Honorary Awards

Procedure for Conferment of Honorary Awards