Honorary Degrees and Fellowships


Is there someone you think should receive an Honorary Fellowship or Degree from Goldsmiths?

Each year Goldsmiths honours exceptional achievement by conferring honorary awards at our Graduation Ceremonies.

Honorary Fellowship recipients might be alumni who have achieved distinction in their chosen calling, former staff who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to furthering the work of Goldsmiths, or an inspirational individual who has the potential to act as a champion or supporter for the university.

The award of an Honorary Degree typically marks an extraordinary lifetime achievement in a particular field, and work that commands national or international recognition.

Previous honorary graduates include Ali Smith, the award-winning writer; Thomas Heatherwick CBE, the youngest practitioner to be appointed a Royal Designer for Industry; internationally renowned anthropologist Dame Jane Goodall; and Goldsmiths alumni Rob and Josie da Bank, who met in the Goldsmiths Students’ Union and went on to found Bestival.

Goldsmiths staff, students, alumni and members of Council can nominate people to receive an honorary award using the online form below.

Honorary Degrees and Fellowships nomination form
Your details:
Full Name:
You are?
Department: (if applicable)
Today's Date: (DD-MM-YY)
Person You are Nominating:
Nominee's title:
Nominee's full name:
Suffixes eg CBE, OBE:
Link to a photo of the nominee:
Please provide as many links as possible for your nominee.
For example: links to your nominee's LinkedIn, Twitter, Wikipedia, personal website and/or Who's Who entry.

A full academic CV is strongly advised when nominating an academic for an Honorary Doctorate.

Please paste or type the CV in the space below.


In your opinion, which criteria does your nominee best meet?  Please check the relevant boxes.  The Committee will recommend to Council the most appropriate honour.

Criteria for Honorary Fellowships

Candidates nominated for a Goldsmiths Honorary Fellowship should fulfill at least one of the following criteria. Preference may be given to those with an established Goldsmiths link, and to those who can demonstrate that they are willing to make an appropriate personal commitment to the University upon receipt of an Honorary Fellowship.  Candidates should not usually be a serving politician.

  1. Alumni who have achieved distinction in their chosen calling.
  2. An individual of academic or professional prominence in disciplines which are represented in Goldsmiths.
  3. An individual who was born, or who lives in South East London, who has either achieved distinction in their own right, or who has played an important public role in the community whether voluntary or professional.
  4. An individual who has made a significant contribution to furthering the work or interests of the University.
  5. An individual who, as a benefactor, has made a significant donation to Goldsmiths.
  6. A former member of staff who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment in furthering the work or interests of the University.
  7. An individual who has the potential to act as a 'champion' or supporter for Goldsmiths, now or in the future.

Criteria for Honorary Degrees - University of London

Honorary Degrees of the University of London are conferred in accordance with regulations and criteria which include the following:

Candidates must be persons of conspicuous merit who are outstanding in their field and command international, or at least national recognition.


  • Candidates should not usually be 'serving politicians', including Ministers of the Crown, Members of Parliament or front-bench members of the House of Lords.
  • An honorary degree will not be conferred upon a person who has already been awarded an honorary degree of the University of London, or who has declined to accept a University of London award.
  • Candidates should not be currently employed by the University.
  • A candidate's main contribution should not lie chiefly in service to the University.
  • Goldsmiths University is able to award Honorary Degrees itself where this award is deemed more suitable by the Committee.



The reason for your nomination:
In the space below, please give your reasons for nominating this individual.  Please indicate any contact you have with the individual, for example whether you have a professional or personal relationship, giving full details, to help the Committee with its discussion and recommendations to Council.  It would be helpful if your reasons could include how your nominee does, or could in the future, further the aims of the University.

I would like to nominate this candidate because ... (minimum 250 words)

Please paste or type in your text in the space below.

Data protection
It is not the University's policy to circulate nomination forms widely. This form will be copied to members of the Honorary Degrees and Fellowships Committee who meet twice yearly.  However, the University may receive a request from a third party or from the person nominated asking for your name and/or other details of the proposal. You have a right to indicate that you do not wish this information to be disclosed: if you wish to do this please tick the box below.

Nominations which do not provide sufficient detail will be returned to the Nominator for additional information. You will be kept up to date with the progress of your nomination by the Secretary to the Honorary Degrees and Fellowships Committee.

 Please do not disclose your nomination to the nominee or others until the nomination has been approved by Council and accepted by the nominee.