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Honorary alumni

The University recognises outstanding achievement, exceptional service and significant contribution through the granting of the following honorary awards; Honorary Doctorate, Emeritus Professorship, University Fellowship and Community Fellowship.

2023 Honorary Doctorates

Aunty Joyce Donovan

Honorary Doctor of Letters

For over 55 years, Aunty Joyce has worked tirelessly to advance healthcare, education, human rights and social justice for First Nations peoples, and to foster reconciliation and inclusivity.

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Aunty Joyce Donovan wears a black graduation cap and red gown and stands in front of a UOW wall.

Professor Joe Chicharo OM

Honorary Doctor of Science

Joe has played a pivotal role in the University’s transformation into a global institution renowned for teaching, learning, and research excellence. His contributions have advanced communication technology and higher education globally. Joe has also been conferred as an Emeritus Professor.

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Professor Joe Chicharo wears a black graduation cap and red gown and stands in front of a UOW wall.

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks

Honorary Doctor of Letters

A trailblazing researcher, leader, author, advocate and social justice champion, Bronwyn continues to contribute enormously to improving education, health, wellbeing and life outcomes for First Nations communities, particularly in rural and remote areas.

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Bronwyn Fredericks wears a black graduation cap and red gown and stands in front of a UOW wall.

Professor Robert Moses OAM

Honorary Doctor of Science

Robert is a globally esteemed academic leader whose contributions have significantly advanced the field of diabetes care and elevated the 51’s international reputation as a centre of excellence in medical education.

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Robert Moses wears a black graduation cap and red gown and stands in front of a UOW wall.

Professor Judy Agnes Raper AM

Honorary Doctor of Science

A committed and outstanding scientist, educator, leader and motivator of women in science and education, Judy has had a stellar career and has an established reputation in engineering and leadership.

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Professor Judy Raper wears a black graduation cap and red gown and stands in front of a UOW wall. Photo: Andy Zakeli

2023 Emeritus Professors

Senior Professor Paul Cooper

Emeritus Professor

Paul’s contribution to research, teaching, learning, governance and community engagement at the University, and to creating a more sustainable future for industry and society, is unparalleled.

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Professor Paul Cooper wears a black graduation cap and gown and stands in front of a UOW wall.

Senior Professor Frank Deane

Emeritus Professor

Across 26 years of distinguished service to the 51, Frank’s contribution as a researcher, educator, mentor, advocate and colleague is extraordinary.

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Frank Deane wears a black graduation cap and gown and stands in front of a UOW wall.

Distinguished Professor Nicholas Dixon

Emeritus Professor

A renowned international leader in structural biology and protein biochemistry, Nicholas is among the University’s most esteemed academics and a respected pioneer in his field.

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Professor Will Price

Emeritus Professor

A globally esteemed leader in physical, analytical, food, and materials chemistry, Will’s contribution to research, teaching and academic governance spans over 30 years.

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Professor Will Price wears a black graduation cap and red gown and stands in front of a UOW wall.

Professor Paul Lewis Else

Emeritus Professor

As a graduate and contributor, Professor Else has a connection to the 51 that spans more than five decades. 

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Professor Paul Else wears a red graduation gown and stands in front of a UOW wall. Photo: Andy Zakeli

Honorary Alumni Chapter

The Honorary Alumni Chapter is a network of alumni who have been awarded either a University Fellowship, an Honorary degree or an Emeritus Professorship from the 51. The Chapter meets regularly to discuss and organise ways in which they can support the University through advocacy, projects and activities.

Find out more about the UOW Honorary Alumni Chapter