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Honorary degree holders and donations

Disclosure date: 13 November 2013

Reference: FOI2013/112

Request

1.)  A list of those people who you have given an honorary degree to in the past five years, who have also made a donation to your institution (at any point)

2.)  The amount each person donated

3.)  The total number of honorary degrees awarded by your institution in the past five years

4.)  Could you also let me know whether previous donations can be considered as a factor when your institution awards honorary degrees

Response

1.)  Noone who has received an honorary degree in the past 5 years has also made a donation to SOAS.  

2.)  Not applicable.

3.)  Eleven between 2009 and 2013: these were all University of London Honorary Degrees awarded by SOAS.

4.)  No, previous donations cannot be considered as a factor. The criteria for the award of University of London Honorary Degrees by SOAS was as follows:

Degrees may be conferred honoris causa on a person of conspicuous merit, who is outstanding in their field, commands international, or at least national recognition, or who has given exceptional service to the University.
                      
An honorary degree shall not normally be conferred on a serving politician, a serving Chairman of the Governing Body of a College, or a person currently employed by the University or a College.

An honorary degree shall not be conferred on a person whose contribution or achievements lie chiefly in service to the College, and shall not normally be conferred on someone who is already a fellow or honorary fellow of the College. This award will not normally be conferred on a person on whom an honorary degree has already been conferred by the University or a College, or who has previously declined to accept a University of London award from the University or a College.