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Who to contact:
Rachel Knight
Room 1KW.3.01
Governance, Legal and Policy Division
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
Tel: +44 (020) 7955 6811  


Search for Honorary Degree Nominations

Search for Honorary Degree Nominations

What is an Honorary Doctorate?

The award of an Honorary Doctorate is one of the most prestigious awards that the School can bestow.

The LSE Council may confer an Honorary Doctorate on an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and distinction in a field or activity consonant with the work of the School and with its mission to improve society and understand the “causes of things". 

Who are the recipients of Honorary Doctorates?

The School currently has 29 Honorary Graduates.

Honorary Graduates do not need to have a direct link with LSE, but please note:

• Alumni of the School as defined by LSE Advancement may be considered, if they meet the above criteria.

• The grounds for nomination must be appropriate for recognition under one of the School’s available categories of honorary doctorate:

- Doctor of Law (LLD) 
- Doctor of Science (Economics) (DSc(Econ)) 
- Doctor of Literature (DLit) 
- Doctor of Science (Social Sciences) (DSc(SocSc))

• A person who already holds a substantive LSE Doctorate cannot be considered for the same degree honoris causa (so for example the holder of a DSc from LSE will not be eligible for an honorary DSc).

An honorary degree shall not normally be conferred:

a) on current employees of the School, or past employees who have spent a significant part of their careers at the School, save in exceptional circumstances

b) on a serving member of the Court of Governors

c) on a person who is already a fellow or Honorary fellow of the School or the University of London

d) on a person on whom an honorary degree has already been conferred by the School or the University of London

e) on a person who is currently active as a politician and whose political activity would be his/her principal claim to outstanding achievement and distinction.


Who can nominate Honorary Doctorates?

Any member of the School can make a nomination. For these purposes, the definition of Member of the School is:

• Lay Governors and Emeritus Governors
• Current students
• Current members of staff
• Honorary Fellows
• Alumni as defined by LSE Advancement

All nominations are considered in confidence and those nominated should not be made aware by their nominator that they have been put forward for an award. 

How and when to Nominate

There are opportunities to nominate each term. The termly call for nominations is publicised via Staff News, Student News, and a Circular to Governors.

Who makes decisions on Honorary Doctorates?

Nominations are usually considered by the Nominations Committee in the Lent Term. The membership of the Nominations Committee includes academic, student and lay governor members. The Committee’s recommendations are laid before the Academic Board for concurrence, and a final decision is taken by the LSE Council. Successful candidates are normally invited to receive their awards at the December ceremonies. A maximum of four Honorary Doctorates may be awarded annually.

Nominations remain current for three years; if a nominee is not elected to an Honorary Doctorate within that time, you may assume the nomination has lapsed.

The members of the Nominations Committee 2016-17 are:

Dame Shirley Pearce (Chair of Court and Council) Chair of the Nominations Committee

Professor Julia Black (Interim Director)

Professor Kevin Featherstone

Professor Emily Jackson

Dr Ruth Kattumuri

Professor Terhi Rantanen

Ms Virginia Beardshaw – Lay Member of Council

Mr Neil Gaskell – Lay Governor

Mr Jeffrey Golden – Lay Governor

Ms Busayo Twins– General Secretary of the Students’ Union 


Diversity in Honorary Doctorates

The School seeks to encourage a balanced list of nominees, which takes account of the international dimension that characterises the School.

Nominations can be made by completing the nomination form and returning it to Ms Joan Poole, Governance Legal & Policy Division, 1 KW 3.01, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE (j.a.poole@lse.ac.uk) by Monday 3 April 2017.

Please provide all of the information requested and any additional particulars that will assist the Nominations Committee in their decision. If making more than one nomination please indicate any preference. Not more than two suggestions are permitted from the same person in any one year. If two suggestions are made, one should be the 'lead' suggestion and the other a 'supporting' one.

Need advice about a Nomination?

If you would like to discuss a possible nomination informally before submitting it, you may approach any member of the Nominations Committee or a member of the Governance Team. In the first instance, please contact Joan Poole, on J.A.Poole@lse.ac.uk or 020 7955 7825.