Professores Emeriti, Honorary Doctorates and Canterbury Distinguished Professors

The UC Council conferrs honorary awards and honours to individuals who have made outstanding and long term contributions to their fields.

Professores Emeriti

The honorary title Professor Emeritus/Emerita is awarded to retiring long-serving professors. The UC Council conferred the first Emeritus Professor award in 1962. The benefits to which Professores Emeriti are entitled can be found in the Guideline: Benefits for a Professor Emeritus/Emerita


 Guideline: Benefits for a Professor Emeritus/Emerita (PDF, 325KB, 4 pages)

Honorary Graduates

The Council recognises individuals who make notable contributions to society by awarding them honorary degrees and conferred the first degree in 1962.

Canterbury Distinguished Professors

The Canterbury Distinguished Professor title is the highest title that can be awarded by the Council and is reserved for professors who clearly demonstrate world-class academic leadership and achievements of the highest international standing over a decade or more. Its recipients are of the level of Nobel Prize winners or equivalent.

UC academic staff are not awarded the Canterbury Distinguished Professor title, they may be granted the Distinguished Professor rank.

The following have been named Canterbury Distinguished Professors: