Honours and Appointments Committee terms of reference

Terms of reference

The terms of reference of the Honours and Appointments Committee are to:

  1. Consider nominations and make recommendations to Council on the award of honorary doctorates.
  2. Upon invitation, consider the award of, or support for, other awards the University wishes to make or support and to give advice to Council accordingly.
  3. Consider nominations and expressions of interest and make recommendations to Council on the appointment of members to Council.
  4. Consider nominations and expressions of interest and make recommendations to Council on appointments to Council Committees and to external bodies on which the University is represented.

Scope of activities - awards

The Committee is charged with making recommendations to Council in the areas above and may be consulted on other honours and awards, including Emeritus Professor titles, Canterbury Distinguished Professor awards, and award of the Teaching, Research and Innovation Medals.

Scope of activities - appointments

Appointments to Council by Council

The Constitution of the University Council provides for three members appointed by the Council, two of whom must be graduates of the University. Appointments will be recommended to Council by the Honours and Appointments Committee having regard to the mix of skills on Council.

Expressions of interest may be made at any time and will be sought ahead of any vacancy. The Registrar will maintain a Register of Candidates for Council and that Register will form the basis of deliberations by the Committee.

Appointments to Council following an election

The Constitution of the University Council provides for three elected positions; academic staff member, general staff member and student member. In each case the member is appointed by Council following an election held according to the appropriate Council electoral statute. Recommendation of appointment is direct to Council by the Registrar.

Appointments by the Minister

The Honours and Appointments Committee will provide an analysis of the skill set of Council members to the Minister’s Office and make recommendations for consideration.

Appointment of Ngāi Tahu representative

One member is appointed by Council following consultation with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. An analsyis of the skill set of Council members and the position description and person specification will be supplied to TRONT, which follows its own procedures to identify a representative.

Appointments to Council Committees and external bodies

Vacancies on Council Committees will be advised to Council ahead of time and expressions of interest sought. Recommendations to Council for Committee appointments will be made in consultation with the Chair of the relevant Committee.

Representation on external bodies will be by way of recommendation of the Committee to the University Council.