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Nominations Committee

Terms of reference

Terms of reference

  1. To recommend to Court and Council the names of persons who might be invited to fill Council-appointed vacancies on the Court and vacancies to be filled by co-option to the Court and Council.
  2. To recommend to Council each year the names of persons who might be invited to fill Council-appointed vacancies on University committees.
  3. To consider other issues relating to the membership of committees of Council and to make recommendations to Council on such issues.
  4. To submit nominations for approval by the Council for the award of Honorary Degrees and additional non-academic honorary awards by the University.
  5. To consider any other matters referred to the Committee by Council.
  6. To report to the Council.
  7. To consider all nominations in accordance with the University's equality and diversity policies.


Constituency and membership of Nominations Committee

    • The Chair of Council
      • Sir Christopher O'Donnell (Co-Chair)
    • The Vice-Chancellor
      • Professor Koen Lamberts (Co-Chair)
    • Five lay members appointed by Council and usually members of Court or Council
      • Ms Noirin Carmody (until 31 July 2019)
      • Mr Mike Galloway (until 31 July 2018)
      • Baroness Angela Harris (until 31 July 2018)
      • Ms Charlotte Milligan (until 31 July 2017)
      • Mr Keith Hyman (until 31 July 2017)
    • Four members of the academic staff appointed by Senate
      • Professor Ana Calvancanti, Computer Science (until 31 July 2019)
      • Professor Bob Doherty, York Management School (until 31 July 2019)
      • Ms Sarah Brown, History of Art (until 31 July 2018)
      • Professor Jo Wainwright, Music (until 31 July 2017)
    • In attendance
      • The Registrar and Secretary, Jo Horsburgh
      • The Director of External Relations, Ms Joan Concannon
      • The University Governance Officer, Dr Philip Evans

Meeting dates

Nominations Committee meeting dates 2016/2017

  • Friday 14 October 2016, 11.00am
  • Friday 17 February 2017, 11.00am
  • Friday 28 April 2017, 11.00am
  • Friday 30 June 2017, 11.00am


The criteria, deadline and process for submitting honorary degree nominations are available via the External Relations webpage

Nominations Committee
reports to Council


  • Chair of Council, Sir Christopher O'Donnell (for appointments business) and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Koen Lamberts (for honorary degrees business)

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