It might be time to get rid of honorary degrees, writes THE contributor

August 12, 2016

“Honorary degrees are rarely out of the news, whether for the pomp-filled glory of their award, or the acrimony surrounding their revocation,” writes Malcolm Gillies for Times Higher Education. Yet the author questions whether these honours and titles are in sync with our 21st-Century culture of quality assurance and regulation. Gillies acknowledges the nearly universal appeal of honours and awards before delving into a brief description of where honorary degrees originated. Ultimately, he highlights a number of pitfalls in the “self-aggrandising, honorary fun” of these degrees and argues that schools should consider doing away with them. Times Higher Education