The former Chancellor of our University, Professor Trevor Waring AM, will be on the receiving end of an honour tomorrow.During the Faculty of Science and Information Technology graduation ceremony, the former student and psychology academic will be awarded an honorary degree in recognition of his services to the University community.

Professor Waring began his working life at BHP’s Newcastle steel mill before enrolling at the University in 1966 to study psychology as a mature aged student.

While building his career Professor Waring maintained strong links with the University of Newcastle. In 1984, he was elected to University Council; in 1995 he became Conjoint Professor of psychology; in 1997 he was named Deputy Chancellor; and on 1 May 2004 he became Chancellor – the first graduate of the University and the first Newcastle resident to do so. He held the position until May this year.

Also in 2004, Professor Waring was appointed a member of the Order of Australia for his work in mental health and psychology. He retired from practising psychology in June last year after 40 years in the profession.

Read more about Professor Waring’s contribution to the University and mental health sector.