RMIT University's Professor Paul Gough has been recognised with an honorary doctorate from the University of the West of England.
The accolade recognises his outstanding contribution to the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education at UWE.
Professor Gough, who arrived in Melbourne this year to lead RMIT's College of Design and Social Context, joined UWE Bristol in 1986 and held a number of leadership roles including Pro-Vice Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).
A painter, broadcaster, writer and academic, he is an exceptional figure in the global arts scene, having exhibited widely in the UK and abroad.
After graduating from the University of Wolverhampton, Professor Gough studied for a Master in Painting, and a Doctorate in First World War art at the Royal College of Art London.
His research specialties include the iconography of commemoration, the cultural geographies of battlefields, and the portrayal of peace and conflict in the 20th and 21st centuries
Professor Gough said he was delighted that the doctorate paid national and international recognition to the arts, design, and creative industries.
"It was an extraordinary honour to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor," Professor Gough said.
"I dedicate this degree to all the students and staff I've ever worked with and to how much I've learned from them."
Professor Gough is curator for the current Bristol exhibition Shock and Awe, part of the Back from the Front - Art, Memory and the Aftermath of War program that commemorates the start of The Great War and 75th anniversary of the start of the Second World War.
He is also represented in several permanent art collections internationally - including the Imperial War Museum, London, the Canadian War Museum, and the National War Memorial, New Zealand.
Professor Gough was appointed Pro-Vice Chancellor Design and Social Context and Vice-President at RMIT earlier this year.