Academic Board

The role of Academic Board

Primary responsibilities
Terms of reference
The role of the Chair of the Academic Board
Duties of Academic Board members

Primary responsibilities

The Academic Board has the principal responsibility to encourage and maintain the highest standards in teaching, scholarship and research and to safeguard the academic freedom of the University. The Academic Board is also responsible for overseeing the development of all academic activities of the University, formulating and reviewing policies, guidelines and procedures in relation to academic matters and playing an active role in assuring the quality of teaching, scholarship and research in the University. To be confident that the policy structures properly sustain academic quality assurance and are appropriate to the University's needs, the Board monitors their implementation and effectiveness. Much of this monitoring is effected through Academic Board reviews. The review process is formative and collegial. The aim is to provide constructive feedback on the quality of a Faculty's educational provision.


Terms of reference

The rules of the Academic Board, as approved by Senate, outline the functions, constitution, meeting procedures, standing committees and election procedures for the Academic Board. These rules are defined in the University of Sydney (Academic Board) Rule 2017 (the Academic Board Rule).


The role of the Chair of the Academic Board

As set out in the Academic Board Rule, the Chair of the Academic Board is responsible for:

  • managing and supervising the functions and business of the Academic Board
  • facilitating communications between the academic community of the University, the University Executive and Senate
  • subject to delegations of authority by Senate and resolutions of the Academic Board, apportioning authority for carrying out the Academic Board’s functions to other members of the Academic Board
  • reporting to Senate on behalf of the Academic Board, as required by this Rule or any request of Senate

Further information about the role of the Chair of the Academic Board is available here.

Duties of Academic Board members

In order to assist Academic Board members to understand their role and duties, the University Secretariat has developed a Handbook. This Handbook contains information regarding the functions of the Academic Board and the activities in which members may be involved. Please note that the Handbook was last updated in 2016 and will be extensively revised for 2018 to reflect the changing composition and structure of the Academic Board arising from the current Academic Board Review.