Academic Quality Committee

Terms of reference
Composition and membership
Meeting dates and deadlines
Agendas, papers and minutes
Contact

Terms of reference

Purpose

The Academic Quality Committee assists the Academic Board in ensuring the maintenance of the highest standards and quality in teaching, scholarship and research at the University of Sydney and, in this context, advises the Academic Board on receipt of reports on the quality of, and current standards in teaching, scholarship and research, in accordance with the University of Sydney (Academic Board) Rule 2017 and the University of Sydney (Delegations of Authority – Academic Functions) Rule 2016.

Terms of reference

  1. To play an active role in assuring the quality of teaching, scholarship and research in the University and co-ordinate and maintain an overview of the academic activities of all academic units.
  2. To monitor issues relating to quality in relation to undergraduate and postgraduate award courses, and to make recommendations to the Academic Board.
  3. To monitor issues relating to quality in relation to research, and to make recommendations to the Academic Board.
  4. To monitor issues relating to quality in relation to research training, including the assessment and examination of Higher Degree by Research candidates, and to make recommendations to the Academic Board.
  5. To provide academic oversight in relation to domains 2.2, 5.2.2, 5.2.4, 5.3.1, 5.3.2, 5.3.3, 5.3.4, 5.3.5, 5.3.7, 5.4.2, 6.1.4, 6.3.1 (b) – (d), 6.3.2 (a), (c) – (h) inclusive of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015.
  6. In pursuit of the above objectives, to:
    6.1. request reports from, or refer matters to Faculties, University Schools, schools, departments, University Executive portfolios, etc., for consideration and action as required;
    6.2. consider and take action as required on reports or academic submissions from academic units
    6.3. initiate and oversee, in collaboration with the University Executive, a formal and regular program of review of academic activities of all academic units.
  7. To ensure undergraduate and postgraduate coursework education are compliant with appropriate rules, policies and procedures.
  8. To ensure that research training is compliant with appropriate rules, policies and procedures.
  9. To receive reports and recommendations from the Higher Degree by Research Examinations Sub-Committee for comment and transmission to the Academic Board.
  10. To receive reports from, and provide advice to, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), The Registrar and, where appropriate, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) on quality assurance and other matters relating to coursework study.
  11. To receive reports from, and provide advice to, appropriate portfolios on quality assurance and other matters relating to higher degree by research training in domain 4.1 of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015.
  12. To obtain information or reports from any faculty, school or department, the Library or other academic unit on academic matters relating to coursework or research training studies.
  13. To provide regular reports on its activities under its terms of reference to the Academic Board.
  14. To consider and report on any matter referred to it by the Academic Board, or its committees, the University Executive or the Vice-Chancellor.

The Committee's full terms of reference can be downloaded as a PDF.


Composition and membership

Position

 

Member

the Chair of the Committee

  Associate Professor Wendy Davis

the Chair of the Academic Board, or nominee 

  Associate Professor Tony Masters

the Chair of the HDR Examinations Sub-Committee, if not already a member

  Associate Professor Kathleen Nelson 

the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar), or nominee 

  Professor Pip Pattison

the President of the Students’ Representative Council, or nominee 

  Imogen Grant

the President of the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association, or nominee

  Rebecca Johnson (nominee)

The Academic Board shall appoint one member from each Faculty and University school and at least one undergraduate and one postgraduate student member nominated by members of the Board

Faculty/University school

Representative

 

Architecture, Design and Planning

Dr Tooran Alizadeh

 

Arts and Social Sciences

Associate Professor Alyson Simpson

 

Business

Profesor Rae Cooper

 

Conservatorium

Associate Professor Kathleen Nelson

 

Dentistry

Ayman Ellakwa 

 

Engineering and IT

Associate Professor Javid Atai 

 

Health Sciences

Dr Mark Halaki

 

Law

Professor Matthew Conaglen 

 

Medicine 

Professor Mark Gorrell 

 

Nursing

Jane Currie 

 

Pharmacy

Dr Betty Chaar

 

Science

Vacant 

 

Student members:

Jeffrey Khoo (UG)

 

 

Donald Tochukwu Azuatalam (PG HDR)

The Academic Board shall appoint as its representatives three elected staff members of the Academic Board on the recommendation of the Chair of the Academic Board

 

Dr Christopher Hartney

 

 

Dr Slade Matthews

 

 

Dr Carl Schneider

The Committee may appoint one member, on the nomination of the Chair of the Committee, to act as Deputy Chair

  Vacant

Co-opted members (until 31 December 2019)

Director, Instutional Analytics & Planning  Kubra Chambers

 

Univerity Quality Manager Rachael Weiss

Meeting dates and deadlines

2019 Meetings

The committee will meet from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on the following dates:

 Agenda Deadline

Agenda Papers Distributed

Meeting Date

22 January

29 January

5 February

26 February

5 March

12 March

16 April

23 April

30 April

4 June

11 June

18 June

23 July

30 July

6 August

24 September

1 October

8 October

2018 Meetings

The committee will meet from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on the following dates:

 Agenda Deadline

Agenda Papers Distributed

Meeting Date

Tuesday 6 February

Tuesday 13 February

Tuesday 20 February

Tuesday 13 March

Tuesday 20 March

Tuesday 27 March

Tuesday 24 April

Tuesday 1 May

Tuesday 8 May

Tuesday 26 June

Tuesday 3 July

Tuesday 10 July

Tuesday 21 August

Tuesday 28 August

Tuesday 4 September

Tuesday 16 October

Tuesday 23 October

Tuesday 30 October

Agendas, papers and minutes

Committee agenda, papers and minutes for the current year are available below. Inquiries and requests for historical information can be directed to the Executive Officer to Academic Board.

2018 Agendas, papers and minutes

Meeting date

Agenda and Papers

Minutes

20 February

Agenda and Papers

 Minutes

27 March

 Agenda and Papers

Minutes

8 May

 Agenda and Papers

Minutes

10 July

 Agenda and Papers

Minutes

4 September

Agenda and Papers

Minutes

30 October

Agenda and Papers

Minutes

Contact

Committee Officer, Secretariat
Dr Glenys Eddy
T +61 2 9351 8556
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