Board of Interdisciplinary Studies

As per the University of Sydney (Governance of Faculties and University Schools) Rule 2016, Part 7, the Board of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) manages the Bachelor of Advanced Studies, the curriculum of the new Open Learning Environment and the majors, minors and units of study offered in the shared pool (Table S). The BIS also exercises academic oversight of interdisciplinary non-award courses. GOFUS Rules for BIS (Part 7, pages 36-40) (PDF 283KB)

Composition and membership
Meeting dates and submission deadlines
Agendas, papers and minutes
Committee contact


The Board’s responsibilities include:

  1. cross-faculty supervision of the award of the cross-faculty qualifications listed in the related Senate resolutions
  2. academic oversight of the Bachelor of Advanced Studies
  3. academic oversight of the Open Learning Environment
  4. academic oversight of the shared pool (Table S)
    - approve changes to or removal of approved Table S majors, minors and electives
    - approve proposals for new Table S majors, minors and electives
  5. oversight, via a report to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), on non-award courses.

BIS sub-committee sites can be found at:

Composition and membership



 Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and Chair

 Professor Stephen Garton

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), and Deputy Chair

Professor Philippa Pattison

Chair, Academic Board

Associate Professor Tony Masters

Senior Lecturer FASS

Dr Melissa Hardie

Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies

Professor David Lowe

Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Health Sciences

Associate Professor Corinne Caillaud

Associate Dean (Undergraduate), Sydney Business School

Professor Rae Cooper

Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Science

Professor Pauline Ross

Academic Director, Charles Perkins Centre

Professor Stephen Simpson

Director and Future Fellow, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

Professor Michele Ford

Director, China Studies Centre

Professor  Luigi Tomba

Director, Centre for Continuing Education and Sydney Learning

Kylie Mayes

Co-President, SUPRA

Mariam Mohammed or Kiriti Mortha

President, SRC

Imogen Grant

2019 Meeting Dates and Submission Timelines

Agenda submissions deadline Meeting Date
6 February 20 February
27 March 10 April
15 May 29 May
3 July 17 July
12 September 26 September
27 November 11 December

2018 Meeting Dates and Submission Timelines

Agenda item and papers deadline

Meeting Date

25 January 

5 February (reserve meeting) 

21 March 

4 April

10 April

24 April

6 June

20 June

7 August

21 August

27 September

11 October

30 October

13 November

22 November

6 December (reserve meeting)

Agendas, papers and minutes

Committee agenda, papers and minutes are confidential. Please contact the Committee Officer for information regarding the committee and its activities.




BIS Approval coversheet Dalyell units in Table S



BIS approval coversheet OLE units in Table O



Committee contact

Committee Officer
Dr Glenys Eddy
T +61 2 9351 8556