Graduate Studies Committee

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

Terms of reference

Purpose

The Graduate Studies Committee assists the Academic Board in ensuring the maintenance of the highest standards and quality in teaching, learning, research training and scholarship at the University of Sydney. It advises the Academic Board about resolutions, policy and procedures relating to postgraduate study at the University. It determines postgraduate matters, including the approval of new and amended courses, in accordance with the University of Sydney (Delegations of Authority – Academic Functions) Rule 2016.

Terms of reference

  1. To advise the Academic Board on resolutions, policy and procedures relating to postgraduate studies in the University.
  2. To make recommendations to the Academic Board regarding:
    2.1. proposals to introduce new postgraduate award courses and amendments to existing postgraduate award courses; and
    2.2. requirements to be satisfied by candidates for the award of a degree, diploma or certificate.
  3. To provide academic oversight in relation to domains 1.4.1; 1.4.2; 1.4.5, 1.4.6, 1.4.7, 1.5.2; 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.3; 3.1.4; 3.1.5; 4.2.1(a) – (e) inclusive, 5.1.2; 5.1.3, 5.4.2 and 6.3.2(c) of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015.
  4. To ensure graduate education is compliant with appropriate rules, policies and procedures.
  5. To act for the Academic Board in:
    5.1. admitting candidates, on the advice of the Faculty, University School or Board of Studies concerned, for higher doctorates; and
    5.2. determining, on the recommendation of the Faculty, University School or Board of Studies concerned, whether or not a higher doctorate be awarded.
  6. To contribute to the development of the University’s strategic objectives in relation to postgraduate study and research training, and to develop, recommend to the Academic Board, and regularly review resolutions, policy and procedures supporting those strategic objectives.
  7. To receive reports from, and provide advice to, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), and, where appropriate the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), the Registrar and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) on matters relating to postgraduate study and research training at the University.
  8. To recommend to the Academic Board effective policy and procedures for Higher Degree by Research students.
  9. To obtain information or reports from any Faculty, University School, Board of Studies, school or department, the Library or other academic unit on academic matters relating to postgraduate studies.
  10. To ensure proper communication channels are established with other committees of the Academic Board and University Executive to promote cross-referencing and discussion of matters concerning postgraduate students.
  11. To determine the terms and conditions of awards, postgraduate scholarships and prizes established within the University.
  12. To provide regular reports on its activities under its terms of reference to the Academic Board.
  13. To consider and report on any matter referred to it by the Academic Board or its committees, the University Executive or the Vice-Chancellor.

Note
The Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee has, in some circumstances, delegated authority under the University of Sydney (Delegations of Authority – Academic Functions) Rule 2016, including to vary the requirements for a particular candidate for a higher doctorate or Doctor of Philosophy in exceptional circumstances.

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 Patrick Kelly (Acting)

the Chair of the Academic Board, or nominee 

  Associate Professor Tony Masters

the Chair of Higher Degree by Research Scholarships Sub-Committee, if not already a member

  Professor Shae McCrystal

the Director, Graduate Research, or nominee

 

Professor Ross Coleman

the Deputy Registrar, or nominee 

  Edwina Grose

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

  Nicole Seebacher

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

Faculty/University school

Representative

 

Architecture, Design and Planning

Associate Professor Lee Stickells 

 

Arts and Social Sciences

Dr Hayley Fisher

 

Business

Dr Matthew Beck 

 

Conservatorium

Dr Christopher Coady

 

Dentistry

Dr Munira Xaymardan 

 

Engineering and IT

Dr Petr Matous 

 

Health Sciences

Associate Professor Steven Cumming

 

Law

Professor Cameron Stewart

 

Medicine 

Associate Professor Patrick Kelly

 

Nursing and Midwifery

Associate Professor Janice Gullick

 

Pharmacy

Professor Jo-Anne Brien 

 

Science

Vacant 

 

Student members

Sinem Guletkin (Coursework)

 

 

Sayan Mitra (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 Peter Kench

 

 

 

Associate Professor Nicole Mockler

 

 

Dr Gareth Vio

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

  Vacant

Co-opted members 

  Vacant

Meeting dates and deadlines

2018 Meetings

The committee will meet from 10:00am to 12:00pm on the following dates:

Items due by:

Agenda distributed:

Meeting Date:

Tuesday 30 January

Tuesday 6 February

Tuesday 13 February

Tuesday 27 March

Tuesday 3 April

Tuesday 10 April

Tuesday 8 May

Tuesday 15 May

Tuesday 22 May

(Final meeting for 2019 course amendments)

Tuesday 3 July

Tuesday 10 July

Tuesday 17 July

Tuesday 28 August

Tuesday 4 September

Tuesday 11 September

Tuesday 23 October

Tuesday 30 October

Tuesday 6 November

2019 Meetings

The committee will meet from 10:00am to 12:00pm on the following dates:

Items due by:

Agenda distributed:

Meeting Date:

Tuesday 22 January

Tuesday 29 January

Tuesday 5 February

Tuesday 26 February

Tuesday 5 March

Tuesday 12 March

Tuesday 16 April

Tuesday 23 April

Tuesday 30 April

(Final meeting for 2020 course amendments)

Tuesday 4 June

Tuesday 11 June

Tuesday 18 June

Tuesday 23 July

Tuesday 30 July

Tuesday 6 August

Tuesday 23 September

Tuesday 1 October

Tuesday 8 October

Agendas, papers and minutes

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

2018 Agendas, papers and minutes

Meeting date

Agenda and Papers

Minutes

13 February

 Agenda and Papers

Confirmed Minutes

10 April

 Agenda and Papers

Confirmed Minutes

22 May

Agenda and Papers

Confirmed Minutes

17 July

Agenda and Papers

Confirmed Minutes

11 September

Agenda and Papers

Unconfirmed Minutes

6 November

Agenda and Papers

Supplementary Agenda and Papers

Minutes

2017 Agendas, papers and minutes

Meeting date

Agenda and Papers

Minutes

7 February

 Agenda and Papers

Minutes

7 March

 Agenda and Papers

Minutes

11 April

 Agenda and Papers

Minutes

23 May

 Agenda and Papers

Minutes

4 July

Agenda and Papers

Minutes

1 August

Agenda and Papers

Minutes

19 September

Agenda and Papers

Minutes

7 November

Agenda and Papers

Minutes


Forms

Form Link

Committee report / proposal template

WORD

Recommendation for admission to candidature and appointment of examiners for higher degree candidates

WORD

Recommendation for award of a higher degree

WORD

Award course review template

PDF

Contact

Committee Officer
Sally Hilton
T +61 2 8627 6928
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