Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Scholarships Subcommittee

Draft terms of reference
Composition and membership
Meeting dates 2018
Committee contact
Meeting papers

Draft terms of reference

This Subcommittee was re-constituted at the 28 November 2017 meeting of the Academic Board, at which draft Terms of Reference were approved. The Terms of Reference presented below are subject to discussion at the first meeting of the Subcommittee in 2018, with final approval anticipated at the 6 March 2018 meeting of the Academic Board.


The HDR Scholarships Subcommittee advises the Graduate Studies Committee about policy and procedures relating to the award of Australian Postgraduate Awards, University of Sydney Postgraduate Awards, Travelling Scholarships, Grants in Aid and other post-graduate awards, and takes decisions in accordance with the University of Sydney (Delegations Authority - Academic Functions) Rule 2016, the Student Recognition Awards Policy 2016, and resolutions of the Senate and the Academic Board relating to HDR scholarships.

Terms of reference

  1. To act for the Academic Board in awarding specific postgraduate scholarships and advise the Graduate Studies Committee on policy, procedures and selection criteria relating to the award of specific postgraduate scholarships:
    a. funded by Commonwealth (e.g. APA, IPRS); or
    b. funded by the University (e.g. UPA, USIS)
    c. by the Academic Board as specified in scholarship/prize conditions (e.g. travelling scholarships).
  2. To act for the Academic Board in determining University nominations for postgraduate scholarships required by external organisations.
  3. To oversee and monitor the effective implementation of policy and good practice relating to the award of specific postgraduate scholarships.
  4. To exercise all reasonable means to provide and receive advice from the University Executive and its relevant subcommittees.
  5. To provide regular reports on its activities under its terms of reference to the Graduate Studies Committee.
  6. To consider and report on any matter referred to it by the Academic Board, the Vice-Chancellor, the Graduate Studies Committee or the Chair of the Academic Board.

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

Composition and membership



Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee, or nominee (Chair)

Professor Shae McCrystal (nominee)

Six academic staff members appointed biennially by the Chair of the Academic Board on the nomination of the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee

Associate Professor Javid Atai (Faculty of Engineering & IT)

Associate Professor Ruth Phillips (Semester 2 2017) (Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences)

Associate Professor Uri Gal (Sydney Business School)

Professor Paul Groundwater (Faculty of Medicine and Health)

Associate Professor Paul Witting (Faculty of Medicine and Health)

Professor Samuel Mueller (Faculty of Science)

Co-opted members


Meeting dates 2019

Date Time
Friday, 01 February 2019 2.00pm-4.00pm
Friday, 01 March 2019 2.00pm-4.00pm
Friday, 05 April 2019 2.00pm-4.00pm
Friday, 03 May 2019 2.00pm-4.00pm
Friday, 07 June 2019 2.00pm-4.00pm
Friday, 05 July 2019 2.00pm-4.00pm
Friday, 02 August 2019 2.00pm-4.00pm
Friday, 06 September 2019 2.00pm-4.00pm
Friday, 18 October 2019 2.00pm-4.00pm
Friday, 15 November 2019 2.00pm-4.00pm
Friday, 13 December 2019 2.00pm-4.00pm

Meeting dates 2018

Date Time
Friday 2 February 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Friday 23 March 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Friday 27 April 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Friday 25 May 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Friday 22 June 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Friday 20 July 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Friday 24 August 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Friday 28 September 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Friday 19 October 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Friday 16 November 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Friday 20 December 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Committee contact

Committee Officer, University Secretariat
Jacqueline Toroian
T +6128627 6906
E jacqueline.toroian@sydney.edu.au

Meeting papers

Meeting papers are available on the secure HDRSSC SharePoint site.