Academic Standards and Policy Committee

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

Terms of reference


The Academic Standards and Policy Committee assists and advises the Academic Board in ensuring the maintenance of the highest standards and quality in teaching, scholarship and research in the University of Sydney.

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 formulate and review policies, guidelines and procedures in relation to academic matters, particularly with respect to academic issues that have scope across the University, including equity and access initiatives.
  3. To determine policy concerning the programs of study or examinations in any Faculty, college or Board of Studies.
  4. To advise the Academic Board and Vice-Chancellor on policies concerning the academic aspects of the conditions of appointment and employment of academic staff.
  5. To play an active role in assuring the quality of teaching, scholarship and research in the University by ensuring the body of academic policies and degree resolutions are self-consistent, incorporate the best ideas and are aligned with the strategic goals of the University.
  6. In pursuit of the above objectives:
    6.1. request reports from, or refer matters to academic units 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 actively seek and evaluate opportunities to improve the University’s pursuit of high standards in all academic activities.
  8. To ensure proper communication channels are established with other committees of the Academic Board and the University Executive to promote cross-referencing and discussion of matters pertaining to academic standards and policy.
  9. To receive regular reports from, and provide advice to the Deputy Vice-Chancellors pursuant to maintaining the highest standards in teaching, scholarship and research.
  10. To exercise all reasonable means to provide and receive advice from the University Executive and its relevant subcommittees.
  11. To provide regular reports on its activities under its terms of reference to the Academic Board.
  12. To consider and report on any matter referred to it by the Academic Board, the Vice-Chancellor or the Deputy Vice-Chancellors.

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

Composition and membership



Chair of the Committee

Professor Jane Hanrahan

Chair of the Academic Board, or nominee

Associate Professor Tony Masters

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), or nominee

Professor Philippa Pattison

Director, Educational Innovation, or nominee

Professor Adam Bridgeman

President of the Students’ Representative Council, or nominee

Isabella Brook

President of the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association, or nominee

Samay Sabharwal (nominee)

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



Agriculture & Environment

Associate Professor Thomas Bishop

Architecture, Design & Planning

Associate Professor Glen Hill

Arts & Social Sciences

Associate Professor Mark Melatos

Business School

Professor Sandra van der Laan



Education & Social Work

Associate Professor Robyn Gibson

Engineering & Information Technologies 

Associate Professor Vincent Gomes

Health Sciences

Dr Debra Shirley


Professor Anne Twomey


Dr Peter Knight

Nursing & Midwifery

Dr Vasiliki Betihavas


Associate Professor Veysel Kayser


Helen Agus

Sydney College of the Arts


Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Andrew Barnes

Veterinary Science

Associate Professor Alex Chaves

Student representatives

Georgia Mantle

Amy Wenham

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


Co-opted Members



Dr Tim Allender

Faculty of Education and Social Work 

Dr Frances Di Lauro

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 

Professor Manuel Graeber

Faculty of Medicine 

Kerrie Henderson

Office of General Counsel

Associate Professor Maurice Peat

University of Sydney Business School 


Students and staff of the University may attend meetings as observers, and are allowed, with the permission of the Chair of the committee, to address the meeting on issues being considered by the committee.

Meeting dates and deadlines

2017 Meetings:

 Agenda Deadline

Agenda Papers Distributed

Meeting Date

Tuesday 31 January

Tuesday 7 February

Tuesday 14 February

Tuesday 28 February

Tuesday 7 March

Tuesday 14 March

Tuesday 4 April

Tuesday 11 April

Tuesday 18 April

Tuesday 16 May

Tuesday 23 May

Tuesday 30 May

Tuesday 27 June

Tuesday 4 July

Tuesday 11 July

Tuesday 25 July

Tuesday 1 August

Tuesday 8 August

Tuesday 12 September

Tuesday 19 September

Tuesday 26 September

Tuesday 31 October

Tuesday 7 November

Tuesday 14 November

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 Executive Officer to Academic Board.

2017 Agendas, papers and minutes

Meeting date

Agenda and Papers


14 February

Agenda and Papers


14 March

Agenda and Papers


18 April

Agenda and Papers


30 May

Agenda and Papers


11 July

Agenda and Papers


8 August

Agenda and Papers


26 September

Agenda and Papers


14 November

Agenda and Papers


2016 Agendas, papers and minutes

Meeting date

Agenda and Papers


3 February (Reserve meeting-not called)



9 March

Agenda and Papers


20 April

 Agenda and Papers


8 June

 Agenda and Papers


20 July

 Agenda and Papers


24 August

 Agenda and Papers


12 October

Agenda and Papers


9 November

 Agenda and Papers



Executive Officer to Academic Board
Dr Matthew Charet
T +61 2 9114 1356