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 by ensuring the body of academic policies and degree resolutions are internally consistent, incorporate the best ideas and are aligned with the strategic goals of the University.
  2. To formulate, review and, as appropriate, recommend policies, guidelines and procedures relating to academic matters, particularly with respect to academic issues that have scope across the University, including equity and access initiatives.
  3. To recommend to the Academic Board policy concerning the programs of study or examinations in any Faculty, University School 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 provide academic oversight of admissions, credit and recognition of prior learning in relation to domains 5.1.1, 5.1.2, 5.2.1, 5.2.2, 5.2.4, 6.3.1 (a), (b), (d), 6.3.2 (a), (d), (e), of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015.
  6. To provide academic oversight of research training in relation to domains 4.2.1 (a) – (e), and 6.3.1 (a), (b), (d), 6.3.2 (a), (d), (e), of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015.
  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 relating to academic standards and policy.
  9. To receive reports from, and provide advice to, the Deputy Vice Chancellors relating to the operation and effectiveness of policy in the areas of 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




the Chair of the Committee

  Professor Jane Hanrahan

the Chair of the Academic Board, or nominee 

  Associate Professor Tony Masters

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

  Associate Professor Tim Wilkinson

the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), or nominee 

  Professor Phillipa Pattison 

the Director, Educational Innovation, or nominee 


Professor Adam Bridgeman

the President of the Students’ Representative Council, or nominee 

  Imogen Grant

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

  Nanda Jorsz (nominee)

The Academic Board shall appoint one member from each Faculty and University school, one undergraduate student member and one postgraduate student member

Faculty/University school



Architecture, Design and Planning

Dr Adrienne Keane


Arts and Social Sciences

Associate Professor Mark Melatos 



Professor John Shields



Associate Professor Jennifer Rowley



Professor Gregory Murray


Engineering and IT

Associate Professor Vincent Gomes 


Health Sciences

Associate Professor Alison Purcell



Associate Professor Rita Shackel



Dr Peter Knight 


Nursing and Midwifery

Dr Vasiliki Betihavas 



Dr Bret Church



Helen Agus 


Student members

Pranay Jha (UG)



Pavithra Rajan (PG)

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


Associate Professor Salvatore Babones



Professor Alan Fekete



Patty Kamvounias

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


Co-opted members 

  Professor Manuel Graeber


  Kerrie Henderson


  Associate Professor Maurice Peat

Meeting dates and deadlines

2018 Meetings

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

 Agenda Deadline

Agenda Papers 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

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

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.

2018 Agendas, papers and minutes

Meeting date

Agenda and Papers


13 February

Agenda and Papers


10 April

Agenda and Papers

Unconfirmed Minutes

22 May

Agenda and Papers


17 July

Agenda and Papers


11 September

Agenda and Papers


6 November

Agenda and Papers


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



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