Undergraduate Studies Committee

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

Terms of reference


The Undergraduate Studies Committee assists the Academic Board in ensuring the maintenance of the highest standards and quality in teaching, learning and scholarship at the University of Sydney and, in this context, advises the Academic Board about resolutions, policy and procedures relating to undergraduate study at the University and acts as the Academic Board's agent in determining undergraduate matters, including the approval of new and amended courses, in accordance with the resolutions of the Senate: Delegations of Authority: Academic Functions.

Terms of reference

  1. To monitor issues relating to quality in relation to undergraduate award courses, and to make recommendations to the Academic Board as detailed below.
  2. To advise the Academic Board on resolutions, policy and procedures relating to all undergraduate studies in the University, including the pattern of undergraduate courses in the University.
  3. To make recommendations to the Academic Board in relation to proposals to introduce new undergraduate award courses and amendments to existing undergraduate award courses.
  4. To make recommendations to the Academic Board regarding requirements to be satisfied by candidates for the award of a degree, diploma or certificate.
  5. To act for the Academic Board in determining procedures for the consideration, and deadline for submission of proposals for new and amended undergraduate award programs and courses in consultation with the Course Profiles Steering Committee.
  6. To contribute to the development of the University’s strategic objectives in relation to undergraduate study and to formulate, 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 (International) on quality assurance and other matters relating to undergraduate study.
  8. To obtain information or reports from any faculty, school or department, the Library or other academic unit on academic matters relating to undergraduate studies.
  9. 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 concerning undergraduate students.
  10. To determine the terms and conditions of undergraduate awards, scholarships and prizes established within the University.
  11. To receive annual reports on the awarding of Honours and the University Medal from Faculties.
  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.

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

Composition and membership



the Chair of the Committee

Associate Professor Wendy Davis

the Chair of the Academic Board

Associate Professor Tony Masters

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

Associate Professor Tim Wilkinson

the Director, Educational Innovation, or nominee

Professor Adam Bridgeman

the Deputy Registrar, or nominee

Anne Fernandez (nominee)

the President of the Students’ Representative Council, or nominee

Isabella Brook

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



Agriculture and Environment

Associate Professor Tina Bell

Architecture, Design and Planning

Dr Dagmar Reinhardt

Arts and Social Sciences

Dr Melissa Hardie


Dr Juliette Overland (for 2017)


Dr Kimberly Coulton

Education and Social Work

Dr Wayne Cotton

Engineering and Information Technologies

Professor Alan Fekete

Health Sciences

Dr Mark Halaki


Associate Professor Jamie Glister


Dr Tina Hinton

Nursing and Midwifery

Dr Lisa Conlon


Dr Stephen Carter


Associate Professor Patrice Rey (for 2017)

Sydney College of the Arts

Andrew Lavery

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Dr James Humberstone

Veterinary Science

Dr Gary Muscatello

Student members

Disha Dhanda

Imogen Grant

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


Co-opted Members



Dr Eric Knight

University of Sydney Business School

Assessors and Reviewers




Meeting dates and deadlines

2017 Meetings:

Items due by:

Agenda sent out on:

Meeting Date:



Tuesday 10.00 am 

24 January

31 January

 7 February

21 February

28 February

7 March (Meeting cancelled)

28 March

4 April

11 April (Meeting cancelled)

9 May

16 May

23 May

20 June

27 June

4 July

18 July

25 July

1 August

5 September

12 September

19 September

24 October

31 October

 7 November

Agendas, papers and minutes

Committee Agendas, 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.

2017 Agendas, papers and minutes

Meeting Date Agendas and Papers Minutes
7 February  Agenda and Papers
7 March  Meeting Cancelled  
11 April   Meeting Cancelled  
23 May  Agenda and Papers
4 July

Agenda and Papers

Item 4.3.1 FASS BA BAdvStudies minor amendment

Item 4.5.1 SCA BVA minor amendment

Item 4.6.3 FEIT BE Hons minor amendment

Item 4.10.1 Science BSc and BAdvStudies minor amendment

 Item 4.10.2 Science BSc BSc(Adv) B(AdvMaths) minor amendment

1 August Agenda and Papers Minutes
19 September Agenda and Papers Minutes
7 November Agenda and Papers Minutes

2016 Agendas, papers and minutes

Meeting date

Agenda and Papers


10 February

 Meeting Cancelled


16 March

Agenda and Papers


27 April

 Agenda and Papers


15 June

 Agenda and Papers


27 July

 Agenda and Papers


31 August

Agenda and Papers


19 October

Agenda and Papers

Agenda Item 4.1 (large file)


16 November

Agenda and Papers

Agenda Item 4.1 (large file)



Committee Officer
Susan Parker
T +61 2 8627 8521