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. It advises the Academic Board about resolutions, policy and procedures relating to undergraduate study at the University and determines undergraduate 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 all undergraduate studies in the University, including the pattern of undergraduate award courses.
  2. To make recommendations to the Academic Board about proposals to introduce new undergraduate award courses and amendments to existing undergraduate award courses.
  3. To make recommendations to the Academic Board about requirements to be satisfied by candidates for the award of a degree, diploma or certificate.
  4. To determine procedures for the consideration, and deadline for submission of proposals for new and amended undergraduate award programs and courses in consultation with the University Executive Curriculum and Course Planning Committee.
  5. To provide academic oversight in relation to domains 1.4.1; 1.4.2, 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.3; 3.1.4; 3.1.5; 5.1.2; 5.1.3, 5.4.2 and 6.3.2(c) of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015.
  6. To ensure undergraduate education is compliant with appropriate rules, policies and procedures.
  7. 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.
  8. To receive reports from, and provide advice to, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and, where appropriate the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) on quality assurance and other matters relating to undergraduate study.
  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 undergraduate studies.
  10. 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.
  11. To determine the terms and conditions of undergraduate awards, scholarships and prizes established within the University.
  12. To receive annual reports on the awarding of Honours and the University Medal from Faculties, University Schools and Boards of Studies.
  13. To provide regular reports on its activities to the Academic Board.
  14. 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

  Dr Melissa Hardie

the Chair of the Academic Board, or nominee 

  Associate Professor Tony Masters

the Chair of the Admissions Sub-Committee

  Associate Professor Tim Wilkinson

the Director, Educational Innovation, or nominee 


Professor Adam Bridgeman

the Deputy Registrar, or nominee 


Edwina Grose (nominee) 

the President of the Students’ Representative Council, or nominee 

  Imogen Grant

The Academic Board shall appoint one member from each Faculty and University School and at least one undergraduate student member nominated by members of the Board

Faculty/University school



Architecture, Design and Planning

Dr Ross Anderson


Arts and Social Sciences

Dr Anthony Dracopoulos 



Dr Ulku Yuksel (Semester 1)

Associate Professor Catherine Hardy (Semester 2)



Dr James Humberstone 



Dr Kimberly Mathieu Coulton 


Engineering and IT

Associate Professor Marjorie Valix


Health Sciences

Dr Kate Edwards



Associate Professor Jamie Glister (Semester 1)

Dr Kevin Walton (Semester 2)



Associate Professor Tina Hinton


Nursing and Midwifery

Dr Lisa Conlon 



Dr Stephen Carter 



Dr Gary Muscatello


Student members

Denzel Florez (Science)



Deren Bozdag (Business)

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 Fernanda Peñaloza



Associate Professor Nial Wheate



Associate Professor Bronwyn Winter

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


Co-opted members 


Meeting dates and deadlines

2019 Meetings

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

Items due by: Agenda Distributed: Meeting Date:
29 January 5 February 12 February
5 March 12 March 19 March
23 April 30 April

7 May

(final meeting for 2020 course approvals)

11 June 18 June 25 June
30 July 6 August 13 August
1 October 8 October 15 October

2018 Meetings

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

Items due by:

Agenda distributed:

Meeting Date:

23 January

30 January

 6 February

13 March

20 March

27 March

10 April

17 April

24 April

(reserve meeting)

1 May

8 May

15 May

(final meeting for 2019 course amendments)

26 June

3 July

10 July

21 August

28 August

4 September

 9 October

16 October 

23 October 

16 October

23 October

30 October

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.

2018 Agendas, papers and minutes

Meeting date

Agenda and Papers


6 February

Agenda and Papers


27 March

Agenda and Papers


24 April (reserve meeting)

Agenda and Papers


15 May

Agenda and Papers

Appended Agenda and Papers


10 July

Agenda and Papers


4 September

Agenda and Papers

 Unconfirmed Minutes

23 October

Agenda Pack

Undergraduate Learning Outcomes


30 October

Agenda and Papers


13 November

Agenda Pack

Undergraduate Learning Outcomes



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


Form Link

Award course review template



Committee Officer
Dr Glenys Eddy
T +61 2 9351 8556