Education Committee

The University Education(UE) Education Committee will develop education strategies and co-ordinate activity across the University to ensure alignment of policies and procedures, consistency of practice, and high quality outcomes in the education of all students and in the development of all teachers.

Terms of Reference
Composition and membership
Meeting dates and submission deadlines
Committee contact
Meeting papers

Terms of Reference

The purpose of UE Committees is to:

  1. Contribute to the ongoing development and implementation of University strategy;
  2. Review operational matters and consider business-as-usual matters;
  3. Consider planning and prioritisation proposals within the portfolio;
  4. Monitor performance against domain KPIs; and
  5. Be a conduit for institutional discussion and faculty discussions in the domain.

The UE Education Committee will:

  1. Provide advice to the University Executive on strategic educational issues and on implementation of the University’s educational strategy.
  2. Provide advice to the University Executive on measures designed to improve the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning within the University, including through effective innovation in teaching and learning and its uptake.
  3. Provide advice to the UE Financial Performance Committee or the UE Operations Board on priorities and need for improvement in the University’s physical and virtual infrastructure for learning and teaching.
  4. Serve as an all-faculty forum on educational matters, encouraging alignment of Faculty educational strategies and the University’s Strategic Plan.
  5. Monitor indicators of the quality of the educational experience at the University and develop strategies for quality improvement.
  6. Develop and monitor policies and procedures on all aspects of the educational experience in cooperation with the Academic Board.
  7. Provide advice to the University Executive on co-curricular activities that support the University’s educational strategic priorities in collaboration with the Academic Board and relevant Portfolios.
  8. Work with the Academic Board and Portfolios to undertake a systematic review of educational policies and procedures.
  9. Consider and report on any matter referred to it by the Vice-Chancellor or Academic Board.
  10. Oversee management of risk within the education portfolio to ensure risks are managed within the University’s agreed appetite and tolerance levels, and escalate to the University Executive those risks that are outside of the Committee’s remit to resolve.

The UE Education Committee has the authority to:

  1. Make decisions on matters within the education portfolio, following the strategic direction agreed to by the University Executive;
  2. Make recommendations on financial allocation to the limit of the DVC (Education) delegation, on proposals formally supported by the BRT process.

Relationship with University Executive:

  1. The UE Education Committee will refer matters to the University Executive only if the matters have an impact on the responsibility of the other UE Committees, or the Chair considers the decision is of strategic importance;
  2. The UE Education Committee will refer financial decisions to the University Executive above the DVC (Education) delegation; and
  3. The UE Education Committee will report to the University Executive after each meeting.

Committee members have the responsibility to:

  1. Harness energy, contribute to discussion and decision making; lead activity within this portfolio domain and facilitate broad discussion within the University community;
  2. Contribute the perspectives of their Faculties and University Schools to the Committee;
  3. Feed back to other UE Committees of which they are members, the decisions and discussion of the Committee; and
  4. Feed back to Faculties, University Schools and other relevant University groups the decisions and discussions of the Committee.

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

Composition and membership





Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Professor Philippa Pattison (Chair)

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) (or nominee)

Dr Donna Hartz (Nominee)

Acting Director, National Centre for Cultural Competence

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar) (or nominee)

Brendon Nelson (Nominee)

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education - Enterprise and Industry)

Professor Richard Miles

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement)

Professor Katherine Belov

Chair, Academic Board (or nominee)

Associate Professor Anthony Masters

6 Faculty Associate Deans (Education)*

Associate Professor Alyson Simpson

Associate Dean, Education, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Professor John Shields

Deputy Dean and Associate Dean, Education, The University of Sydney Business School


Professor David Lowe

Deputy Dean and Associate Dean, Education, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies


Associate Professor Pauline Ross

Associate Dean, Education, Faculty of Science


Associate Professor Corinne Caillaud

Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Health Sciences


Professor Inam Haq

Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, The University of Sydney Medical School


Dr Jennifer Green

Associate Dean, Education, Sydney Nursing School


Associate Professor Lorraine Smith

Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Pharmacy


Professor Elizabeth Martin

Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Dentistry

3 University School Associate Deans (Education)

Associate Professor Wendy Davis

Deputy Head of School and Deputy Dean, and Associate Dean, Education, The University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning


Professor Matthew Hindson

Head of School and Dean and Associate Dean, Education, Sydney Conservatorium of Music



Dr Scott Grattan

Associate Dean, Education, The University of Sydney Law School

5 Heads of School (minimum of 1 from a University School)

Professor Arthur Conigrave

Head of School and Dean, The University of Sydney Medical School


Professor Jacqui Ramagge

Head of School, School of Mathematics and Statistics


Professor Joellen Riley

Head of School and Dean, The University of Sydney Law School


Professor Simon Tormey

Head of School, School of Social and Political Sciences


Professor Stefan Williams

Head of School, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

Student Representative(s)

Kiriti Mortha and Mariam Mohammad

Co-Presidents, SUPRA

 Isabella Brook

President, SRC

Director, Educational Innovation, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Professor Adam Bridgeman

Director, Educational Strategy, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Associate Professor Peter McCallum



Executive Director, Office of the Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Ainslie Bulmer 

Chief Risk Officer

Nisha Graham

Director of University Libraries, University Library

Anne Bell

Head, Quality and Analytics, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Dr Kathryn Bartimote-Aufflick

Director, Digital Strategy, Information and Communications Technology (or nominee)

Mike Day (nominee)

Program Manager, Education Strategy

Dr Leah Schwartz

Executive Officer, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Karen Allan

Staff Communications Specialist, Marketing, Communications and Engagement

Katynna Parry

Director, Student Support Services

Jordi Austin

Associate Director, Education - Digital Strategy

Bridgette Dang

General Counsel, Office of General Counsel

Richard Fisher 

Head of Academic Enrichment

Dr Bronwyn James

Any others as determined by the Chair when necessary


*For the calendar year 2017, wherever a Committee Terms of Reference refers to 6 Faculty Deans, Associate Deans, or Faculty Managers, it shall be taken to mean those positions in: FASS, Business, Engineering and IT, Science, Health Sciences, Sydney Medical School, Sydney Nursing School, Pharmacy, and Dentistry.

2017 Meeting dates and submission timelines

Meeting dates for 2017

Agenda Deadline

Papers Distributed

Meeting Date

 Friday 3 February 2017

 Monday 6 February 2017

 Monday 13 February 2017

 Friday 3 March 2017

 Monday 6 March 2017

 Monday 13 March 2017

 Friday 31 March 2017

 Monday 3 April 2017

 Monday 10 April 2017

 Friday 28 April 2017

 Monday 1 May 2017

 Monday 8 May 2017

 Friday 19 May 2017

 Monday 22 May 2017

 Monday 29 May 2017 

 Friday 30 June 2017

 Monday 3 July 2017

 Monday 10 July 2017 

 Friday 28 July 2017

 Monday 31 July 2017

 Monday 7 August 2017 

 Friday 25 August 2017

 Monday 28 August 2017

 Monday 4 September 2017

 Friday 29 September 2017

 Monday 2 October 2017

 Monday 9 October 2017 

 Friday 27 October 2017

 Monday 30 October 2017

 Monday 6 November 2017

 Friday 24 November 2017

 Monday 27 November 2017

 Monday 4 December 2017 

Committee contact

Committee Officer
Sarah Hepworth
T +61 2 9114 1468

Meeting papers

Meeting papers are available on the secure UE Education SharePoint site.