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) (Chair)

Professor Philippa Pattison AO 

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

Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM


Pro Vice-Chancellor (Educational Innovation)

Professor Adam Bridgeman

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education - Enterprise and Industry)

Professor Richard Miles

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement)

Professor Katherine Belov

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Life)

Professor Wai Fong Chua AM (acting)

Chair, Academic Board (or nominee)

Associate Professor Anthony Masters

Acting Registrar and Academic Director, Education Policy and Quality, DVC (Education)

Associate Professor Peter McCallum

Executive Director, Student Administration

Brendon Nelson

6 Faculty Associate Deans (Education)

Professor Alyson Simpson

Associate Dean, Education, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Professor Peter Bryant

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

3 University School Associate Deans (Education)

Dr Adrienne Keane

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



Professor Rita Shackel

Associate Dean, Education, Sydney Law School

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

Professor Lisa Adkins

Head of School, School of Social and Political Sciences 


Professor Jacqui Ramagge

Head of School, School of Mathematics and Statistics


Professor Andrew McLachlan AM

Head of School and Dean, The Sydney Pharmacy School 


Professor Stefan Williams

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



Student Representative(s)

Weihong Liang

President, SUPRA


Jacky He

President, SRC



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

Ainslie Bulmer 

Academic Director, Post-Bachelor Education

Dr Hayley Fisher

Chief Risk Officer

Amanda Yee (acting)

Director of University Libraries, University Library

Anne Bell

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

Dr Kathryn Bartimote-Aufflick

Chief Information Officer

Caroline Hungerford (acting)

Manager, Policy and Projects

Hugh O'Dwyer (acting)

Senior Administration Officer, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Danielle Seesink

Staff Communications Specialist - Education

Judy Douglas

Director, Operations, Student Support Services

Karen Allan (acting)

Associate Director, Education - Digital Strategy

Bridgette Dang

General Counsel, Office of General Counsel

Richard Fisher 

Any others as determined by the Chair when necessary


Meeting dates and deadlines

2019 Meetings

Agenda items due

Agenda distributed

Meeting date

Thursday 24 January 2019

Monday 28 January 2019

Monday 4 February 2019

2 – 4pm

Thursday 21 February 2019

Monday 25 February 2019

Monday 4 March 2019

2 – 4pm

Thursday 21 March 2019

Monday, 25 March 2019

Monday 1 April 2019

2 – 4pm

Wednesday 24 April 2019

Monday 29 April 2019

Monday 6 May 2019

2 – 4pm

Thursday 23 May 2019

Monday 27 May 2019

Monday 3 June 2019

2 – 4pm

Thursday 1 August 2019

Monday 5 August 2019

Monday 12 August 2019

2 – 4pm

Thursday 22 August 2019

Monday 26 August 2019

Monday 2 September 2019

2 – 4pm

Thursday 19 September 2019

Monday 23 September 2019

Monday 30 September 2019

2 – 4pm

Thursday 24 October 2019

Monday 28 October 2019

Monday 4 November 2019

2 – 4pm

Thursday 21 November 2019

Monday 25 November 2019

Monday 2 December 2019

2 – 4pm

Committee contact

Committee Officer
Sarah Hepworth
T +61 2 9114 1468

Meeting papers

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