Research Committee

The Research Committee will develop a comprehensive, detailed and evidence-based understanding of the University’s research enterprise. It will provide advice on all research matters, including strategy, policy, support processes, resource allocation and research integrity.

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 Research Committee will:

  1. Oversee the implementation of the research strategy within the Strategic Plan 2016-20.
  2. Provide advice to the University Executive on faculty and research strategies, including the development of research compacts, and on other matters relating to research activities.
  3. Formulate, monitor and report to the University Executive on key research performance indicators and advise the University Executive on strategies to improve performance.
  4. Monitor developments in domestic and international research policy and practice and advise the University Executive on how the University should respond.
  5. Assess proposals for major research initiatives requiring significant University funding, particularly those which are cross-disciplinary initiatives, and make decisions relating to research investment within the DVCR’s delegation and report on these decisions to the University Executive.
  6. Monitor and review programs to extend the leadership skills of researchers heading major research initiatives.
  7. Provide advice regarding other forms of research support which will improve performance, sustain areas of research strength.
  8. With the Academic Board, develop a program for the systematic review and development of research policies.
  9. Assess requests for funding through Research portfolio schemes.
  10. Oversee the implementation of investment in research infrastructure facilities and advise the University Executive on possible areas for future investment.
  11. Monitor and report to the University Executive on matters of research integrity.
  12. Develop and monitor strategies to raise awareness about the University’s research, and improve public access to research expertise, resources and outcomes.
  13. Oversee management of risk within the research 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 Research Committee has the authority to:

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

Relationship with University Executive:

  1. The UE Research 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 Research Committee will refer financial decisions to the University Executive above the DVC (Research) delegation; and
  3. The UE Research Committee will report to the University Executive after each meeting.

Committee members have the responsibility to:

  1. Harness energy and lead activity within this portfolio domain; within Faculties and within University Schools;
  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 and University Schools 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, Research

Professor Duncan Ivison (Chair)

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Collaborations and Partnerships)

Professor Laurent Rivory

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement)

Professor Katherine Belov

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Enterprise and Engagement)

Associate Professor Eric Knight

Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services)

Professor Jakelin Troy

Chair, Academic Board (or nominee)

Associate Professor Anthony Masters

6 Faculty Associate Deans (Research)*

Professor Ariadne Vromen

Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Professor Kim Rasmussen 

Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies


Professor Margaret Barbour

Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Science


Professor Joshua Burns

Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Health Sciences  


Professor Eddie Anderson

Associate Dean, Research, The University of Sydney Business School


Professor Macdonald Christie

Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health 

3 University School Associate Deans (Research)

Professor Andrew Leach 

Acting Associate Dean, Research, The University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design, and Planning


Professor Linda Barwick

Associate Dean, Research, Sydney Conservatorium of Music


Associate Professor Kimberlee Weatherall

Associate Dean, Research, The University of Sydney Law School

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

Professor Céline Boehm

Head of School, School of Physics


Professor Barbara Caine

Head of School, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry


Professor Chris Murphy

Head of School, School of Medical Sciences


Professor Joellen Riley

Head of School and Dean, University of Sydney Law School


Professor Dianne Wiley

Head of School, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

1 Faculty Research Manager

Ruth Graham

Faculty Research Manager, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

4 Centre Directors (nominated by the DVC Research)

Professor Stephen Simpson

Director, Academic, Charles Perkins Centre (CPC)


Professor Ben Eggleton

Director, The University of Sydney Nano Institute


Professor Ian Hickie and Professor Matthew Kiernan

Co-Directors, Brain and Mind Centre (BMC)


Professor Luigi Tomba

Director, China Studies Centre (CSC)

1 Postgraduate student nominated by SUPRA

Minran Liu



Director, Graduate Research

Professor Ross Coleman

Director, Higher Education Policy and Projects (or nominee)

Associate Professor Peter McCallum

Director, Education Strategy (nominee)

Directors, Research Portfolio (or nominee)

Dr Lesley Ashton

Executive Director, Research Operations, Coordination and Systems Planning


Sara Brown

General Manager, Research Portfolio


Dr Pearly Harumal

Director, Research Grants and Contracts


Dr Andrew Black

Director, Research Development and Collaboration


Grant Cruchley

Senior Manager, Research Policy & Analysis


Dr Rebecca Halligan

Director, Research Integrity and Ethics Administration


Nathaniel Lewis

Director, Research Reporting, Analysis, Data and Systems (RRADS)


Dr Andrew Tindell

Director, Commercial Development and Industry Partnerships

Chief Risk Officer

Nisha Graham

General Counsel (or nominee)

Mike Clarke

Solicitor, Office of General Counsel

Communications Specialist (Research)

Elise Webster

Executive Officer, Sydney Institute of Agriculture

Dr Martin King

Chairs of UE Research sub-committees


Dr Andrew Tindell

Co-operative Research Centres Working Group


Professor Linda Barwick

Non-Traditional Research Outputs Sub-Committee


Associate Professor Gareth Denyer

Research Data Management Strategy Sub-Committee


Dr Rebecca Halligan

Research Integrity Sub-Committee


Dr Andrew Black

Researcher Development Working Party


Associate Professor Eric Knight

Sydney Research Excellence Initiative (SREI) Sub-Committee

Any others as determined by the Chair when necessary


*Until the implementation date of the new Faculty of Medicine and Health, wherever a Committee Terms of Reference refers to 6 Faculty Deans, Associate Deans, or Faculty General 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.

2018 Meeting dates and submission timelines

Meeting dates for 2018

Agenda Deadline

Meeting Date

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Thursday, 6 December 2018

2019 Meeting dates and submission timelines

Meeting dates for 2019

Agenda Deadline

Meeting Date

Friday, 8 February 2019

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Monday, 11 March 2019

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Monday, 8 April 2019

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Monday, 13 May 2019

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Friday, 28 June 2019

Monday, 8 July 2019

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Friday, 16 August 2019

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Monday, 9 September 2019

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Monday, 14 October 2019

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Monday, 18 November 2019

Monday, 25 November 2019

Monday, 9 December 2019

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Committee contact

Committee Officer, University Secretariat
Sally Hilton
T +612 9351 4316

Meeting papers

Meeting papers are available on the secure UE Research Committee SharePoint site.