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 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 (Chair)

Professor Duncan Ivison

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Collaborations and Partnerships) (Deputy Chair)

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

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


Professor Margaret Barbour

Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Science


Professor Joshua Burns

Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Health Sciences  


Professor Susan Thorp

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 Neal Peres Da Costa

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 Umberto Ansaldo

Head of School, School of Literature, Art and Media


Professor Céline Boehm

Head of School, School of Physics


Professor Arthur Conigrave

Head of School and Dean, Sydney Medical School 


Professor Robyn Dowling

Head of School and Dean, Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning


Professor Cameron Stewart

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


Jessica Keath

Acting 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

Acting Communications Specialist (Research)

Sarah Loxton

Executive Officer, Sydney Institute of Agriculture

Dr Claire Kennedy

Chairs of UE Research sub-committees


Associate Professor Eric Knight

Enterprise and Engagement Sub-Committee



Non-Traditional Research Outputs Sub-Committee


Nathaniel Lewis  

Research Data Management Strategy Sub-Committee


Dr Rebecca Halligan

Research Integrity Sub-Committee


Professor Colm Harmon

Researcher Development Working Party



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.

Meeting dates and deadlines

2019 Meetings

Agenda items due

Agenda distributed

Meeting date

Friday 8 February 2019

Wednesday 13 February 2019

Tuesday 19 February 2019

11.30am – 1.30pm

Monday 11 March 2019

Friday 15 March 2019

Thursday 21 March 2019

1 – 3pm

Monday 8 April 2019

Friday 11 April 2019

Thursday 18 April 2019

1 – 3pm

Monday 13 May 2019

Friday 17 May 2019

Thursday 23 May 2019

1 – 3pm

Tuesday 18 June 2019

Monday 24 June 2019

Friday 28 June 2019

10am – 12pm

Monday 8 July 2019

Friday 12 July 2019

Thursday 18 July 2019

1 – 3pm

Friday 16 August 2019

Wednesday 21 August 2019

Tuesday 27 August 2019

3 - 5pm

Monday 9 September 2019

Friday 13 September 2019

Thursday 19 September 2019

1 – 3pm

Monday 14 October 2019

Friday 18 October 2019

Thursday 24 October 2019

1 – 3pm

Monday 18 November 2019

Thursday 21 November 2019

Monday 25 November 2019

1 – 3pm

Monday 9 December 2019

Friday 13 December 2019

Thursday 19 December 2019

1 – 3pm

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.