University Multidisciplinary Initiatives Committee (UMDI)

The UE UMDI Committee will held its final meeting on 11 December 2017. From January 2018 the Brain and Mind Centre and the Charles Perkins Centre will be governed by the UE Multidisciplinary Initiatives Committee.

The UE UMDI Committee had two key roles, to:

  1. ensure the mission and objectives of the Charles Perkins Centre (CPC) and the Brain & Mind Centre (BMC) are met with respect to both the academic and supporting operational model; and
  2. enable monitoring and review at a ‘whole of university’ level of program outcomes and returns on investment against the CPC and BMC mission and business cases.

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

Terms of Reference

The UE UMDI Committee will:

  • review and recommend for University Executive’s approval the CPC and BMC strategic and annual business plans and their alignment with the University, and faculty strategies
  • monitor, regularly review and report on the performance of the CPC and BMC against their agreed strategy and business case
  • monitor and report on the implementation of the academic strategies of the CPC and BMC, in particular the extent to which they deliver new research and teaching paradigms (not just more of the same) as set out in the their mission and objectives
  • monitor and report on the development of the CPC and BMC cultures to support world-class, multidisciplinary research and teaching supported by the values of collaboration and innovation and a focus on results
  • monitor and report on the effectiveness of strategies for securing engagement from faculties and external stakeholders with the CPC and BMC, with a particular focus on ‘collaboration’ and ‘affiliation’ agreements’
  • monitor and report on the development and implementation of the operational model for delivery of professional services (Finance, Human Resources, Campus Infrastructure Services, Information and Communications Technology, Marketing & Communications, Office of General Counsel) in the CPC and BMC to ensure they support the research and education agenda through efficient and effective service support, financial arrangements and facilities management
  • monitor high-level risks relating to the operations of the CPC and BMC MDIs including the appropriateness of their corresponding controls.

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

Composition and membership





Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Professor Duncan Ivison (Co-Chair)

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education)

Professor Philippa Pattison (Co-Chair)

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services)

Professor Juanita Sherwood

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Collaborations and Partnerships)

Professor Laurent Rivory

Vice-Principal (Operations)

Stephen Phillips

7 Faculty/University School representatives

Professor Kathy Refshauge

Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences


Associate Professor Mathew Aitchison

The University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning


Professor Arthur Conigrave

Dean, The University of Sydney Medical School


Professor Elizabeth Cowley

Deputy Dean, The University of Sydney Business School


Professor Trevor Hambley

Dean, Faculty of Science


Professor Archie Johnston

Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies


Professor Roger Magnusson

The University of Sydney Law School



Co-Director, Discovery & Translation, Brain & Mind Centre

Professor Matthew Kiernan

Co-Director, Health & Policy, Brain & Mind Centre

Professor Ian Hickie

Chief Operating Officer, Brain & Mind Centre

Rod Gilroy

Academic Director, Charles Perkins Centre

Professor Stephen Simpson

Chief Operating Officer, Charles Perkins Centre

Michael Milne

Senior Project Management Officer, Research Portfolio

Kimberly dela Cruz Odom

Independent representative of key external stakeholders at the direction of the committee

currently vacant

2017 Meeting dates and submission timelines

 Meeting dates for 2017



 Agenda Deadline

 Agenda Papers Distributed

 Meeting Date

 Thursday 9 March 2017

 Monday 13 March 2017

 Monday 20 March 2017 (as UE SPARC)

 Thursday 8 June 2017

 Monday 12 June 2017

 Monday 19 June 2017 (as UE SPARC)

 Thursday 7 September 2017

 Monday 11 September 2017

 Monday 18 September 2017

 Thursday 30 November 2017

 Monday 4 December 2017

 Monday 11 December 2017

Committee contact

Committee Officer, University Secretariat
Tanya Gerrie
T +612 8627 1331

Meeting papers

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