Nominations and Appointments Committee

TERMS OF REFERENCE

1. Appointed Fellows of Senate

1. With respect to Appointed Fellows of Senate the role of the Committee is specified in Clause 46B of Chapter 4A of the University of Sydney By-Law as follows:

(1) If the Senate is required to make a nomination as referred to in section 9(1)(b) of the Act or intends to make a nomination as referred to in section 9(2) of the Act, the Senate is to request the Nominations Committee to identify persons who may be suitable for nomination.

(2) If the Senate is required to appoint a person under section 9(1)(c) of the Act, the Senate is to request the Nominations Committee to identify persons who may be suitable for appointment.

(3) The Committee is:
(a) to determine which of the persons identified under subclause (1) or (2) are to be recommended to the Senate:
(i) for nomination for consideration for appointment by the Minister, or
(ii) for appointment by the Senate,
as the case may be, and
(b) to recommend the length of appointment for each such person, and
(c) to forward those recommendations to the Senate.

(4) In determining the persons to be recommended under subclause (3)(a), the Committee is to have regard to:
(a) the skills and experience of the continuing Fellows, and
(b) the matters referred to in section 9(3) and (4) of the Act.

(5) The Senate:
(a) is to consider the recommendations forwarded by the Nominations Committee, and
(b) is to determine which of the recommended persons are to be nominated for appointment and may select one or more other persons for nomination in place of one or more of the recommended persons, and
(c) is to determine which of the persons referred to in paragraph (b) are to be:
(i) nominated for consideration for appointment by the Minister, or
(ii) appointed by the Senate,
as the case may be, and
(d) is to determine:
(i) in the case of the persons referred to in paragraph (c)(i), the recommended length of appointment for each such person, or
(ii) in the case of the persons referred to in paragraph (c)(ii), the length of appointment for each such person.

(6) The Senate is, when selecting a person for nomination other than a person recommended by the Nominations Committee, to have regard to the matters referred to in subclause (4)(a) and (b).

(7) The Chancellor is to forward the determinations referred to in subclause (5)(c)(i) and (d)(i) to the Minister.

1a. In addition to meeting those requirements set out in the By-Law the Committee will give strong weight to the desirability of the inclusion of at least one Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person among the Fellows of Senate.

2. Honorary awards

2. With respect to honorary awards the Committee is to consider suggestions for honorary degrees and honorary fellowships and submit a report to Senate. Documentation received by the Committee will be available to Fellows for inspection.

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3. Nomenclature

3. With respect to nomenclature the Committee is to review and make recommendations to Senate as regards naming proposals, changes to existing names or the discontinuation of existing names in relation to: University buildings and other significant assets; scholarships and prizes; centres and institutes and foundations.

4. Governance

4. With respect to governance the Committee is to monitor and advise Senate on governance issues generally as they relate to Senate and the University including induction and continuing education of Fellows, Senate performance reviews, committee structure and remits, and related matters.

5. Appointments other than to chairs

5. With respect to the approval of appointments other than to chairs the Committee is authorised by Senate to approve appointments to other University organisations where the appointee is not a Fellow.

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CONSTITUTION

Ex-officio:

  • The Chancellor (Chair)
  • The Deputy Chancellor
  • The Vice-Chancellor and Principal
  • The Chair of the Academic Board


Three Fellows of Senate who are external Fellows within the meaning of s9(9) of the University of Sydney Act and are appointed by Senate

— Two Fellows of Senate elected by Senate

— Senate may, on the advice of the Committee, or on its own volition, appoint additional members as required.

Terms of office

Elected and appointed members have terms of office of two years and no member is to serve for more than two consecutive terms.

All term limits are capable of waiver by Senate if recommended by the Nominations and Appointments Committee.

Election

In accordance with current provisions governing election to Senate Committees.


MEETINGS

The Committee meets at least two times per year.

Quorum

At any meeting of the Committee four members shall form a quorum.

Secretary to the Committee

Secretary to Senate