Decisions of Senate
1 February 2010
Senate made the following decisions at its meeting held in open session on 1 February 2010:
Deputy Chancellor: Call for nominations:
Senate approved the extension of the deadline for nominations for the election of Deputy Chancellor to 5.00pm on 25 February 2010.
Ear and Allied Research Foundation:
Senate approved the termination of the Ear and Allied Research Foundation.
Faculty of Medicine:
- endorsed the Academic Board’s approval of the proposal from the Faculty of Medicine to amend the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery, with effect from 1 January 2010.
- endorsed the Academic Board’s approval of the proposal from the Faculty of Medicine to delete the Doctor of Public Health, and approved the amendment of the Resolutions of Senate relating to the Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates in the Faculty of Medicine and the rescission of the Resolutions of the Senate relating to this course,
with effect from 1 January 2010, as set out in the report presented.
Powers of Attorney:
- the revocation of the Power of Attorney to Mr Bob Kotic;
- the grant of a Power of Attorney to Mr Colin Rockliff;
- the revocation of the Power of Attorney to Mr Paul Walter Slater;
- the grant of a Power of Attorney to Mr Mark Easson; and
- the revocation of a number of powers of attorney which remain in force, despite not being in use.
Professor Sam Ball:
Senate noted with regret the death of former Fellow of Senate Professor Sam Ball and that the Chancellor would write to the family on behalf of Senate.
Senate Committees - Election of Chairs:
Senate approved the Secretary to Senate’s proposal:
(1) to defer the election of the committee chairs, and
(2) to authorise the Secretary to Senate, once the five Fellows had been appointed by the Minister:
- to call for nominations for the positions of committee chairs by email, and
- to specify a reasonable period for close of nominations so that the election could be held at the next Senate meeting (which may be 27 February but could be later depending on the Minister’s advice).
Senior Leadership Changes:
- noted the Vice-Chancellor's report on his senior leadership changes, and
- resolved to charge the Remuneration and Benefits Committee with asking the Vice-Chancellor each year how sustainable his responsibilities were under the senior structure and how long this kind of structure would apply.
Student Appeals Body:
Senate appointed the following nominees to membership of the Student Appeals Body to fill the vacancies to the maximum number of twenty people:
- Academic staff member: Associate Professor Patricia Loughlan
- Postgraduate student members: Ms Joanne Fuller, Ms Caroline Saint and Mr Tao Zhu
- Undergraduate student members: Mr Gabriel Dain, Ms Kate Laing, Ms Eliza Morton, Mr Mack Wan and Mr Noah White.
University of Sydney Bylaw:
(1) to exercise its power under section 36 of the University Act to amend the University By-law by adding the draft clause shown below as a clause of the By-law immediately following clause 46B:
"46BA Appointed Fellows
When a Fellow is to be appointed under section 9(1)(b) of the Act, other than:
(a) the Fellow who is nominated by the Senate for appointment under that sub-section; or
(b) a Fellow who is a member of the Parliament of New South Wales and is nominated by the Senate for appointment under that sub-section;
the Chancellor is to forward to the Minister for consideration for appointment under that sub-section, the name of a person determined by the Senate in accordance with the procedure set out in clause 46B."
(2) to authorise the Secretary to Senate and General Counsel to liaise with Parliamentary Counsel and to settle the detail of the proposed By-Law.
Senate resolved not to proceed with the establishment of the Wentworth Scholarships at this time, as set out in the report presented.