Membership principles

The University is a diverse community that values the views and opinions of its members; it is strengthened and enhanced by a decision-making and governance system which reflects this diversity.

SEG is broadly representative of the diverse academic and administrative communities in the University at the level of senior management. The committees provide expert, high-level strategic advice to SEG, and engage SEG members, along with other experts, in the detailed preparation of matters for SEG consideration.

In general, divisional boards will appoint a member to each SEG committee to ensure disciplinary expertise. The balance of committee membership will contribute expertise in the subject area of each committee’s remit. The exception to this rule is the Research Committee, which is thought to have been operating very effectively; the chair of that committee is keen for it to retain its current form, based on faculty representation.

In general, committee members will have a three-year term of office. The two exceptions to this will be student members, where membership will preferably be for two years, depending on enrolment, and ex officio members (Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellors and Directors). In the first iteration of the committees, some members will be nominated for two years to ensure a process of renewal, without compromising continuity and transmission of corporate knowledge.

The following principles apply to membership:

  • The chair of each committee and divisional board will be a member of SEG. The Vice-Chancellor will designate which SEG member will chair each of the committees.
  • All deans will be members of SEG.
  • Divisional boards may decide the method by which they appoint members of committees. However, committee members appointed by divisional boards will preferably be members of those boards.
  • Divisions will appoint members to the committees not as representatives of the division, but on the basis of their capacity to advise the expert group regarding the particular circumstances of their division.
  • Student members of SEG committees will be nominated by the SRC and SUPRA.
  • Committees may have other officers of the University in attendance to provide expertise, or invite members to join them for a specified time or for particular projects.
  • Committees and boards can establish, as they see fit, sub-committees or working parties either to conduct specific projects or to ensure that the views of relevant staff are represented in committee deliberations.
  • The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy and Services may attend any SEG committee meetings.
  • The General Counsel (or nominee) has a standing invitation to attend all meetings of SEG and each of its committees.