Terms of reference

The Research Committee will:

  1. Develop a comprehensive plan to deliver the University’s research strategies for consideration by SEG.
  2. Monitor implementation of that plan.
  3. Provide advice to SEG on faculty and divisional research strategies, including the development of research compacts, and on other matters relating to research activities.
  4. Formulate, monitor and report to SEG key research performance indicators and advise SEG on strategies to improve performance.
  5. Monitor developments in domestic and international research policy and practice and advise SEG on how the University should respond.
  6. Assess proposals for major research initiatives requiring significant University funding, particularly those which are cross-disciplinary initiatives, and make recommendations to SEG regarding research investment.
  7. Monitor and review programs to extend the leadership skills of researchers heading major research initiatives.
  8. Provide advice regarding other forms of research support which will improve performance, sustain areas of research strength, provide seed support for emerging areas of research strength and develop new areas.
  9. With the Academic Board, develop a program for the systematic review and development of research policies.
  10. Assess requests for funding through Research portfolio schemes.
  11. Assess capacity and appropriateness of research infrastructure facilities and advise SEG on possible areas for future investment.
  12. Monitor and report to SEG on matters of research integrity.
  13. Develop and monitor strategies to raise awareness about the University’s research, and improve public access to research expertise, resources and outcomes.


Ex Officio Members:

  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research (Chair)
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Strategic Collaboration and Partnerships (Deputy Chair)
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education (or nominee)
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy and Services (or nominee)
  • One person appointed by each faculty
  • Chair of the Academic Board (or nominee)
  • Chair of the Academic Standards and Policy Committee of the Academic Board
  • Vice-Principal (Operations) (or nominee)
  • One person nominated by the Office of Global Engagement

In attendance:

  • Directors, Research Portfolio (or nominee)
  • Director, Indigenous Research
  • Directors, Professional Services Units (or nominee): Campus Infrastructure Services (CIS); Financial Services; Human Resources (HR); Information & Communications Technology (ICT); Library
  • Chair, Research Managers Network (or nominee)
  • Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Stewards, Research Portfolio
  • General Counsel (or nominee)
  • Director, Higher Education Policy and Projects, Office of the Vice Chancellor and Principal (or nominee)

Other attendees may be invited by the Chair as appropriate.

Quorum: A quorum for a meeting of the Committee shall be thirteen (13) members.

Frequency of meetings: Monthly