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Academic Board

Delivering education and research of the highest standards
The Academic Board oversees all academic activities and matters at the University.

The Academic Board has the principal responsibility to encourage and maintain the highest standards in teaching, scholarship and research and to safeguard the academic freedom of the University.

The Academic Board is also responsible for:

  • overseeing the development of all academic activities of the University
  • formulating and reviewing policies, guidelines and procedures in relation to academic matters
  • playing an active role in assuring the quality of teaching, scholarship and research in the University.

The rules of the Academic Board outline the functions, constitution, meeting procedures, standing committees and election procedures for the Academic Board. These rules are defined in the University of Sydney (Academic Board) Rule 2017.

Meeting date Meeting time Agenda items due Papers
Tuesday 5 March 2–4pm Tuesday 12 February
Tuesday 16 April 2–4pm Tuesday 26 March
Tuesday 4 June 2–4pm Tuesday 14 May
Tuesday 23 July 2–4pm Tuesday 2 July
Tuesday 3 September 2–4pm Tuesday 13 August
Tuesday 5 November 2–4pm Tuesday 15 October
Meeting date Meeting time Agenda items due
Tuesday 3 March  1pm-3:30pm  Tuesday 11 February
Tuesday 5 May  1pm-3:30pm  Tuesday 14 April 
Tuesday 9 June 1pm-3:30pm  Tuesday 19 May
Tuesday 21 July  1pm-3:30pm  Tuesday 30 June 
Tuesday 15 September 1pm-3:30pm  Tuesday 25 August
Tuesday 17 November 1pm-3:30pm  Tuesday 27 October
Meeting Dates  Papers
Tuesday 11 February
Tuesday 25 March 
Tuesday 13 May 
Tuesday 1 July 
Tuesday 19 August 
Tuesday 16 September 
Tuesday 28 October 
Tuesday 2 December

For non-confidential agenda papers and minutes prior to 2015, please contact:

Alyssa White
Manager Governance (Senate and Academic Board)
+61 2 8627 6905 | alyssa.white@sydney.edu.au

 
Chair of Academic Board

The Chair of the Academic Board is responsible for:

  • managing and supervising the functions and business of the Academic Board
  • facilitating communications between the academic community of the University, the University Executive and Senate
  • subject to delegations of authority by Senate and resolutions of the Academic Board, apportioning authority for carrying out the Academic Board’s functions to other members of the Academic Board
  • reporting to Senate on behalf of the Academic Board, as required by this Rule or any request of Senate.

Further information is set out in Section 4.1 of the University of Sydney (Academic Board) Rule 2017.

Academic Board members

The role of the Academic Board members is to:

  • act in the best interests of the Board and the University
  • bring their own unique talents and insights and the interests of other members of the University community to the Board
  • be the point of contact between the University and 
    • the faculty, school, department or discipline
    • industry groups, including corporate, government and non-government; and
    • the community.
  • participate in the decision-making process including acknowledging and volunteering their time and expertise for Academic Board committees, reviews and working groups.

To further understand their role and duties, the University Secretariat has developed the Academic Board Handbook (pdf, 76KB) and Academic Board induction session (pdf, 915KB).

Academic Board committees assist and advise the Academic Board in ensuring the maintenance of the highest standards and quality in teaching, scholarship and research in the University of Sydney.

University staff members may access minutes and submit agenda items via the staff intranet.

Academic Quality Committee

The Academic Quality Committee advises the Academic Board on receipt of reports on the quality of, and current standards in teaching, scholarship and research.

Academic Standards and Policy Committee

The Academic Standards and Policy Committee assists and advises the Academic Board in ensuring the maintenance of the highest standards and quality in teaching, scholarship and research in the University of Sydney.

Graduate Studies Committee

The Graduate Studies Committee advises the Academic Board about resolutions, policy and procedures relating to postgraduate study at the University and determines postgraduate matters, including the approval of new and amended courses.

Undergraduate Studies Committee

The Undergraduate Studies Committee advises the Academic Board about resolutions, policy and procedures relating to undergraduate study at the University and determines undergraduate matters, including the approval of new and amended courses.

Board of Interdisciplinary Studies

The Board of Interdisciplinary Studies manages the Bachelor of Advanced Studies, the curriculum of the new Open Learning Environment and the majors, minors and units of study offered in the shared pool.

Composition and membership

The composition of the Academic Board is defined by Part 3 of the University of Sydney (Academic Board) Rule 2017.

Position Member
Academic Board Chair Associate Professor Tony Masters
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence AC
Deputy Vice-Chancellors

Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Stephen Garton

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Professor Philippa Pattison

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) 

Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar) 

Vacant

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) 

Professor Duncan Ivison 
Pro-Vice-Chancellors

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education - Enterprise and Engagement)

Professor Richard Miles

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) 

Professor Kathy Belov

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research - Engagement and Enterprise)

Associate Professor Eric Knight

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Collaborations and Partnerships)

Professor Laurent Rivory

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Student Life)

Professor Susanna Scarparo
Faculty Deans

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 

Professor Annamarie Jagose

University of Sydney Business School 

Professor Gregory Whitwell
Faculty of Engineering Professor Willy Zwaenepoel

Faculty of Health Sciences

Professor Kathryn Refshauge

Faculty of Medicine and Health

Professor Robyn Ward AM

Faculty of Science

Professor Iain Young
University School Deans

Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

Professor Robyn Dowling

Sydney Law School 

Professor Simon Bronitt

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Professor Anna Reid
Director, University Libraries

Lisa McIntosh 

Director, Student Administrative Services   
Two representatives nominated by the Heads of School Committee  Professor Yixu Lu
Vacant
Two representatives nominated by the Faculty Academic Services Committee Leah Hill
Adrienne Sach
President, Students’ Representative Council Jacky He
Two undergraduate students nominated by the executive of the Students’ Representative Council Sean Perry
Chanum Torres
President, Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association

Yanning Bai

Two postgraduate students nominated by the executive of the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association Xiner Yuan
Wang Di
Member and Faculty/University school
Sydney School of Architecture, Design & Planning
Associate Professor Wendy Davis
Associate Professor Sandra Loschke 
Dr Matthew Mindrup
One vacant position
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Associate Professor Judy Anderson
Sydney School of Education and Social Work
Associate Professor Salvatore Babones
School of Social and Political Sciences
Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark
School of Economics
Associate Professor Pablo Guillen Alvarez
School of Economics
Associate Professor Melissa Hardie
School of Literature, Art and Media
Dr Christopher Hartney
School of Literature, Art and Media
Associate Professor Nicole Mockler
Sydney School of Education and Social Work
Dr Fernanda Penaloza
School of Languages and Cultures
Dr Matthew Smith
School of Economics
Associate Professor Bronwyn Winter
School of Languages and Cultures
Two vacant positions
University of Sydney Business School
Dr Amanda Budde-Sung
Patty Kamvounias
Associate Professor Susan McGrath-Champ
Associate Professor Juliette Overland
Associate Professor Maurice Peat
Associate Professor Catherine Sutton-Brady
Dr Ulku Yuksel
Vacant (Level E)
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Dr Alan Maddox
Dr Paul Rickard-Ford
Associate Professor Jennifer Rowley
Dr Narelle Yeo
University of Sydney School of Dentistry
Dr Kimberly Mathieu Coulton
Dr Susie Dracopoulos
Professor Joerg Eberhard
Dr Jinlong Gao
Dr Michelle Irving
Dr Shanika Nanayakkara
Vacant
Vacant (Level E)
Faculty of Engineering
Professor Alan Fekete
School of Computer Science
Dr Ali Hadigheh
School of Civil Engineering
Associate Professor Marjorie Valix
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Dr Gareth Vio
School of Aernautical, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Associate Professor Tim Wilkinson
School of Civil Engineering
One vacant position specific to School of Electrical and Information Engineering
Two vacant positions
Faculty of Health Sciences
Associate Professor Steven Cumming
Professor Maria Fiatarone Singh
Dr Melanie Keep
Dr Peter Kench
Professor Tricia McCabe
Associate Professor Rhonda Orr
Associate Professor Evangelos Pappas
Dr Justin Scanlan
University of Sydney Law School
Professor Mary Crock
Tanya Mitchell
Professor Rita Shackel
Dr Rayner Thwaites
The University of Sydney School of Medicine
Dr Joanna Diong
School of Medical Sciences
Associate Professor Alexander Engel
Dr Alan Freeman
School of Medical Sciences
Professor Mark Gorrell
Professor Manuel Graeber
School of Medical Sciences
Associate Professor Steven Kamper
Sydney School of Public Health
Associate Professor Annette Katelaris
Dr Chia-chi Liu
Dr Slade Matthews
Associate Professor Lenka Munoz
School of Medical Sciences
Two vacant positions
University of Sydney Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery
Associate Professor Jacqueline Bloomfield
Professor Robyn Gallagher
Six vacant positions
University of Sydney School of Pharmacy
Associate Professor Betty Chaar
Associate Professor Thomas Grewal
Professor Jane Hanrahan
Jennifer Ong
Dr Carl Schneider
Associate Professor Nial Wheate
Two vacant positions
Faculty of Science
Associate Professor Helen Agus
School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Professor Sally Andrews
School of Psychology
Professor Geoff Clarke
School of Geosciences
Professor Ofer Gal (HPS)
Dr Claudia Keitel
School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Associate Professor Michael Kertesz
School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Dr Arunima Malik
School of Physics
Associate Professor John O'Byrne
School of Physics
Dr James Parkinson
School of Mathematics and Statistics
Associate Professor Patrice Rey
School of Geosciences
Associate Professor Siegbert Schmid
School of Chemistry
Dr Bianca Waud
Sydney School of Veterinary Science

Member and faculty/University school

Category

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Natasha Arthars

Higher degree research

Yasodara Puhule-Gamayalage

Undergraduate

Benedict Waldner

Postgraduate

One vacant position

 

University of Sydney Business School

Sarah Purvis

Undergraduate

David Lau

Postgraduate

Faculty of Engineering

Frank Fei

Undergraduate

Wenjun (Jane) Lyu

Postgraduate

Faculty of Health Sciences 

One vacant position

Undergraduate

Gu Yu

Higher degree research

Faculty of Medicine and Health

Katherine Tu

Undergraduate

Ardalan Mirzaei

Postgraduate

Joshua Preece

Postgraduate

Yeon Jae Kim

Higher degree research

Faculty of Science

Claire Birch

Undergraduate

Jett Ciao Ho

Undergraduate

Rengen Parlane

Undergraduate

Narjis Fatima

Higher degree research

Sydney Law School

Nick Yuen

Undergraduate

Sarah Lothian

Higher degree research

Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

Jodie Chieu

Undergraduate

Amir Taheri

Higher degree research

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Michael Kallidis 

Undergraduate

One vacant position

Postgraduate

Co-opted from 30 April 2018 through 31 December 2019.

Role Member

Head of School and Dean, Sydney Dental School

Professor Heiko Spallek

Head of School and Dean, Sydney Medical School

Professor Arthur Conigrave

Head of School and Dean, Sydney Nursing School 

Professor Donna Waters

Head of School and Dean, Sydney Pharmacy School

Professor Andrew McLachlan AM

Contact

Alyssa White

Manager Governance (Senate & Academic Board)
Address
  • Level 5 Corner of Eastern Avenue and City Road Administration Building F23