Academic Senate is the primary forum for debate on academic issues in the University and has a major role in academic quality assurance processes.
The Academic Senate has the mission to protect, promote and enhance the excellence of the University's core academic activities – teaching, learning and research.
The majority of the members of the Academic Senate are elected by the academic staff of the University. Other members are elected student members, or ex-officio.
The Academic Senate reports to the Council through its President, who is a Council member.
- Academic Senate standing orders (PDF, 71KB) - these are the rules that apply in all meetings of Academic Senate and its committees, including faculty boards
Academic Senate committees and working parties
Faculty boards encourage and supervise faculty teaching, assessment and research activities. They are responsible for approving academic content of new courses, faculty procedures, and management of schools within the faculty.
The Program and Course Approval Committee is the main advisory committee to the Academic Senate on all programs and courses. It provides advice on the development, revision and review of programs and courses.
The Teaching and Learning Committee provides advice to Academic Senate on the quality of teaching and learning to ensure high academic standards and to support the strategic directions of the University.
Faculty teaching and learning committees provide input and representation to the Teaching and Learning Committee.
The Research Committee advises Academic Senate on strategic policy, planning, quality assurance and performance in relation to research, research training and research development.
Faculty research committees provide input and representation to the Research Committee.