Governance and management
At UON we are committed to ensuring our governance practices embody our purpose, strategy and values, fulfil our statutory functions effectively, and meet public expectations of probity, accountability and transparency.
We foster a culture that values high ethical standards, personal and institutional integrity and respect for others. We live our values and adhere to the standards set by our Code of Conduct when dealing with each other, our students and other stakeholders.
Good governance is the responsibility of Council and our senior management team, and good governance principles are embedded throughout the University community.
Basis of authority
The University of Newcastle is a statutory body established under the University of Newcastle Act 1989 NSW (the Act). The Act and the University of Newcastle Bylaw 2005 NSW (the By-law) set out the powers and functions of the University and how these must be performed.
Under Section 6 of the Act, the object of the University is the promotion, within the limits of the University’s resources, of scholarship, research, free enquiry, the interaction of research and teaching, and academic excellence. In the provision of these educational and research facilities the University has particular regard to the needs of the Hunter region, the Central Coast and surrounding areas.
In 2015, the Council members governed and represented the interests of the University to be a global leader in its spheres of achievement. Council contributed to the University’s vision, engaged with partners, supported the world class innovation and strengthened relationships with its regional communities through its expertise in a diverse range of areas including higher education, strategy, financial, commercial, international, risk, legal and major project oversight. Council member vacancies are filled by appointment or election.
Mr P.E. (Paul) Jeans, Chancellor, BE(UNSW), FIEAust, FAICD
Professor Caroline McMillen, Vice-Chancellor and President, MA(Oxon), DPhil(Oxon), MB, BChir(Cantab), FAHMS
Professor Mark Jones, President of Academic Senate BSc(Hons), PhD(CNAA, UK), FIMechE, CEng, FIEAust, CPEng
External members appointed by the Minister for up to 4 years
Conjoint Professor Geoff Lilliss, BE (Hons), MBA(Merit)(Newcastle), FIEAust, MAICD - Council member appointed to 31/8/2018
Mr Robert Kennedy, BEc (ANU), FCPA - Council member appointed to 31/1/2017
External members appointed by Council for up to 4 years
Ms Dianne Allen, Deputy Chancellor, BCom(Newcastle), FCA, GAICD, AMICDA - Council member appointed to 31/12/2018
Mr Peter Cockbain AM, BScEng(Newcastle), Hon FIE Aust, CPEng, FTSE - Council member resigned 9/2/2015
Ms Jann Gardner, BA, LLB(Sydney), MBA(Newcastle), GAICD - Council member appointed to 31/12/2016
Mr Brian Kennaugh, BBus(Newcastle), MAICD - Council member term concluded 31/12/2015
Ms Michelle McPherson, BBus(Accounting)(UTS), CA, GAICD - Council member appointed to 31/12/2017
Ms Deborah Wright, MBA(SCU), DipTeach(Newcastle), FAMI, CPM, AIMM, MAICD - Council member appointed to 31/12/2018
Mr John Bowers, BCom(Hons 1), MCom(Newcastle), AM(Harvard), CFA - Council member appointed to 13/8/2017
Mr Doug Dean AM, BCom(Newcastle), FCPA, FAIM, FICD - Council member appointed to 13/8/2017
Academic staff members – elected for up to 2 years
Professor Pablo Moscato, BSc(La Plata, Argentina), PhD(UNICAMP, Brazil) - Council member appointed to 31/8/2016
Dr Roslyn Larkin, BBus(Hons), PhD(Newcastle) - Council member appointed to 31/8/2016
Non-academic staff members – elected for up to 2 years
Ms Nerida Lithgow, BA(Newcastle) - Council member resigned 12/2/2015
Mr Michael Robertson, MTEM (Melb), B.Ed(Music)(Honours Class I) , DipMgmt, AdvDipMgmt - Council member appointed to 31/8/2016
Student member – elected for a term of 1 year
Mr Vivak Bhavitheren (Bhavi) Ravindran GAICD - Council member term concluded 31/12/2015
The UON Council has an established committee structure to assist with exercising its authority, including monitoring the performance of UON to gain assurance that the organisation is meeting its strategic and overall performance objectives.
Members may attend all committee meetings with rights of audience and debate with the exception of the Chancellor’s Committee.
Academic Senate is established under Part 3, Division 2, Section 15 of the Act.
The Academic Senate is the principal academic body of UON and is the primary forum for debate on academic issues in the University.
The principal responsibility of the Academic Senate is to promote and enhance the excellence of the core academic activities in our institution - teaching and research. It approves and amends academic policies, and has a major role in academic quality assurance processes.
Academic Senate is supported by committees in specialised areas to ensure that ongoing consideration is given to key issues.
These committees are the Program and Course Approval Committee, the Teaching and Learning Committee, the Research Committee and the five Faculty Boards. Each committee is made up of faculty representatives. People with expertise in the focus areas of the committee are also invited to participate.
Professor Mark Jones commenced his term of President of Academic Senate on 1 January 2014.
For further information about Academic Senate program development please see the Appendices.
The Vice-Chancellor and President is the Principal Executive Officer of the University with responsibility for strategic direction, operation and management of the University, and chairs the University’s Executive Committee.
Vice-Chancellor and President
Professor Caroline McMillen MA(Oxon), DPhil(Oxon), MB, BChir(Cantab), FAHMS
Pro Vice-Chancellor Health and Medicine
Laureate Professor John Aitken BSc, MSc, PhD(Cantab), ScD(Cantab), FSRB, FRSE, FAA
Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching
Professor Liz Burd BEd(Hons)(CNAA), PG Cert, MSc, DPhil(York) PhD(Dunelm), FHEA, SMIEEE
Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and Law
Professor Richard Dunford BCA, BA(Hons)(Well) PhD(ANU)
Chief Financial Officer
Mr Paul Dunn BCom(Newcastle), FCPA
Pro Vice-Chancellor International and Advancement
Mrs Winnie Eley BEd(Hons), MBA(Nottingham)
Pro Vice-Chancellor Education and Arts
Professor John Germov BA(Chisholm), MA(Sociology)(Monash), PhD(Newcastle)
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation
Professor Kevin Hall BSc(Hons), MSc(Queens), PhD(UNSW)
Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation
Professor Deborah Hodgson BA(Hons), MSc(Macquarie), PhD(Macquarie), Registered Psychologist
Chief Operating Officer
Mr Nat McGregor BCom(Newcastle), MBA(Deakin), DipFinSvs(Risk Mgt), GAICD, CPA
Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor Science and IT
Professor Eileen McLaughlin BSc(Hons)(Glasgow) PhD(Bristol), FSRB (Term as PVC concluded 6/11/2015)
Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor Science and IT
Professor Mick McManus B.Pharm(Curtain), PhD(UWA)
Pro Vice-Chancellor Engineering and Built Environment
Professor Brett Ninness BEng, MEng, PhD(Newcastle)
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic
Professor Andrew Parfitt BE(Hons), PhD, FIEAust, SMIEEE, GAICD