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Good governance is essential for the University's long-term performance, sustainability and reputational strength. A strong governance framework enables us all to make good decisions that protect the University’s interests and help us achieve our organisational objectives efficiently, effectively, ethically and in compliance with relevant laws.
Council is the University's most senior decision-making body responsible for the oversight, management and development of strategic plans and key policies.
Council has a number of standing committees that meet regularly. These committees are skills-based bodies designed to deal with specific matters and include People and Culture Committee, Chancellor's Committee, Controlled and Associated Entities Committee, Finance Committee, Nominations and Governance Committee, Risk Committee and the Development Committee.
Academic Senate is responsible for protecting, promoting and enhancing academic standards and quality at the University and advises Council on core academic activities including teaching, learning and research, through its President, who is also Council member. To help deal effectively with specialised issues, Academic Senate is supported by Teaching and Learning Committee; Research Committee; The Program and Course Approval Committee; Pathways and Learning Support Centre and College Boards.
Providing advice to the Vice-Chancellor on matters of strategic and operational significance, the primary role of the Executive Committee is to define and focus the Strategic Direction of the University in line with the Strategic Plan, and prioritise operational decisions according to this framework.
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.