Academic Senate and its Committees

Academic SenateAcademic 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.

Council delegates specific powers to Academic Senate for example approving and amending academic polices, approving exams results and completion requirements for degrees, introducing new programs and courses, and revising and discontinuing programs. In summary, all academic related matters are debated, discussed and resolved by Academic Senate or sent on to Council for its consideration.

To help it make decisions, Academic Senate has a number of committees and is also supported by the Faculty Boards.

Academic Senate meets regularly and operates in accordance with the Constitution of the Academic Senate, the University of Newcastle Act 1989, and the University of Newcastle By-law 2017 which set out the powers and functions of the University and how these must be performed.

Senate Committees

Academic Senate committees

To help deal effectively with specialised issues, Academic Senate is supported by the below committees:

Learn more about each committee, committee members and meeting dates here.

Senate Meeting Dates

Academic Senate meeting dates

View and download the 2020 Meeting Calendar which includes Academic Senate and it's respective committees meeting dates and other key University dates like graduations and holidays.

Academic Senate members

Meet the members of Academic Senate.

Most members are elected by academic staff and other members are elected student members or ex-officio members which means they are part of Academic Senate because of their position at the University.

Senate Communique

Academic Senate Communique

Senate Constitution

Report Template, Resources and Papers and Minutes

Papers for Academic Senate, Research Committee and the Teaching and Learning Committee should be prepared on a specific template. Access the approved Academic Senate Report Template here.

View the relevant resources: Academic Senate Standing Orders, Constitution of the Academic Senate and Governance Rule

Please email for enquiries regarding meeting papers and minutes.

Who to contact

Academic Senate , Una Harris or Zoe Ward
Teaching and Learning Committee or Una Harris
Research Committee or Renae Morgan
Program and Course Approval CommitteeCathie Shanahan or Melanie Barlow

Faculty Boards

Faculty of Business and Law -

Faculty of Education and Arts -

Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment -

Faculty of Health and Medicine -

Faculty of Science -

Research Training Sub-CommitteeGareth Patterson, Manager Operations