Academic Senate

Academic SenateAcademic Senate is responsible for protecting, promoting and enhancing academic standards and quality at UON 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 series of committees and is also supported by Faculty Boards. It 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 Meeting Dates

Academic Senate meeting dates, agendas & minutes

Academic Senate meets regularly and these meetings are scheduled at the beginning of each year. Find the meeting dates, locations, times and agendas for Academic Senate here.

Senate Committees

Academic Senate Committees

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

  • Teaching and Learning Committee;
  • Research Committee;
  • The Program and Course Approval Committee; and
  • Faculty Boards.

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

Senate Communique

Latest news from Academic Senate

If you would like to know what is discussed and decided at an Academic Senate meeting you can read the latest Academic Senate Communique, released after each meeting. It features news, updates and outcomes from Academic Senate and is designed to provide staff and students with key highlights from the meeting.

Senate Members

Meet the Members

Meet the members of Academic Senate. Most members are elected by UON’s academic staff. Other members are elected student members, or ex-officio which means they are part of Academic Senate because of their position at UON rather than being directly elected or appointed by a vote.

Senate Constitution

Resources and Report Template

Papers for Academic Senate and its Committees should be prepared on a specific template. Access the approved Academic Senate Report Template here.

Click here to access useful staff resources.

Who to contact

Academic Senate Sheelagh Callaghan, Council Secretariat Officer
Teaching and Learning Committee Ziah Elliott, Council Secretariat Officer
Research Committee Una Harris, Council Support Officer
Faculty Boards Faculty Board Secretary
Program and Course Approval Committee

Cathie Shanahan, Senior Manager Academic Administration