Academic Senate and its Committees

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. 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:

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

Senate Communique

Academic Senate meeting dates

Each year UON sets the cycle of meetings for Academic Senate and their respective committees.

View and download the 2019 Academic Senate Meeting Calendar.

The calendar includes Academic Senate meeting dates, Council meeting dates, Committee meeting dates and other key University dates like graduations and holidays.

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 Meeting Dates

Academic Senate papers and minutes

Academic Senate agendas, papers and minutes can be found here. (staff login required)

Senate Constitution

Report Template and Resources

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

View the Academic Senate Standing Orders and Constitution of the Academic Senate Rule.

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

Who to contact

Academic Senate Ziah Elliott, Council Secretariat Officer
Teaching and Learning Committee Ziah Elliott, Council Secretariat Officer
Research Committee Renae Morgan, Council Support Officer
Faculty Boards Faculty Board Secretary
Program and Course Approval Committee

Cathie Shanahan, Senior Manager Academic Administration