Academic Senate and its Committees
Academic 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 number 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.
Academic Senate committees
To help deal effectively with specialised issues, Academic Senate is supported by the below committees:
- 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.
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 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.
Academic Senate papers and minutes
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries regarding papers and minutes.
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.
Who to contact
|Academic Senate||Ziah Elliott, Council Secretariat Officer|
|Teaching and Learning Committee||Ziah Elliott, Council Secretariat Officer|
|Research Committee||Renae Morgan, Council Secretariat Officer|
|Program and Course Approval Committee||Cathie Shanahan, Senior Manager Academic Administration|
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-Committee||Gareth Patterson, Manager Operations|