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 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.
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.
Academic Senate meeting dates
Each year UON sets the cycle of meetings for Academic Senate and their respective committees.
The calendar includes Academic Senate meeting dates, Council meeting dates, Committee meeting dates and other key University dates like graduations and holidays.
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.
Academic Senate papers and minutes
Academic Senate agendas, papers and minutes can be found here. (staff login required)
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.
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||Zoe Ward, 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|