24 November 2017 Meeting Outcomes

News and updates from UON’s Council Meeting: 24 November 2017

Chancellor Paul JeansChairs of Academic Boards and Senates conference

Chairs of Academic Boards and Senates from across Australia attended the conference, which was hosted by the University of Newcastle on 9-11 October 2017.

The three-day program provided a forum for attendees to discuss industry specific topics including: Academic Governance in times of change, Academic Board Innovation, the student experience, Academic Integirty, Compliance, and Inclusiveness and decision-making.

It was widely recognised as a highly successful, productive and enjoyable conference.


Premier's Prizes for Science and Engineering

On Monday 23 October, the Chancellor attended a reception held at Government House to celebrate the Premier's Prizes for Science and Engineering.

Associate Professor Sarah Johnson was named the category winner for Excellence in Engineering and Information and Communications Technology, and Dr Susan Hua was named NSW Early Career Researcher of the Year.

The awards recognise excellence in science and engineering, and seek to reward outstanding researchers for cutting-edge work in these fields.


Central Coast graduates Graduation ceremonies

During October the Chancellor attended the University's graduation ceremonies.

Congratulations to all who graduated during these ceremonies.


Decision to retireVice Chancellor

The Vice-Chancellor thanked the University and broader community for their warm wishes in response to the announcement of her decision to retire in October 2018.

The search for the University's eighth Vice-Chancellor will begin shortly.


International Strategy

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Advancement) and the Director International Enrolments and Partnerships gave a presentation on the implementation of the University’s International Strategy.

Council supported the initiatives presented, and discussed opportunities to continue to achieve growth in this area.


Overall Education Strategy

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) presented a report, which emphasised the need for pedagogy-driven technology and the importance of supporting and developing the University’s staff to support the education redesign.

Consideration was also given to the student journey and the university's online learning strategy.


Digital Strategy Update

The Chief Information Officer provided an update on the university's digital strategy.

He outlined the recent progress in IT project governance, the emphasis on strategic partnerships and alliance frameworks, cyber security, and the initiatives to review and enhance the University’s IT capability and operating model.



Council appointed member of Council and re-elected Deputy Chancellor

Council congratulated Ms Dianne Allen, who has been re-elected to UON’s Council and re-elected as Deputy Chancellor.

Learn more about Dianne Allen.


Student Member of Council

Elections were held recently to appoint a student member to Council for a one-year term.

Mr Vivak Bhavitheren (Bhavi) Ravindran was elected by students as a student Council member for a one year term commencing 1 January 2018.


2018 Budget

The Council discussed the proposed budget, taking into consideration current student load targets, business costs and expenditure figures.

Subject to reviews in investments and expenditure across the organisation, the proposed 2018 budget was supported by Council.


Chairs of the seven Council committees provided verbal updates from their respective meetings.

Committees

Here's a brief summary of the top level highlights.

Nominations and Governance Committee

  • Productive discussion on the Alumni Advisory Committee.

Controlled and Associated Entities Committee

  • Discussion on the future direction of NUsport.
  • Focus on aligning UON Singapore's activities with the University’s International Strategy.

Risk Committee

  • A very full agenda with a great level of discussion about strategic risks.

Finance Committee

  • Engagement with the Audit Office in relation to the 2017 audit process.

Strategic Development Committee

  • Consideration of the NeW Futures Capital Investment Program.
  • Discussion on the University’s Environmental Sustainability Plan and Energy Strategy Update.

People and Culture Committee

  • The importance of supporting a culture of health and safety leadership.

Summary of Council's formal resolutions

ITEM: Chancellor's Report

Council resolved to note the verbal update from the Chancellor

ITEM: Vice-Chancellor’s Report

Council resolved to note the report from the Vice-Chancellor on strategic issues and activities

ITEM: Research and Innovation Update

Council resolved to note the verbal research and innovation update from the Vice-Chancellor.

ITEM: International Strategy Update

Council resolved to note the International Strategy Update provided by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Advancement) and the Director International Enrolments and Partnerships.

ITEM: Overall Education Strategy

Council resolved to note the Draft UON Education Re-design: Incorporating a NeW Education Framework.

ITEM: Digital Strategy Update

Council resolved to note the status update on the delivery of the NEW IT Strategy 2017-2025.

ITEM: FY2018 Budget

Council resolved to approve the 2018 Budget, subject to the Executive taking the actions identified by the Council.

ITEM: Long Term Financial Plan

Council resolved to note the revised Long Term Financial Plan 2017.

ITEM: Quarter 3 Corporate Performance Report

Council resolved to note the Quarter Three (Q3) 2017 UON Corporate Performance Report.

ITEM: Draft 2018 UoN Corporate Plan

Council resolved to approve the 2018 UON Corporate Plan.

ITEM: TUNRA Appointment of Independent Director

Council resolved to note the verbal update from the Vice-Chancellor on the appointment of an independent TUNRA director.

ITEM: Council Membership

Council resolved to:

  1. congratulate Mr Vivak Bhavitheren (Bhavi) Ravindran on his election as the member of the Council elected by the students, for a one year term commencing 1 January 2018;
  2. note the upcoming vacancies in Council membership;
  3. reappoint Ms Dianne Allen as an external Council-appointed member of the Council for a further term of 2 years from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020.

ITEM: Deputy Chancellor - Election Process for March 2018

Council resolved to confirm Ms Dianne as duly re-elected Deputy Chancellor for a further 2 year term with effect from 31 March 2018.

ITEM: Council  Governance Workshop Agenda

Council resolved to approve the agenda for the Council Governance Workshop to be held on 8 December 2017, with the changes requested by the Council.

ITEM: Academic Senate – President’s Update

Council resolved to note the President of the Academic Senate's verbal report in relation to the Academic Senate meeting held on 15 November 2017.

ITEM: Nominations and Governance Committee - Chair's Update

Council resolved to note the Chair's verbal report in relation to the Nominations and Governance Committee meeting held on 8 November 2017.

ITEM: Controlled and Associated Entities Committee - Chair's Update

Council resolved to note the Chair's verbal report in relation to the Controlled and Associated Entities Committee meeting held on 8 November 2017.

ITEM: Risk Committee - Chair's Update

Council resolved to note the Chair's verbal report in relation to the Risk Committee meeting held on 8 November 2017.

ITEM: Finance Committee - Chair's Update

Council resolved to note the Chair's verbal report in relation to the Finance Committee meeting held on 9 November 2017.

ITEM: Strategic Development Committee - Chair's Update

Council resolved to note the Chair's verbal report in relation to the Strategic Development Committee meeting held on 9 November 2017.

ITEM: People and Culture Committee - Chair's Update

Council resolved to note the Chair's verbal report in relation to the People and Culture Committee meeting held on 9 November 2017.

ITEM: Annual Commercial Activities Report

Council resolved to:

  1. note the Chief Financial Officer’s update on Commercial Activities for 2017 and the revised dates for completion of outstanding business cases or completed business review; and
  2. approve the addition of Student Accommodation to the Register of Commercial Activities.

ITEM:  2018 - 2020 Internal Audit Program Plan

Council resolved to approve the Internal Audit Plan for 2018 - 2020 report.

ITEM: Academic Senate Matters for Council consideration

Council resolved to note the:

  1. approval by the Academic Senate at its meeting on 15 November, 2017 for the establishment of the following awards:
    1. Master of Business Administration (Global);
    2. Master of Nurse Practitioner;
    3. Master of Nurse Practitioner (Mental Health);
    4. Master of Education [40138]; and
    5. Graduate Certificate in Education [40139];
  2. re-establishment of the Master of Nursing award;
  3. disestablishment of the following awards:
    1. Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) [11682];
    2. Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) [11383];
    3. Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) [12244];
    4. Master of Educational Studies [40012]; and
    5. Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies [12365];
  4. Council resolved to approve that authority be granted to the University Secretary to amend the following Rules and Schedules to reflect the establishment and disestablishment of awards;
    1. Rule Listing Awards [000951]
    2. Rules Governing Academic Dress [000399]
    3. Masters Degree (Coursework) (including models for 160, 120, 80) – Awards and Programs Schedule; and
    4. Graduate Certificate – Awards and Programs Schedule – 001023 (Doc D17/288944).
  5. Council resolved to note the Program and Course Approval Committee have recommended the discontinuation of the following programs:
    1. Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) [11682];
    2. Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) [11383];
    3. Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) [12244];
    4. Master of Educational Studies [40012]; and
    5. Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies [12365];
  6. Council resolved to note that the Vice-Chancellor and the Dean of Graduate Research under delegated authority [A9.3] confer the Higher Degree Research candidates to the degrees listed in documents RTSC 17.095, RTSC 17.101, RTSC 17.108, RTSC 17.119 and RTSC 17.125 (Doc D17/288944).

ITEM: Matters Reserved for Council and Council Committees Update

Council resolved to approve the:

  1. delegation of authority to the Vice-Chancellor to determine the annual Student Services  and Amenities Fee (SSAF), subject to the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (Commonwealth); and
  2. updated Matters Reserved for Council and Council Committees.

ITEM: Council Committee Minutes for noting

Council resolved to note the draft minutes from the Academic Senate meeting on 15 November 2017 were not available.

Counil resolved to note the unconfirmed minutes provided from the following committees:

  • People and Culture Committee
  • Nominations and Governance Committee
  • Controlled and Associated Entities Committee
  • Risk Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Strategic Development Committee

ITEM: Vote of thanks for Mr Phillip Johnson

Council resolved to:

  1. note that Mr Phillip (Phill) Johnson's term as a student-elected member of the Council will conclude on 31 December 2017; and
  2. thank Mr Johnson for his valuable contribution as a member of the Council and wish him well in his future endeavours.

Next Council meeting

Friday 9 February 2018.