UNE Indigenous Engagement Committee (UNEIEC)

The Purpose of the Committee

The UNE Indigenous Engagement Committee is a Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee and is the governance committee of the University in regards to the development, implementation, progression and evaluation of the University of New England’s Indigenous education, employment and research strategies. See the Committee Terms of Reference.


Call for Submissions from Indigenous Community, Students and Staff

As its first formal action, the Committee would like to call for submissions from Indigenous Community, Students and Staff on any matter relating to any aspect of Indigenous inclusion at UNE.

Submissions may be lodged via the Discussion Board and should be submitted by January 14, 2019.

Once submission have been received and considered, the Committee will develop a workplan, and this will be published on the Committee webpage by March 2019. The Committee will post regular updates on all issues it considers on its webpage. Further communications mechanism will be developed as part of the Committees first workplan.

If you would prefer to mail in your submission please send it to: Office of the Vice Chancellor, University of New England, Armidale NSW 2351. Enquiries should be emailed to uneiec@une.edu.au.


Terms of Reference

The UNE Indigenous Engagement Committee will endorse the following UNE strategies:

  • UNE Indigenous Education Strategy
  • UNE Indigenous Employment Strategy
  • UNE Indigenous Research Strategy
  • UNE Indigenous Research Integrity

The Committee will report to the Vice-Chancellor and will advise on matters relating to Indigenous education, employment and research.

The Committee has the capacity to seek reports on Indigenous matters from any work unit within the University.

To progress Indigenous inclusion across the University, the UNE Indigenous Engagement Committee will:

  • Consult widely, frequently and effectively amongst the UNE Indigenous Stakeholder Community
  • Consider any matter relating to Indigenous inclusion at UNE
  • Monitor the development and implementation, and ultimately endorse all relevant Indigenous strategies, for approval by the University
  • Establish, as necessary, any sub-committees or working groups for the purpose of providing specialist advice on any Indigenous matter relevant to the Committee
  • Refer for action or advice any relevant matter to the Vice Chancellor for implementation via the senior executive of the University.

Terms of reference to be reviewed annually.

Composition and Membership

The UNE Indigenous Engagement Committee for 2019 & 2020 will comprise of:

  • Dr Lorina Barker, Chair, Senior Indigenous Academic
  • Mr Michael Brogan, Co-Chair, Senior Indigenous Research Fellow
  • Mr Colin Ahoy, Elder in Residence, UNE
  • Ms Hayley Ford, Indigenous Researcher Support Officer

UNE Indigenous Stakeholder Community

The committee will consult with, and rely upon, and report back to, a large stakeholder group, which will include the following:

  • Indigenous Elders of the Northern Region of NSW, and beyond.
  • Indigenous Communities of the Northern Region of NSW, and beyond.
  • Indigenous students at UNE
  • Indigenous Academic staff at UNE
  • Indigenous Professional staff at UNE
  • Oorala Aboriginal Centre
  • Indigenous Employment Officer(s)
  • Indigenous Staff supporting Indigenous students at UNE

Procedural Matters

Term of Office

The term of office for a member of the UNE Indigenous Engagement Committee will be for two years. However, in recognition of the work UNE needs to do around increasing numbers of Indigenous Academic staff, it may be necessary to extend terms beyond two years. It will be at the discretion of the Committee to put such requests to the Vice Chancellor after consultation with stakeholders. Any decision to extend will be communicated effectively and transparently to the UNE Indigenous Stakeholder community.

Quorum

The quorum shall be three members of the Committee, with at least one of those members being Chair, or Co-Chair.

Frequency of Meetings

The Committee shall meet as required.