Research Committee

The Research Committee of Academic Board is a key governance committee of the University which oversees and reports to the Academic Board on the Academic Governance of research and research training at the University.

The Research Committee will provide assurance (or otherwise) to the Academic Board that processes and structures are established and responsibilities are assigned that collectively:

  • achieve effective academic oversight of the quality of research and research training
  • set and monitor institutional benchmarks for academic quality and outcomes
  • establish and maintain academic leadership at an institutional level, consistent with the types and levels of higher education offered, and
  • provide competent advice to the Academic Board and management on academic matters, including advice on academic outcomes, policies and practices.

The Research Committee will provide assurance (or otherwise) to the Academic Board that academic oversight assures the quality of research and research training effectively, including by:

  • developing, monitoring and reviewing academic policies and their effectiveness
  • confirming that delegations of academic authority are implemented
  • critically scrutinising, approving and accrediting or advising on approving and accrediting, courses of study and their associated qualifications
  • maintaining oversight of academic and research integrity, including monitoring of potential risks
  • monitoring and initiating action to improve performance against institutional benchmarks for academic quality and outcomes
  • critically evaluating the quality and effectiveness of educational innovations or proposals for innovations
  • evaluating the effectiveness of institutional monitoring, review and improvement of academic activities, and
  • monitoring and reporting to the Academic Board on the quality of research and research training.

To the extent it relates to research or research training, the Research Committee will provide assurance (or otherwise) to the Academic Board that Students have opportunities to participate in Academic Governance.

The Research Committee will consider new University rules and policies that are developed in relation to research or research training, and any replacement or major changes to them. If the rule or policy is considered to be in order then the Research Committee will recommend it to the Academic Board for endorsement.

The Research Committee may exercise such other authority as may be delegated to Research Committee in a University Rule.

The terms of reference for the Research Committee provides further information on the membership, functions and focus of the committee.

Membership

Member

Name

Process

Timeframe

Chair (Faculty Associate Dean Research)

Professor Jane Edwards

Appointed by Chair Academic Board

3 years

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Prof Heiko Daniel

ex officio

for the period they hold the ex officio role

Deputy Chair of Academic Board (non-Teaching & Learning Committee member)

Associate Professor Amy Lykins

ex officio

for the period they hold the ex officio role

Chair of Academic Board (or nominee)

Professor Mark Perry

ex officio

for the period they hold the ex officio role

Chair of University’s ethics committees

Dr Stuart Cairns (Animal Ethics)

Professor Helen Ware (Human Research Ethics)

ex officio

for the period they hold the ex officio role

Chair of the SABL Faculty Research Advisory Committee (FRAC)

Professor Lewis Kahn

ex officio

for the period they hold the ex officio role

Chair of the HASSE Faculty Research Advisory Committee (FRAC)

Professor Jane Edwards

ex officio

for the period they hold the ex officio role

Chair of the Medicine & Health Faculty Research Advisory Committee (FRAC)

Professor Hugh Barrett

ex officio

for the period they hold the ex officio role

Chair of Graduate Research Committee

Dr Philip Thomas

ex officio

for the period they hold the ex officio role

University Librarian (or nominee)

Mrs Blanca Pizzani

ex officio

for the period they hold the ex officio role

Director of a research centre outside Faculties

Dr Robert Banks (AGBU)

Appointed by DVCR

3 years

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander staff member or HDR current student

Mr Michael Brogan

Appointed by Research Committee after call for expressions of interest

3 years

Early career researcher

Dr Valentina Gosetti

Appointed by Research Committee after call for expressions of interest

3 years

HDR current student

Ms Angelika Heurich

Appointed by Chair of Research Committee after consultation with relevant student rep bodies

3 years

Meeting Dates

2018

The final meeting for 2018 will be held on Wednesday, 14 November, 11.00am - 1.00pm.

2019

  1. Wednesday, 20 March 2019
  2. Wednesday, 22 May 2019
  3. Wednesday, 17 July 2019
  4. Wednesday, 18 September 2019
  5. Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Research Committee meetings are held in the Council Room, Booloominbah (S011) from 11.00am to 1.00pm, unless otherwise advised.