University Committees

A vital part of TUSA’s representation work is to ensure that students have a direct say in how the University develops and behaves, by nominating students leaders to sit on University committees. Every major decision made at the University will be discussed on a committee at some point, which is why student representation is so important.

TUSA relies on our nominated committee members to keep us informed about discussions and decisions made by the University, so that we can continue to support and represent the interests of all students.

Academic Senate

Key Purpose:  The University of Tasmania Act has established an Academic Senate, with responsibility for advising the Council on all academic matters relating to the University.

Information on Academic Senate can be found here:

https://www.utas.edu.au/academic-governance/academic-senate/what-is-the-academic-senate

Meets: 7 meetings each year

Meeting Length: 4 hours

Student Members: 4

When & Where Held: Bi-monthly, rotating locations

Current Allocation:

  1. TUSA President: Braydon Broad
  2. Education President (Postgrad): Rohan Puri
  3. Education President (Undergrad): Elizabeth Joseph
  4. Education President (Online) : Jaspreet Sethi

ULTC (UNIVERSITY LEARNING AND TEACHING COMMITTEE)

Key Purpose: The University Learning and Teaching Committee oversees the learning and teaching goals of the University. It is central to the development and oversight of the University’s learning and teaching strategy and for the maintenance of excellence in learning and teaching.

The Terms of Reference for this committee can be found here: http://www.UTas.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/1088626/ULTC-Terms-of-Reference-approved-by-Academic-Senate-February-2017-1.pdf

Meets: Bi-monthly

Meeting Length: 2 hours

Student Members: 4

When & Where Held: Administration Building

Current Allocation:

  1. TUSA President: Braydon Broad
  2. Education President (Postgrad): Rohan Puri
  3. Education President (Undergrad): Elizabeth Joseph
  4. Education President (Online) : Jaspreet Sethi

TELT GG (TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED LEARNING AND TEACHING) GOVERNANCE GROUP - a subcommittee of ULTC

Key Purpose: TBA

Meets: 4 times a year

Meeting Length: 1 hour

Student Members: 2

When & Where Held: Sandy Bay

Current Allocation:

  1. Education President (Online) : Jaspreet Sethi
  2. President: Braydon Broad

UCUPC (UNIVERSITY COURSE AND UNIT PROPOSALS COMMITTEE)

Key Purpose: The University Course & Unit Proposals Committee is responsible for making recommendations to Academic Senate in relation to proposals for new pre-degree, undergraduate courses, and postgraduate coursework courses and significant amendments to existing courses.

The Terms of Reference for this committee can be found here: http://www.UTas.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/1088624/UCUPC-Terms-of-Reference.pdf

Meets: Monthly, though additional meetings are regularly called

Meeting Length: 3 hours

Student Members: 1

When & Where Held: Council Room & VC Meeting Room

Current Allocation:

1. Deputy President: Elizabeth Joseph

SEC (STUDENT EXPERIENCE COMMITTEE)

Key Purpose: In alignment with the University’s Learning and Teaching, Student Experience and Student Support Strategies, the Student Experience Committee (SEC) represents the peak body responsible for the provision of advice and recommendations on the development, implementation and review of strategies, policies and initiatives to address the needs of students and enhance the overall student experience at the University of Tasmania.

The Terms of Reference for this committee can be found here: http://www.UTas.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/1097552/Student-Experience-Committee.pdf

Meets: 6 meetings each year

Meeting Length: TBC

Student Members: 4

When & Where Held: 2 hours, Council Room and Executive Meeting Room 2

Current Allocation:

  1. TUSA President or nominee: Braydon Broad
  2. Student Experience President (North): Ratchata Panyadong
  3. Student Experience President (South): Maddie Webster
  4. Student Experience Vice-Presidents: Davina Smith and Richenda Ewen (cyclical)

VICE-CHANCELLOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM TASKFORCE - A subcommittee of STUDENT EXPERIENCE COMMITTEE

Key Purpose: To consider and quality assure the recommended outcomes that the VCLA team make on the outcomes for the three tiers of the Vice-Chancellor’s Leadership Program.

Meets: Approximately 2 times annually, dependent on need

Meeting Length: Duration dependent on need

Student Members: 1

When & Where Held: Locations are variable

Current Allocation:

  1. TUSA President or Nominee: Braydon Broad

STUDENT CONDUCT COMMITTEE

Key Purpose:  Ordinance 8 – Student Complaints provides for a student or higher degree by research candidate who is dissatisfied with a decision of a Head of School/Director of a National Centre to request that the decision be reviewed by a Review Committee.  This may be either a Student Complaints Tribunal (undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students) or a Graduate Research Complaints Committee (higher degree by research candidates).  Review Committees are composed of two academic staff and one student/candidate representative drawn from the Student or Graduate Research Complaints Panels which are established each year by Academic Senate.

 

Meets: Ad hoc dependant on the number of matters

Meeting Length: As required

Student Members: 1

When & Where Held: Administration Building

Current Allocation:

  1. State President: Braydon Broad

SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE

Key Purpose: TBC

Meets: Quarterly

Meeting Length: 2 hours

Student Members: 2

When & Where: TBA

Current Allocation:

  1. Maria Kumar – Special Projects President
  2. Sophie Crothers – Deputy President and Equity President

EQUITY COMMITTEE

Key Purpose:

The University Equity Committee operates within the broader context of the University’s Inclusion, Diversity and Equity frameworks. The Committee will work to enact these principles by:

  • proposing measures to address inequality and systemic disadvantage at the University and promoting cultural change;
  • defining a body of work annually, to contribute to the realisation of the University’s People Strategy, Athena Swan SAGE commitments and other Inclusion, Diversity and Equity frameworks;
  • receiving and analysing reports on progress towards our equity and diversity goals.

The Committee will draw on the significant expertise in the University relating to diversity and equity and will provide a forum for discussion and generation of ideas and initiatives to support a culture of respect, diversity and inclusivity within the University.  The Committee will assist in formulating, sharing and disseminating good practice, university-wide.

Meets: Quartely

Meeting Length: 2 hours

Student Members: 2

When & Where: TBA

Current Allocation:

  1. Sophie Crothers: Deputy President and Equity President
  2. Rohan Puri: Education President Postgrad

STANDING ACADEMIC COMMITTEE

Key Purpose: Concentrated group drawn from Academic Senate members that often meets on short notice.

Student Members: 1

When & Where: Zoom typically

Current Allocation:

Braydon Broad: President – though will likely require urgent input from Education Presidents and possibly Student Advocates.

ACADEMIC SENATE COLLEGE ACADEMIC COMMITTEE

Key Purpose: Concentrated group drawn from Academic Senate that reviews and approves material coming out of UCUPC.

Student Members: 1

When & Where: Zoom typically

Current Allocation:

Braydon Broad: President

STUDENT HARDSHIP TASKFORCE

Future of taskforce is uncertain in 2021. Will advise when more is known.