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Professor Ronald M. And Dr Catherine H. Berndt Research Foundation Sub-Committee

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Constitution of the Professor Ronald M. And Dr Catherine H. Berndt Research Foundation Sub-Committee.

Constitution

The Professor Ronald M. and Dr Catherine H. Berndt Research Foundation was established from a sum of money bequeathed to the University by Professor and Dr Berndt who, in 1956, established the discipline of Anthropology at The University of Western Australia initially as a centre within the Department of Psychology and in 1963 as a separate department.

The Berndts' field research focused on Aboriginal Australia and their unique collaboration covered almost 50 years. The outstanding contribution which they made to Australian Anthropology was recognised by the University by the award to each of an Honorary Doctorate in Literature and the renaming of the Berndt Museum of Anthropology in their honour.

The Foundation is administered in accordance with the following regulations.

1. The name of the Foundation is the 'Professor Ronald M. and Dr Catherine H. Berndt Research Foundation'.

2. For the purposes of these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires:

'Anthropology' refers collectively to the following:

(a) the professors, associate professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, associate lecturers and tutors who hold full-time or fractional appointments in Anthropology at The University of Western Australia;

(b) staff who hold full-time or fractional appointments in the Berndt Museum of Anthropology;

(c) postgraduate students enrolled in Anthropology at The University of Western Australia; and

(d) staff and postgraduate students studying in the area of ethno-archaeology and socio-linguistics in their relevant centres at The University of Western Australia.

'Bequest' means the sum of money willed to The University of Western Australia for the purpose of establishing the Foundation.

'Board' means the University of Western Australia Cultural Collections Board;

'Sub-committee' means the sub-committee of the board established to administer the Foundation.

3. The object of the Foundation shall be to ensure that the funds available from the bequest are used for 'encouraging and supporting research in the discipline of Australian Aboriginal Social and Cultural Anthropology' as specified in the terms of the bequest.

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4.(1) Subject to the provisions of sub-regulation (2), the University of Western Australia Cultural Collections Board shall be responsible to the Senate for the disbursement of funds available through the Foundation in accordance with these regulations.

(2) The board may delegate the management of the Foundation to a Foundation Sub-committee to be constituted as set out in Regulation 5, provided that—

(a) the sub-committee shall submit minutes of all its meetings to the board, and resolutions of the sub-committee shall not become effective unless endorsed by the board;

(b) the board may withdraw all or specific delegated powers from the sub-committee at any time;

(c) the board shall ensure that an annual report, including an audited balance sheet and statement of income and expenditure, is prepared and submitted to the Vice-Chancellor for reporting to the Senate each year.

5.(1) Subject to sub-regulations (2), (3), and (4), the Foundation Sub-committee comprises: 

(a) the Vice-Chancellor;

(b) the Head of Anthropology as Chair;

(c) the member of the staff of Anthropology nominated to the board by the head of that department;

(d) the Associate Director of the Berndt Museum of Anthropology;

(e) a trustee of the Estate of Catherine H. Berndt; and

(f) up to five members co-opted annually by the foregoing.

(2) If more than one ex-officio position is filled by the same person, the person concerned shall advise the board of the capacity in which he/she chooses to hold membership and the board shall appoint an alternate to the second ex-officio position, after taking appropriate advice.

(3) Ex-officio members may appoint nominees to act on their behalf at any meeting of the sub-committee.

(4) When the Head of Anthropology is represented by a nominee, that nominee shall be the Chair.

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6.(1) The sub-committee shall meet at least once a year and shall be convened by the Associate Director of the Berndt Museum of Anthropology who shall also act in the capacity of secretary.

(2) The sub-committee shall regulate its meetings as it sees fit but three members from those listed in paragraphs 5(1)(a) to (f) shall constitute a quorum.

(3) Questions arising at any meeting shall be determined by a majority of votes and, in the case of any equality of votes, the Chair shall have a second or casting vote.

(4) The sub-committee shall cause minutes of all meetings to be kept and shall forward these to the board after each meeting.

7.(1) All monies received, by or on behalf of, or as a result of the activities of the Foundation shall be vested in the University and shall be held by the University upon trust in a fund to be known as the Professor Ronald M. and Dr Catherine H. Berndt Research Foundation Fund.

(2) The capital funds shall be invested in accordance with the laws from time to time in force governing the investment of trust property by trustees.

(3) The funds available to the sub-committee for disbursement in each year shall be the interest from the capital sum in the fund, after capitalisation in accordance with Senate policy.

8.(1) Subject to paragraph 4(2)(a), the sub-committee shall disburse the available funds at its discretion to promote the object of the Foundation, and in particular to—

(a) support Anthropology or any sub-group of Anthropology listed in Regulation 2 in the furtherance of social and cultural anthropological research in the area of Aboriginal Australia;

(b) solicit donations, gifts and bequests to the Foundation on behalf of the University;

(c) recommend and sponsor the printing of publications consistent with these objects and the issue thereof, and to make a regular subvention to sponsor the publication of Anthropological Forum;

(d) arrange for lectures, exhibitions and demonstrations on the area of Aboriginal Australia;

(e) assist in arranging visits to The University of Western Australia by specialists in Aboriginal Australia;

(f) recommend grants to Anthropology or any sub-group of Anthropology listed in Regulation 2 for the purpose of encouraging research in the discipline of Australian Aboriginal Social and Cultural Anthropology through visiting fellowships, postdoctoral fellowships and postgraduate scholarships; and

(g) recommend financial support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in degree or diploma courses of The University of Western Australia, whether at postgraduate or undergraduate level, for the purpose of supporting the conduct of research in Anthropology.

(2) The sub-committee shall take appropriate action to ensure that Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to seek access to the opportunities offered by the Foundation.

(3) The sub-committee may approve the use of funds to employ a person to assist the secretary with work relating to the activities of the Foundation.

(4) The sub-committee may, at its discretion, recapitalise unspent income in any year, or carry it over into the funds available for expenditure in the following year.

(5) The sub-committee shall—

(a) ensure that all researchers funded by the Foundation adhere to established guidelines for ethical research;

(b) do all such things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the objects listed in paragraphs 8(1)(a) to (g).

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