Research Committee

This committee operates in accordance with the UWA Principles for the Operation of Committee and UWA Rules for the operation of committees. Members must act in accordance with the University Committee Members' Code of Conduct.


Position of the Committee within the University of Western Australia

1. The Research Committee is a standing committee of the Academic Board/Academic Council.


2. The role of the Research Committee is to:

a) Advise the Academic Council or the University Executive on research matters including the University’s research priorities

b) Ensure the alignment of faculty research strategy with University priorities

c) Oversee those elements of the University’s Strategic Plan relating to research including higher degree by research (HDR), academic enterprise, research infrastructure, and engagement with research consumers, beneficiaries and end-users

d) Oversee the University’s response to State and Federal Government, and international research policy frameworks, including for example the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative

e) Oversee the University’s governance around good research practice, including compliance with regulations and legislation involving research with animals, human participants and biological hazards

f) Work with the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) to develop initiatives to improve the University’s research performance, including providing strategic funding, HDR scholarships and supporting cross faculty initiatives including through the Institute of Advanced Studies.


3. (1) The committee comprises:

a) Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) as Chair

b) Chair of the Academic Board or nominee

c) Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research)

d) Dean of the Graduate Research School

e) Director, Office of Research Enterprise

f) Director, Institute of Advanced Studies

g) University Librarian

h) Associate Deans (Research) and an additional nominee from of each of the four faculties

i) Nominee of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Education), School of Indigenous Studies

j) President of the Postgraduate Students’ Association or nominee

k) two academic staff members nominated and elected by Academic Board; and

(l) up to three co-opted members if required for balance or specific experience 

(2) The committee may elect a deputy chair from among its members

Terms of office

4. (1) The term of office of nominees of members under 3(1)(h) is one year.

(2) The term of office of members elected under 3(1)(k) is three years.

(3) The term of office of members co-opted under 3(1)(l) is two years.

(4) At the end of a term of office, members appointed under 3(1)(k) are eligible to be elected for a second term only.

(5) At the end of a term of office, nominees under 3(1)(h) and members co-opted under 3(1)(l) are eligible to be nominated or co-opted again, but not for more than three consecutive terms.


5. The quorum for the committee is half the number of members plus one.


6. (1) All decisions should be reached by consensus in the first instance.

(2) In the event that decision can’t be reached by consensus decisions will be by a majority of the members present and voting.

(3) The Chair has an ordinary vote and a casting vote.

Frequency of meetings

7. The committee meets as and when required, but usually monthly.

Decision-making and communication maps

Local decision-making map

A decision-making map illustrating where the committee's business comes from and where its recommendations or decisions go is available:

Local communications map

A communications map illustrating where information comes to the committee from and which committees or groups need to be informed of the committee's decisions is available: