Education Committee

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Kabilan Krishnasamy, Executive Officer.

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

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 Education Committee is a standing committee of the Academic Board/Academic Council.


2. The role of the Committee is to advise and make recommendations to the Academic Board/Academic Council and/or other University bodies or officers, as appropriate, on policy and strategic matter relating to:

(a) the University's education strategy and vision, including aspects of the student learning experience;

(b) the quality of teaching and learning in the institution;

(c) undergraduate and postgraduate (coursework) admissions;

(d) the academic structure and framework of undergraduate and postgraduate coursework.


3.(1) The committee comprises:

(a) the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) as Chair;

(b) the Chair of the Academic Board;

(c) the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic);

(d) the Dean of Graduate Research School;

(e) the Executive Dean from each of the four faculties, or nominee;

(f) the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education), or nominee;

(g)  the University Librarian

(h) the President of the UWA Student Guild, or nominee;

(i) the President of the Postgraduate Students' Association, or nominee;

(j) two academic staff members nominated and elected by the Academic Board; and

(k) up to two co-opted members for specific skill set. 

(2) The Chair may appoint a Deputy Chair from among the members to perform essential duties in the Chair's absence.

(3) The Chair may invite one or more persons to attend meetings to provide advice on specific areas or agenda items.

Terms of Office

4. (1) The term of office of members elected under 3(1)(j) is three years.

(2) The terms of office of members co-opted under 3(1)(k) is two years.

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

(4) At the end of a term of office, members co-opted under 3(1)(k) are eligible to be co-opted again. 

Members' absence and nominees

5.(1) In the event that a member is unable to attend a meeting, that member may nominate a person to attend that meeting in their stead.

(2) Nominations must be in writing and received by the Executive Officer prior to the relevant meeting.

Skills and/or qualifications of members and nominees

6. It is desirable that members and nominees have a leadership role within the education portfolio in their respective functional area, or other leadership role related to the student learning experience, and this important role is to be taken into account when nominees are appointed.


6. The quorum for the Committee is half the current membership plus one.


7.(1) Each member has a vote.

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

(3) Decisions are made by a majority of the members present and voting.

Frequency of meetings

8. The Committee normally meets up to four times each year in the months of February to November but may meet more frequently if required.

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 at the following link:

Education Committee Local Decision-making Map

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 at the following link:

Education Committee Local Communication Map

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