Learning and Teaching Committee

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Dr Mary Lynn De Silva, Executive Officer.

Learning and Teaching Committee

This committee operates in accordance with the UWA Principles for the Operation of Committees 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 Learning and Teaching Committee is a standing committee of the Education Committee..


2. The role of the Learning and Teaching Committee is to -

(a) advise and make recommendations to the Education Committee, as appropriate, on -

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

(ii) means of assessing and improving the quality of learning and teaching;

(iii) the use of technology in learning and teaching;

(iv) research studies on learning and teaching; and

(v) matters arising through liaison with relevant external bodies;

(b) formulate and review appropriate schemes to recognise and reward high quality learning and teaching; and

(c) implement where possible policy matters relating to learning and teaching


3.(1) The Learning and Teaching Committee comprises:

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

(b) the Chair of the Academic Board or nominee;

(c) the Dean of Postgraduate Coursework Studies;

(d) Associate Deans (Learning and Teaching);

(e) four academic staff members (one from each of the four faculties) nominated by the Faculty Executive Dean in consultation with the Chair;

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

(g) the Director of the Albany Campus or nominee

(h) the Chief Information Officer or nominee;

(i) the University Librarian or nominee;

(j) the Associate Director, Capability Development, Educational Enhancement Unit;

(k) the Associate Director, Education Enhancement Strategy, Educational Enhancement Unit;

(l) the nominee of the Guild President

(m) the nominee of the President of the Postgraduate Students Association; and

(n) up to two co-opted members if required for balance or specific expertise

(2) The Dean of Postgraduate Coursework Studies is the deputy chair of the Committee.

(3) A member from the Educational Enhancement Unit (EEU) serves as the Executive Officer to the Committee.

Terms of office

4. (1) The term of office of members appointed under 3(1)(e) is two years.

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

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

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

Standing invitees

5. Standing invitees are invited to attend the meetings of the Learning and Teaching Committee from the following areas:

(a) the Graduate Research School;

(b) the Business Intelligence and Analytics, Office of Strategy, Planning and Performance;

(c) Student Services;

(d) Information Services; and

(e) the Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International).

Skills and/or qualifications of members and standing invitees

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


7. The quorum for the Learning and Teaching Committee is half the current membership (excluding standing invitees) plus one.


8.(1) All matters are decided by a majority of the members present and voting.

(2) Each member has a vote.

(3) The chair of the meeting has an ordinary vote and a casting vote.

(4) Standing invitees do not have a vote.


9.(1) The Learning and Teaching Committee delegates to the Chair to establish sub-committee to manage the schemes referred in 2(b), which has the authority to make and action decisions that are within the parameters of guidelines approved by the Learning and Teaching Committee.

(2) Any changes to existing guidelines for education-related schemes under 2(b) must be forwarded by the relevant selection group to the Learning and Teaching Committee for its approval.

Frequency of meetings

10. The Learning and Teaching Committee meets up to eight times a year during the period from February to November, and may meet more frequently when required.

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