Academic Board

Academic Board is tasked with ensuring the University maintains the highest standards in teaching, scholarship and research. The Board reviews academic policy recommendations, approves degrees and other awards and provides a forum to facilitate information flow and debate within the University and between the senior executive officers of the University and the wider academic community. At each Board meeting at least one hot topic item is discussed by the Board.

Under the Australian National University Academic Board and Committees Rules, the following committees advise the Academic Board on matters within their remit.

The Academic Board of the Australian National University was formally re-established by Council in February 2012 under the ANU Academic Board Statute. Agendas and minutes for Academic Board, as it was constituted between 2001 and 2009, are available from the Academic Board Secretary.

Hot topics

As an apex governance committee, Academic Board has the capacity to examine issues from the perspective of research, education, and access and equity, as well as bringing cross-College viewpoints to bear. At each meeting the Board discussed a hot topic. A 2012 Board Working Party recommended 'To ensure Academic Board plays the significant and active role envisaged above, it needs to discuss, on a regular basis, major issues - which may be difficult or controversial in nature - bearing upon the University's academic mission, and the values and ethos by which that mission is pursued. This discussion should be in addition to the Board's program accreditation role and its oversight of academic standards and quality, and associated policy development, coming forward from its Committees.'

Hot topics can be suggested by any Board Member.  Their success relies on finding a champion willing to prepare a short paper and to lead collegiate discussion.

Past hot topics have included:

  • Academic promotions policy and procedures
  • National discussion on University funding
  • Ensuring quality supervision of HDR students
  • On what basis would ANU give credit for MOOCs?
  • Indigenous engagement
  • Student mobility 
  • Academic Integrity

Representatives

Academics are represented by academic staff elected from within their Colleges. Professional staff are represented by two members of the general staff elected from among their number. If you want to raise an issue for the Board to discuss or find out more about issues the Board is considering please get in touch with the representative in your area.

Interested in more information about Board meetings?

The Academic Board Digest is published after each meeting, highlighting points of interest for academic and professional staff.

To subscribe to receive the digest via email please go to: http://mailman.anu.edu.au/mailman/listinfo/anu.academic.board and complete the section titled 'Subscribing to anu.academic.board'.  For information about Mailman refer to the User Guide.

Who can attend

Meetings of the Academic Board are open to members of the University Council, academic and professional staff of University and to undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University. No more than 15 persons will be admitted as observers at any meeting. Observers will be treated on a first come first served basis. They should notify the Secretary to the Board in advance of the meeting of their request to attend.

Observers will be asked to leave the room if there is a confidential item on the agenda, and may return once that discussion is concluded. For more details on the conduct of observers at meetings please refer to the membership and operating procedures.

Terms of reference

The functions and powers of the Board, as set out in the Australian National University Academic Board Statute include:

  • operating with the assistance of specialist committees: Education and Research
  • accrediting and reaccrediting programs and changes to existing programs
  • ensuring the maintenance of the highest standards in teaching, scholarship and research within the University
  • approving Degrees and other awards
  • discussing and developing policy recommendations in relation to the University's academic matters
  • maintaining an effective overview of the academic activities of the University and advising and assisting in their coordination
  • advising on the academic aspects and content of the University's strategic plan
  • providing a forum to facilitate information flow and debate within the University and between the senior executive officers of the University and the wider academic community
  • reporting to the University Council at intervals, and in the manner specified by the University Council, on the performance of its functions. 

Membership

The membership of the Academic Board is set out in section six of the Australian National University Academic Board Statute 2014.  The term of appointment for each elected or appointed member of the Board is two years. The current membership list is available in the table below.

Agenda items

Items for the Academic Board agenda should reach the Corporate Governance & Risk Office by the agenda deadline specified. Items and attachments should be sent in electronic version. A template for agenda items may be obtained from the Corporate Governance & Risk Office.

Members

Category Member Term expiry
Chair Professor Jacqueline Lo
23 Mar 2018
Deputy Chair Professor John Close
Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC FAA FRS
Ex-officio
Deputy Vice-Chancellors Professor Margaret Harding
Ex-officio
Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington
Ex-officio
Professor Shirley Leitch
Ex-officio
Pro Vice-Chancellors Professor Michael Cardew-Hall
Ex-officio
Professor Richard Baker
Ex-officio
Registrars Ms Ariel Edge
Ex-officio
Ms Lynda Mathey
Ex-officio
Dean, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences Professor Rae Frances
Ex-officio
Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific Professor Michael Wesley
Ex-officio
Dean, ANU College of Business & Economics Professor Ian Clarke
Ex-officio
Dean, ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science Professor Elanor Huntington
Ex-officio
Dean, ANU College of Law Professor Stephen Bottomley
Ex-officio
Dean, ANU College of Medicine, Biology & Environment Professor Kiaran Kirk
Ex-officio
Dean, ANU College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences Professor Andrew Roberts
Ex-officio
Dean of ANU Medical School Professor Imogen Mitchell
Ex-officio
Dean, Higher Degree Research Professor Imelda Whelehan
Ex-officio
Dean of Students Associate Professor Paula Newitt
Ex-officio
University Librarian Ms Roxanne Missingham
Ex-officio
Four members of the academic staff elected from among the membership of the College Executive Committees of the ANU Colleges, not being the Dean of a College, as mentioned in an Order made by the Vice-Chancellor Dr Bronwen Whiting
1 May 2018
Professor Thushara Abhayapala
1 May 2018
Dr Royston Gustavson
1 May 2018
Professor Archie Clements
1 May 2018
Three academic staff elected from among their number in the ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences Dr Gabriele Schmidt
1 May 2018
Dr Douglas Craig
1 May 2018
Dr Rosanne Kennedy
1 May 2018
Three academic staff elected from among their number in the ANU College of Asia & the Pacific Professor John Blaxland
1 May 2018
Professor Evelyn Goh
1 May 2018
Dr Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
1 May 2018
Three academic staff elected from among their number in the ANU College of Business & Economics Professor Rohan Pitchford
1 May 2018
Associate Professor Vinh Lu
1 May 2018
Associate Professor Stephen Sault
1 May 2018
Two academic staff elected from among their number in the ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science Dr Hassan Hijazi
1 May 2018
Associate Professor Antonio Tricoli
1 May 2018
Two academic staff elected from among their number in the ANU College of Law Dr Skye Saunders
1 May 2018
Associate Professor Miriam Gani
1 May 2018
Three academic staff elected from among their number in the ANU College of Medicine, Biology & Environment Dr Cathy Banwell
1 May 2018
Associate Professor Lorrae van Kerkoff
1 May 2018
Dr Esther Rajendran
1 May 2018
Three academic staff elected from among their number in the ANU College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences Professor John Close
1 May 2018
Dr Vanessa Robins
1 May 2018
Professor Geoff Bicknell
1 May 2018
Two members of the general staff elected from among their number Ms Jennifer Nott
1 May 2018
Ms Tess Snowball
1 May 2018
One postgraduate student appointed by the Vice-Chancellor in consultation with the President of the Postgraduate and Research Students' Association Inc. Ms Alyssa Shaw
31 Aug 2017
One undergraduate student appointed by the Vice-Chancellor in consultation with the President of the Australian National University Students' Association Inc. Mr James Connolly
30 Nov 2017
If there is no indigenous person holding a position on the Board, the Vice Chancellor, after consulting with the Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre is to nominate one member of the academic staff who is an indigenous person to be a member Professor Michael Dodson
1 May 2018
The Chair of the Board with the agreement of the Board may appoint up to 5 additional members to provide a diversity of views if the Chair believes the current membership of the Board does not reflect the academic and cultural diversity of the University Ms Anne Martin
Ex-officio
Associate Professor Asmi Wood
6 Mar 2019

Meetings

2017
Date & location Deadlines
Tuesday 7 Mar, 9.30am
Mills Room
Tuesday 2 May, 9.30am
Mills Room
Tuesday 20 Jun, 9.30am
Mills Room
Tuesday 1 Aug, 9.30am
Mills Room
Tuesday 10 Oct, 9.30am
Mills Room
Tuesday 5 Dec, 9.30am
Mills Room

Feedback deadlines

ANU Joint Colleges of Science Consultation Paper

Members are asked to submit any feedback on the ANU Joint Colleges of Science Consultation Paper to science.consultation@anu.edu.au by 5 May 2017.
Date5 May 2017