Academic Board

The Academic Board of the Australian National University was formally re-established by Council in February 2012 under the ANU Academic Board Statute.

Academic Board is tasked with ensuring the University maintains the highest standards in teaching, scholarship and research. The Board reviews academic policy recommendations and approves degrees and other awards. Moreover, it 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.

The following committees advise the Academic Board on matters within their remit.

Responsibilities

The functions of Academic Board are defined by the Academic Board Rule 2017, and include:

  • accrediting and reaccrediting programs and changes to existing academic programs,
  • ensuring 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 academic matters,
  • maintaining an effective overview of the academic activities of the University and advising on them 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 Council on the exercise of its functions, at the times, and in the way, required by Council, and
  • undertaking any other functions given to it by the Academic Board Rule 2017.

Membership

Membership of the Academic Board is detailed in the Australian National University Academic Board Rule 2017. A list of members, including their term of appointment is detailed below.

Representatives

Each College elects a number of academic staff to represent their collective. Professional staff are represented by two members of the general staff elected from among their number.

Staff of the University are encouraged to liaise with their representatives if they wish to raise issues to Academic Board, or learn more about items under consideration by the Board.

Attendance at meetings

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. A maximum of 15 persons will be admitted as observers to any single meeting on a first come first served basis. Anybody wishing to attend as an Observer must notify the Secretary to the Board in advance of the meeting.

If there is a confidential item on the agenda, Observers will be asked to leave the room, and may return once that discussion is concluded. Observers do not have speaking rights during meetings.

Agenda items

Items for the Academic Board agenda should reach the Secretary by the specified agenda deadline, normally two weeks before the scheduled meeting.

All submissions should be in electronic format. Templates for agenda items can may be obtained through the Secretary.

Hot topics

Academic Board has a unique capacity to examine issues from the perspective of research, education, and access and equity, as well as bringing cross-College viewpoints to bear. A 2012 Academic Board Working Party recommended that 'to ensure Academic Board plays (a)significant and active role, 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.'

To facilitate such discussions, each meeting the Board discusses a hot topic. These topics are additional to the Board's program accreditation role and its oversight of academic standards and quality, and associated policy development.

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

Past hot topics have included:

  • Strengthening Student Engagement
  • Academic Freedom
  • Academic promotions policy and procedures
  • National discussion on University funding
  • Ensuring quality supervision of HDR students
  • Indigenous engagement

Further information

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.

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
Provost
Deputy Vice-Chancellors Professor Margaret Harding
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Ex-officio
Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
Ex-officio
Professor Shirley Leitch
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement)
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 (or alternate) Professor Rae Frances
Ex-officio
Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific (or alternate) Professor Susan Sell
Ex-officio
Dean, ANU College of Business & Economics (or alternate) Professor Steven Roberts
Ex-officio
Dean, ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science (or alternate) Professor Elanor Huntington
Ex-officio
Dean, ANU College of Law (or alternate) Professor Stephen Bottomley
Ex-officio
Dean, ANU College of Science (or alternate) Associate Professor Anna Cowan
Ex-officio
Dean, ANU College of Health & Medicine (or alternate) Professor Jane Dahlstrom
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 College Executive Committees, who are not College Deans, elected by the members of the College Executive Committees Dr Bronwen Whiting
1 May 2018
Professor Thushara Abhayapala
1 May 2018
Dr Royston Gustavson
1 May 2018
Three academic staff elected from among their number in the ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences Dr Douglas Craig
1 May 2018
Associate Professor Rosanne Kennedy
1 May 2018
Professor John Carver
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 Professor Bob Williamson
1 May 2018
Associate Professor Antonio Tricoli
1 May 2018
Two academic staff elected from among their number in the ANU College of Law Ms Lynn DuMoulin
1 May 2018
Associate Professor Anthony Connolly
1 May 2018
Academic staff elected from among their number in the ANU College of Health & Medicine Dr Cathy Banwell
1 May 2018
Academic staff elected from among their number in the ANU College of Science Professor John Close
1 May 2018
Dr Vanessa Robins
1 May 2018
Professor Geoff Bicknell
1 May 2018
Associate Professor Lorrae van Kerkoff
1 May 2018
Dr Esther Rajendran
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
Two postgraduate students appointed by the Vice-Chancellor after consultating with the President of the Postgraduate and Research Students' Association. Ms Alyssa Shaw
31 Aug 2018
Two undergraduate students appointed by the Vice-Chancellor after consulting with the President of the Australian National University Students' Association Inc Eleanor Kay
Mina Kim
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

2018
Date & location Deadlines
Tuesday 27 Mar, 9.30am
Mills Room
Tuesday 8 May, 9.30am
Mills Room
Tuesday 3 Jul, 9.30am
Mills Room
Tuesday 28 Aug, 9.30am
Mills Room
Tuesday 23 Oct, 9.30am
Mills Room
Tuesday 4 Dec, 9.30am
Mills Room

Feedback deadlines

Proposed Education Committees Structure

Colleges to provide feedback on the new committee structure to secretary.academic.board@anu.edu.au by 31 August 2017
Date31 Aug 2017

University Statement on Academic Freedom

Board members who wish to nominate for the working group, please contact the Chair.
Date31 Aug 2017

Audit of zero enrolled courses from 2016

Colleges to review all zero enrolled courses in their College and report back to eo.dvca@anu.edu.au by no later than 12 October 2017 on action taken.
Date12 Oct 2017