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 10 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, unless invited to speak by the Chair. 

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

Newsletter

The latest Academic Board Newsletter can be accessed here

Members

Category Member Term expiry
Chair Professor Joan Leach
14 Feb 2022
Deputy Chair Ms Roxanne Missingham
1 May 2020
Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC FAA FRS
Ex-officio
Provost Vacant Ex-officio
Deputy Vice-Chancellors Professor Keith Nugent
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
Ex-officio
Professor Grady Venville
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
Ex-officio
Professor Ian Anderson AO
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student and University Experience)
Ex-officio
Pro Vice-Chancellors Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor (University Experience) Ex-officio
Professor Michael Cardew-Hall
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Innovation)
Ex-officio
Professor Royston Gustavson
Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education)
Ex-officio
Professor Sally Wheeler OBE MRIA FAcSS FAAL
Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Strategy)
Ex-officio
Registrars Ms Ariel Edge
Registrar Student Administration
Ex-officio
Dean, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences Professor Rae Frances
Ex-officio
Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific (Alternate) Professor Stephan Fruehling
Ex-officio
Dean, ANU College of Business & Economics Professor Steven Roberts
Ex-officio
Dean, ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science (Alternate) Professor Nick Birbilis
Ex-officio
Dean ANU College of Health & Medicine Professor Russell Gruen
Ex-officio
Dean, ANU College of Law (Alternate) Professor Pauline Ridge
Ex-officio
Dean, ANU College of Science (alternate) Associate Professor Anna Cowan
Ex-officio
Dean Higher Degree Research Professor Ann Evans
Ex-officio
Dean of Students Associate Professor Miriam Gani
Ex-officio
University Librarian Ms Roxanne Missingham
Ex-officio
Elected members of College Executive Committees Professor Chris Kellett
1 May 2022
Dr Geoff Hinchcliffe
1 May 2022
Associate Professor Jolyon Ford
1 May 2022
Professor Penny Brothers
1 May 2022
Elected members of professional staff Ms Erica Kneipp
1 May 2022
Mr Marc Haynes
1 May 2022
Academic staff elected from the ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences Professor Helen Keane
1 May 2022
Dr Katie Sutton
1 May 2022
Dr Robert Wellington
1 May 2022
Academic staff elected from the ANU College of Asia & the Pacific Professor Bina D'Costa
1 May 2022
Professor Simon Haberle
1 May 2022
Professor Margaret Jolly
1 May 2022
Academic staff elected from the ANU College of Business & Economics Professor Meijun Qian
1 May 2022
Dr Patrick L'Espoir Decosta
1 May 2022
Dr Bronwen Whiting
1 May 2022
Academic staff elected from the ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science Professor Rajeev Gore
1 May 2022
Associate Professor Klaus Weber
1 May 2022
Academic staff elected from the ANU College of Health & Medicine Professor Imogen Mitchell
1 May 2022
Dr Melinda Choy
1 May 2022
Professor Kate Reynolds
1 May 2022
Academic staff elected from the ANU College of Law Asscoiate Professor Josh Neoh
1 May 2022
Professor Anthony Connolly
1 May 2022
Academic staff elected from the ANU College of Science Associate Professor Ben Corry
1 May 2022
Dr John Debs
1 May 2022
Professor Celine D'Orgeville
1 May 2022
Two postgraduate students appointed by the Vice-Chancellor after consultating with the President of the Postgraduate and Research Students' Association. Ms Hafsa Omar
28 Sep 2020
Ms Elena Sheard
28 Sep 2020
Two undergraduate students appointed by the Vice-Chancellor after consulting with the President of the Australian National University Students' Association Inc Mr Lachlan Day
30 Nov 2020
LewChing (LC) Yip 30 Nov 2020
Indigenous person nominated by the Vice-Chancellor in consultation with the Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre Associate Professor Asmi Wood
1 May 2022
Members appointed by the Chair for their expertise Ms Anne Martin
Ex-officio

Meetings

2020
Date & location Deadlines
Tuesday 17 Mar, 9.30am
Mills Room
Tuesday 5 May, 9.30am
Mills Room
Tuesday 30 Jun, 9.30am
Mills Room
Tuesday 25 Aug, 9.30am
Mills Room
Tuesday 20 Oct, 9.30am
Mills Room
Tuesday 1 Dec, 9.30am
Mills Room