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University Education Committee (UEC)

Terms of reference

The University Education Committee (UEC) is a formally constituted committee of the Academic Senate with particular responsibility for providing leadership in the academic governance of all aspects of the University's strategic plan relating to Education that include, but are not limited to curriculum development, the UOW student experience, and assurance of academic quality and standards.

The academic governance framework of the University is consistent with the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards).

The UEC will support the strategic plan in working toward a position in the top 1% of world universities, by upholding the overall institutional accountability processes for quality assurance of higher education.

The committee shall have oversight of all aspects of the University's strategic plan that include, but are not limited to:

  • curriculum development;
  • UOW student academic experience;
  • assurance of academic quality and standards;
  • education across all sites (onshore and offshore) and modes of delivery;
  • student diversity;
  • development of educational technology and services;
  • academic policy development and implementation;
  • academic staff development, promotion and recognition of excellence; and
  • student career development and employability.

Responsibilities

The UEC shall:

  1. oversee academic quality assurance initiatives for all University of Wollongong courses, both onshore and, in conjunction with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global) Strategy), offshore, to maintain and strengthen the quality and integrity of all courses;
  2. monitor course quality through regular reporting on comparative student outcomes and course performance and make recommendations to Academic Senate to support course improvement and course management initiatives;
  3. make recommendations to Academic Senate with regards to promoting Academic Integrity and by monitoring academic misconduct outcomes;
  4. receive annual reporting on Student academic Complaints and make recommendations to inform Academic Complaints management at UOW;
  5. consider matters and make recommendations to Academic Senate in order to ensure all students in all locations have access to an equivalent learning experience using the highest quality learning facilities, and are supported by skilled and committed academic and professional staff;
  6. develop and drive the creation and delivery of innovative, inclusive and challenging curricula;
  7. promote high quality teaching, educational innovation, and the reward and recognition of teaching staff;
  8. ensure that all UOW graduates develop skills, qualities and knowledge that enable their success in the global workplace;
  9. oversee and develop strategies relating to the wider student experience;
  10. review and develop pathways to higher education, and support the development of new courses designed to ensure access to higher education is available to all, including groups currently under-represented in the higher-education sector;
  11. drive the realisation of the University of Wollongong as a digital university for learners and teachers;
  12. make recommendations to Academic Senate on proposals for new or amended, University-wide policies relating to education, the student experience and the administration of courses;
  13. provide advice to the Academic Senate and other University bodies on all matters relating to learning and teaching, and student experience; and
  14. receive the minutes of subcommittees and other special purpose groups and make determinations and recommendations on issues arising from the deliberation of these committees.

Membership

The University Education Committee shall consist of:

Ex Officio

  • The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) as Chair
  • The Chair of Academic Senate
  • The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy) or nominee
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) & Chair, Student Academic Experience Subcommittee
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Inclusion and Outreach)
  • Dean of Research
  • Associate Deans (Education) (five positions)
  • Academic Directors, South Western and Southern Sydney Campuses
  • Academic Director, Regional Campuses
  • UOW College General Manager
  • Director, Student Services Division
  • Director, Academic Quality and Standards
  • Director, Library Services
  • Director, Graduate Career Development & Employability
  • Director, Learning, Teaching and Curriculum
  • Director, Information Management and Technology Services
  • Chair, Education Policy Review Subcommittee
  • Chair, Academic Quality and Standards Subcommittee

Elected members

  • Academic Senate Representatives (five elected Senate members)

Unless otherwise provided, the term of office of all elected members shall be two years.

Appointed members

  • Associate Deans (International) (two positions, appointed by the Chair following consultation with the Chair, University Internationalisation Committee)
  • Faculty Academic Staff Representatives (one per Faculty, appointed by the Chair following consultation with the Executive Dean and Associate Dean (Education) of each Faculty))
  • One representative of UOW Global Enterprises (appointed by the Chair)
  • One representative of the Wollongong Academic of Tertiary Teaching and Learning Excellence (WATTLE) Executive Committee (appointed by the Chair)
  • Student Representatives (three positions, one undergraduate, one postgraduate and one international student, appointed by the Chair)

The Chair may, from time to time, appoint positions to the committee to ensure there is sufficient representation, views and expertise for the committee to achieve its business. Where such appointments are made, the Chair shall make the recommendation to the committee and set the term of the appointment.

Wherever possible, membership of the University Education Committee should reflect the diversity of the University of Wollongong staff and student body.

Committee members wanting to take leave of absence during their term should seek the approval of the Committee. Any short-term membership replacements will be a matter for the Chair and the Committee to determine.

Quorum

The quorum for a meeting shall be fifty per cent (50%) of the membership plus one.

Meeting frequency

The Committee will meet five times per year.

UEC Sub-committees

  • Education Policy Review Subcommittee (EPRS)
  • Academic Quality & Standards Subcommittee (AQSS)
  • Student Academic Experience Subcommittee (SAES)

In addition to sub-committees, the UEC utilises Task and Finish groups to deal with specific, short-term issues. The number and structure of these groups changes regularly, to respond to changing priorities.

Comments / questions?

Please contact Academic Quality & Standards Unit

Subcommittees

The main role of EPRS is to ensure the University's education and student management policies effectively support quality learning and teaching.

Current members

NamePositionFaculty/Unit
A/Prof Ian Porter Chair EIS
Prof Nan Seuffert Deputy Chair of Academic Senate BAL
Prof Julia Coyle Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) PVCS
A/Prof Margaret Wallace Student Ombudsman Ombudsman
Ms Leonie Prior Nominee of Director, Student Services SASD
A/Prof Ann Rogerson Associate Dean (Education) BAL
A/Prof Rodney Vickers Associate Dean (Education) EIS
A/Prof Ika Willis Associate Dean (Education) ASSH
A/Prof Karen Walton Associate Dean (Education) SMAH
A/Prof Julie Kiggins Associate Dean (Education) ASSH
Ms Leanne Cambridge Nominee of Director, Learning, Teaching and Curriculum LTC
Mr Dominic Riordan Director, Academic Quality and Standards AQS
Dr Christa Wood Academic Staff Representative BAL
Prof Christian Ritz Academic Staff Representative EIS
Dr Kenneth Cliff Academic Staff Representative (Deputy Chair) ASSH
Mr Tomas Lockhart Student Representative N/A
Ms Allison Clode Executive Officer AQS

AQSS (formerly SAQS) advises on all quality assurance matters as they apply to learning and teaching. It monitors the progress and results of quality audits and reviews, and ensures the University meets the regulatory requirements which apply to higher education.

Current members

PositionName
Senior Academic appointed by the DVCA (term expires March 2021 Associate Professor Julie Kiggins (Chair)
Director, Academic Quality and Standards Mr Dominic Riordan
Chair of Academic Senate Professor Greg Rose
Associate Dean Education Associate Professor Ann Rogerson (BUS and LAW) (Deputy Chair, term expires 20 Dec 2021)
Associate Dean Education Associate Professor Rodney Vickers (EIS)
Associate Dean Education Associate Professor Ika Willis (ASSH)
Associate Dean Education Associate Professor Karen Walton (SMAH)
Associate Dean Education Associate Professor Julie Kiggins (ASSH)
Director Learning, Teaching & Curriculum or nominee Ms Leanne Cambridge
Director Student Services Division or nominee Ms Ellenie Petrou
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) or nominee Ms Kylie Austin
Executive Director (Global) or nominee Mr Brett Lovegrove
Director of Academic Governance and Performance, UOW Global Enterprises or nominee Professor Anthony Williams
Member of Academic Staff

Dr Le Chung Tran (term expires April 2021)

Member of Academic Staff

Dr Tam Ha (term expires March 2021)

Member of Academic Staff Dr Rebecca Middleton (term expires July 2022)
Member of Academic Staff Dr Tam Ha (term expires March 2021)
Student Representative Mr Jacob Morath (term expires 31 December 2020)
Executive Officer Ms Jan Sullivan

 

SAES has responsibility for shaping and supporting the University strategic direction for student academic experience, and through this advising and making recommendations to the UEC for consideration

Current members

MemberName
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) - Chair Professor Julia Coyle
Director, Learning, Teaching and Curriculum - Deputy Chair Professor Martin de Laat
Domestic Postgraduate Student Representative (one) Ms Jessica Lord
Domestic Undergraduate Student Representative (one) Ms Eddi Raglus
International Postgraduate Student Representative (one) Mr Sandeep Satapathy
International Undergraduate Student Representative (one) Ms Tsz Yan She
Director, Woolyungah Indigenous Centre Ms Jaymee Beveridge
Academic Director, Metropolitan Campuses Associate Professor Christopher Magee
Academic Director, Regional Campuses Dr Kimberley McMahon-Coleman
Associate Dean Education (one, nominated by the Chair) Professor Graham Williams
Heads of Students (two, nominated by the Heads of Students Group)

Dr Noelene Weatherby-Fell Professor Mark Dowton

Teaching and Learning Managers (two, nominated in consultation with Faculties)

Ms Jodie Douglas Mr Nik Milosevski

Director, Student Services Division Ms Theresa Hoynes
Manager, Learning Analytics Mr David Fulcher
Executive Officer Ms Amber Croft

 

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