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University Education Committee (UEC)

Terms of reference

The University Education Committee (UEC) is a formally constituted committee of 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 the review and appeal of academic decisions, mark and grades and make recommendations to inform the management of student academic reviews and appeals 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 promote opportunities for lifelong learning, through the support and 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 deliberations of these committees.

Membership

The University Education Committee shall consist of:

Ex Officio

  • The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) 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)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global)
  • Dean of Graduate Research
  • Associate Deans (Education)
  • Academic Director, South Western and Southern Sydney Campuses
  • Academic Director, Regional Campuses
  • UOW College General Manager
  • Director, Student and Accommodation Services
  • Director, Academic Quality & Standards
  • Director, Library Services
  • Director, Graduate Career Development & Employability
  • Director, Learning, Teaching & 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 (at least one but no more than two representatives per faculty) appointed by the Chair following consultation with the Executive Dean and Associate Dean (Education) of the relevant faculty
  • One representative of UOW Global Enterprises appointed by the Chair
  • One representative of the Wollongong Academy 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

The following sub-committees support the UEC

  • Education Policy and Quality Subcommittee (EPAQ)
  • 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.


 

Download UEC's Terms of Reference (PDF)


Current UEC members

Position

Name

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) as Chair Professor Theo Farrell
The Chair of Academic Senate Professor Greg Rose
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy) or nominee Mr Brett Lovegrove - Executive Director, Global
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global) Professor Wilma Vialle
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) Professor Julia Coyle
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Inclusion & Outreach) Vacant
Dean of Graduate Research Professor Clive Baldock
Associate Deans (Education) A/Prof Julie Kiggins (ASSH)
Associate Dean (Education) A/Prof Ika Willis (ASSH)
Associate Dean (Education) A/Prof Ann Rogerson (BAL)
Associate Dean (Education) A/Prof Montse Ros (EIS)
Associate Dean (Education) A/Prof Karen Walton (SMAH)
Associate Dean (International) - of two positions Professor Christian Ritz
Associate Dean (International) - of two positions Professor Paul Stapley
Academic Director - South Western and Southern Sydney Campuses Vacant
Academic Director – Regional Campuses Dr Kimberley McMahon-Coleman
Director - Student Service and Accommodation Ms Theresa Hoynes
Director – Library Services Ms Margie Jantti
Director – Student Career Development and Employability Ms Nuala O'Donnell
Director – Learning, Teaching and Curriculum  Ms Leanne Cambridge - Operations Manager, LTC
Director – Academic Quality and Standards Mr Dominic Riordan
Director – Information Management & Technology Services Ms Fiona Rankin
UOW College General Manager Mr Felix Lanceley
WATTLE Representative Dr Belinda Gibbons - Deputy Chair, Executive Committee
University Education Committee Subcommittee Chair
Education Policy and Quality Subcommittee (EPaQS)
Vacant (EPaQS Chair)
University Education Committee Subcommittee Chair
Student Academic Experience Subcommittee (SAES)
Professor Julia Coyle (SAES Chair)
UOW Global Enterprises representative Dr Tony Williams
Academic staff representative from faculty Dr Noelene Weatherby-Fell (ASSH)
Academic staff representative from faculty Dr Martin O’Brien (BAL)
Academic staff representative from faculty Professor Christian Ritz (EIS)
Academic staff representatives from faculty A/Prof Tracey Kuit (SMAH)
Elected Academic Senate Representatives (of five positions) Dr Xiaping Lu
Elected Academic Senate Representatives (of five positions) Dr Sanja Pupovac
Elected Academic Senate Representatives (of five positions) Professor Nina Reynolds
Elected Academic Senate Representatives (of five positions) A/Prof Montse Ros
Elected Academic Senate Representatives (of five positions) Dr Tracey Woolrych
Student Representative Manmeet Singh Batra (International)
Student Representative Benjamin Hamill (Undergraduate)
Student Representative Narayan Khanal (Postgraduate)

Comments / enquiries

Contact UEC Executive Officer

Subcommittees

The Education Policy and Quality Subcommittee (EPAQ) is a formally constituted committee of the University Education Committee (UEC) with particular responsibility for policy and quality assurance and enhancement matters as they relate to learning and teaching. Its focus is on academic quality assurance and enhancement related policy, systems and processes for teaching and learning in undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses and associated programs. EPaQS monitors the progress and results of policy and quality reviews, and ensures the University meets the regulatory requirements that apply to higher education.

Membership

NamePosition
TBA Chair
Prof Greg Rose Deputy Chair of Academic Senate
Prof Julia Coyle Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) or nominee
Prof Wilma Vialle Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global) or nominee
A/Prof Montse Ros Associate Dean (Education)
A/Prof Ann Rogerson Associate Dean (Education)
A/Prof Karen Walton  Associate Dean (Education)
A/Prof Julie Kiggins Associate Dean (Education)
TBA Chair of the Transnational Education and Strategic Alliances Subcommittee or an Associate Dean International nominated by the Chair of TESA
A/Prof Margaret Wallace Student Ombudsman
Mr Dominic Riordan Director, Academic Quality and Standards or nominee
Ms Leanne Cambridge (acting) Director Learning, Teaching & Curriculum or nominee
Ms Theresa Hoynes Director Student Accommodation and Services Division or nominee
Mr Brett Lovegrove Executive Director (Global) or nominee
TBA Academic Staff Representative (Deputy Chair)
TBA Academic Staff Representative
TBA Academic Staff Representative
Mr Nathan Oyet Student Representative
Ms Lorna Morrison Student Representative
Ms Allison Clode Executive Officer

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

NamePosition
Julia Coyle (Prof) Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) & Chair
Theresa Hoynes (Ms)  Director (Student Services Division) & Deputy Chair
William Jamison (Mr) Domestic Undergraduate Student Representative
Julia Picton (Ms) Domestic Postgraduate Student Representative
Kobiljon Ozodbekov (Mr) International Undergraduate Student Representative
Manjeeta Khanal (Ms) International Postgraduate Student Representative
Jaymee Beveridge (Ms)  Executive Director (Indigenous Strategies)
Vacant position Academic Director (Metropolitan Campuses)
Kimberley McMahon-Coleman (Dr) Academic Director (Regional Campuses)
Ann Rogerson (A.Prof) Associate Dean Education (Faculty of Business) (nominated by the Chair)
Noelene Weatherby-Fell (Dr) Head of Students (nominated by the Heads of Students Forum)
Mark Dowton (Prof) Head of Students (nominated by the Heads of Students Forum)
Leanne Cambridge (Ms) Operations Manager Learning Teaching and Curriculum representative (nominated by Prof Theo Farrell DVCE)
Nik Milosevski (Mr) Faculty Teaching and Learning Manager (nominated by the Chair)
David Fulcher (Mr) Manager (Learning Analytics)
Richard Cook (Dr) Director, Strategic Planning
Emma Purdy (Ms) Academic Quality and Policy Specialist (nominated by the Director, Academic Quality and Standards Unit)
Karen Walton (A. Prof) – chair Student Retention and Success Group  attendee
Chris Ritz (Prof) – International Students experience Task and Finish Group attendee
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