Terms of Reference
UOW Research and Innovation Strategy
The UOW 2020-2025 Research and Innovation Strategy sets out our vision to be a University that creates knowledge for a better world. The Strategy has 5 objectives
- Research excellence and diversity (EMCRs, gender, intersectionality, Indigenous)
- Research with global impact
- Best practise graduate research
- Achieving metrics with integrity, sustainability
- Transformative technologies and translational partnerships.
This Strategy is a high level, aspirational vision for UOW research and innovation in 2025. It doesn’t change with external factors; it remains our target, defining where we are headed as an organisation. What does change - under COVID-19 disruption for example - are our tactics: how we begin the journey and how we plot our progress towards our goal.
The PURE Futures Committee is a new committee established to support the University's 2025 Research Strategy objectives during the COVID19 disruption, by providing advice directly to the Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Research & Innovation) (DVC(R&I)). The committee will include the voice of Early Career Researchers (ECRs) as well as Associate Deans Research (ADRs) and Associate Deans Equity Diversity and Inclusion/Equity Diversity and Inclusion champion AIIM (ADs EDI).
The PURE Futures Committee will be chaired by the DVC(R&I) and will include ADRs, ADs EDI, and up to six (6) members of a UOW ECR Disruption Committee.
The following are ex officio members:
- Dean of Graduate Research
- Director, Research Services Office
Additional members may be seconded, as required, by the DVC(R&I). Diversity will be a consideration of representation on the Committee. If necessary, additional members will be co-opted to meet this requirement. The RSO will provide executive and secretariat support to the Committee.
The role of the PURE Futures Committee is to identify emerging issues and provide advice to the DVC(R&I) on research policy, processes and priorities to support our research community and protect research excellence at UOW, during the rapidly changing COVID-19 disruption period. Members will take a whole-of-university approach in providing their advice.
Discussions and deliberations are confidential and must be kept confidential until ratified and communicated by the DVC(R&I) (after any necessary consultation and adjustment).
Term of appointment
The term of appointment will be 12 months in the first instance (from May 2020 to May 2021).
Committee members are expected to attend all meetings (by video conference, or in person when that is possible). Alternates are not accepted.
Committee members who are unable to take a whole-of-university approach in discussion and decision- making may be replaced (this decision will be at the discretion of the DVC(R&I)).
The committee and the terms of reference will be reviewed by the DVC(R&I) in May 2021.
Committee meetings will be held for 1 hour every 1-2 weeks, in the first instance; additional business may be transacted by email. The frequency of meetings will be agreed by the Committee, after the first few meetings.
The RSO will distribute meeting agenda papers at least a day before each Meeting.
Minutes and action items will be recorded by the Secretariat.
PURE Futures Committee members
|Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) Chair
||Professor Jennifer Martin
|Dean of Graduate Research
||Associate Professor Corinne Cortese
|Director, Research Services Office
Associate Deans (Research)
|Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM)
||Professor Peter Innis
|Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health
||Professor Heath Ecroyd
|Associate Deans (Equity, Diversity & Inclusion)
|Faculty of Business & Law
||Associate Professor Shamika Almeida
|Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities
||Senior Professor Gordon Waitt
|Chair, UOW ECR Disruption Committee
|Faculty of Business and Law
||Dr Erin Twyford
|Deans Researcher Development and Integrity
||Distinguished Professor Sharon Robinson
Senior Professor Melanie Randle
|Dean Research Knowledge Exchange and Translation
||Dr Paul Di Pietro
|Additional Members (as required by the DVCR&I)