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Research committees

University Research Committee (URC)

The University Research Committee (URC) oversees research and research training via strategic policy and management decisions taken within the URC and through the activities of its sub-committees; by ensuring appropriate interaction on research issues; and through the dissemination of information and advice to the Academic Senate.

The Chair of the URC is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), Professor Jennifer L Martin AC.

View the Research Committee Organisational Chart (JPG)

Research Committees

URC terms of reference


Introduction

The University Research Committee (URC) is a formally constituted committee of Academic Senate. The Committee is responsible, within the University’s governance framework, for providing leadership in academic governance through oversight and quality assurance of all matters related to research and research training, research integrity and risk.

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

The URC will support the UOW Strategic Plan, in working toward a position in the top 1% of world universities, by building an outstanding research community that values emerging researchers and supports research-active staff to achieve the highest quality results and disseminate their benefits to user communities.

Responsibilities

The URC shall:

  • In accordance with the HESF (Threshold Standards), provide assurance and advice to Academic Senate and the Vice-Chancellor that:
    • research and research training activities are conducted in accordance with a research policy framework that is designed to achieve:
      1. ethical conduct of research and responsible research practice;
      2. clarification of ownership and management of intellectual property;
      3. successful management of research partnerships;
      4. clarification of requirements for publication and authorship, and
      5. resolution of allegations of misconduct in research.
    • research is conducted, or overseen, by staff with qualifications, research experience and skills relevant to the type of research undertaken and their role.
    • a system for accurate and up-to-date recording of the research outputs of staff and research students is maintained.
    • research training is guided by and undertaken in accordance with the University’s approved policy framework and occurs in an environment of research/scholarly/creative activity with adequate resources and with competent continuing supervisory arrangements.
  • Develop, monitor and review policies within the University’s research policy framework relating to the University’s research activities, including research and research training and internationalisation, and ensure their compliance with State and Commonwealth legislation, and other relevant codes and standards.
  • Provide effective oversight, through monitoring, reviewing and endorsing the activities of its subcommittees.
  • Guide the development of the University’s strategic research priorities and objectives and provide oversight of research performance within the framework of the University’s Strategic Planningprocess.
  • Review guidelines for the, formation and/or continuation of University Research Institutes and Faculty Research Centres.
  • Review and monitor the University’s Global Challenges Program and other mechanisms that encourage interdisciplinary research within the University.
  • Provide leadership and advice on mechanisms to improve monitoring, benchmarking and reporting of the University’s research performance.
  • Facilitate the effective exchange and dissemination of information concerning research and research training issues to the broader research community through robust communication processes.
  • Inform and advise the Academic Senate and the Vice-Chancellor on research and research training matters as they arise.

The URC and its sub-committees complement and support the following roles and functions responsible for managing or running the various research activities of the University:

  • The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
  • The Dean of Research
  • Research & Innovation Division (RAID)
  • Faculty Research Committees
  • University Research Institutes
  • UOW Global Challenges

 

URC Membership

The DVC(R&I) will appoint members to the URC for a term of two years and will consider disciplinary balance and spread, when inviting additional members. Both genders are to be represented on the URC and all URC sub-committees, and if necessary additional members will be co-opted to meet this requirement. Executive Secretary, Director, Research Services Office Minutes Secretary, Assistant to the Director, Research Services Office.

The URC shall consist of:

Role/positionCurrent member/s
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) 
Chair
Professor Jennifer Martin
Dean of Research
Deputy Chair
Vacant
Dean of Graduate Research Professor Clive Baldock
Chair, Academic Senate (or Delegate) Professor Greg Rose (from 01/07/2020) 
Associate Deans (Research) 
  • A/Professor Germanas Peleckis, Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM)
  • Professor Roger Lewis, Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences (EIS)
  • S/Professor Simon Ville, Faculty of Business and Law (BAL)
  • Professor Jenny Beck, Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health (SMAH)
  • Professor Lisa Kervin, Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (ASSH)
Executive Directors (or Delegate)
  • Professor Will Price, Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM)
  • S/Professor Tony Okely, Early Start Research Institute
  • Professor David Adams, Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute
  • Professor Pascal Perez, SMART Infrastructure Facility 
Global Challenges Director (or Delegate) S/Professor Sharon Robinson
Up to six Research Leaders (or Delegate) as invited by the DVC(R&I) 
  • Distinguished Professor Antoine van Oijen, Molecular Horizons
  • Distinguished Professor Richard Roberts, ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH)
  • S/Professor David Steel, National Institute for Applied Statistical Research Australian (NIASRA)
  • S/Professor Zaiping Guo, Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM)
  • S/Professor Pauline McGuirk, Australian centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space (ACCESS)
  • Professor Stacy Carter, Research for Social Change
Up to three Additional Invited Members (including an ECR)
  • Distinguished Professor Nick Dixon, School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience, Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health 
  • Professor Kathleen Clapham, Australian Health Services Research Institute, Faculty of Business and Law
  • Dr Michelle Voyer, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), Faculty of Business and Law
Chair, Thesis Examination Committee (TEC) A/Professor David Mercer
Higher Degree Research (HDR) Student Representative as invited by the DVR(R&I) Vacant
RaID Representatives
  • Ms Sharon Martin, Director, Research Services Office
  • Mr George Tomka, Senior Manager, Innovation & Commercialisation
  • Mr Omar Khalifa, CEO, iAccelerate
  • Ms Susan Flint, Manager, Graduate Research School
UOW Dubai Representative as invited by the DVR(R&I) Vacant


The URC meets at least four times per year.


2020 meetings

  • Tuesday 3 March, 12.30pm-2.30pm. Agenda deadline: Wednesday 19 February 2020
  • Thursday 14 May 10.00am-11.30am Agenda deadline: Wednesday 29 April 2020
  • Wednesday 29 July, 10.00am-11.30am Agenda deadline: Wednesday 15 July 2020
  • Wednesday 21 October, 10.00am-11.30am Agenda deadline: Friday 2 October 2020

Meeting minutes

2020: 

2019: 

2018: 

2017: 

2016: 

Terms of reference

The Research Integrity Committee (RIC) is a formally constituted Sub-Committee of the University Research Committee (URC). The Committee is responsible, within the University’s governance framework, for the promotion of research excellence by and driving the principles developed for responsible research conduct that provides a foundation for high-quality research, credibility and community trust in the research profession as required by the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the “Code”).

Responsibilities

The RIC will drive a culture of responsible conduct of research as an integral part of all research behaviours, to promote research excellence at UOW.

The RIC will:

  • Actively promote the responsible conduct of research and ensure that UOW has the policies and processes in place to meet the requirements of the Code. The RIC will assist in the development and review of key research policies and provide advice to the URC.
  • Actively promote and monitor compliance with appropriate legislation and codes governing research integrity including monitoring UOW policies, procedures and guidelines in response to new or changed legislation and implementing appropriate compliance programs.
  • Actively engage in the planning, implementation and monitoring of educational and training programs as well as other resources to ensure University staff, students and affiliated researchers are aware of compliance and accountability requirements related to the Code and other legislation impacting on the responsible conduct of research.
  • Actively provide advice and guidance on all UOW research integrity related processes such as ethics and research misconduct, including: identifying ways to streamline processes and forms between systems, continuous improvement of legislative compliance programs and reviewing anonymised allegations or aggregated data on research misconduct in order to identify common issues and develop mechanisms to prevent reoccurrence.

This RIC will provide coherence to research integrity activities and effectively create links between relevant areas within the University. The Committee will therefore also serve as an advisory body on research-related integrity matters to other UOW operational committees (e.g. the University Education Committee - Education Policy Review sub-Committee) and the URC.

Membership

The RIC shall consist of:

  • The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), or a senior academic appointed by the DVC(R&I) (Chair)
  • Dean of Research (or nominee)
  • Associate Dean, Research (or nominee) from each Faculty
  • Research Integrity Advisor Network representative *
  • Director, Research Services Office (or nominee)
  • Director, Governance Unit (or nominee)
  • HDR Student representative *
  • Chair, UOW/ISLHD Human Research Ethics Committee (Health & Medical)
  • Chair, UOW/ISLHD Human Research Ethics Committee (Social Sciences)
  • Chair, Animal Ethics Committee
  • Chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee
  • Up to three (3) additional academic staff members * may be appointed by the DVC(R&I)

Executive Officer: Research Integrity Officer, Research Services Office.

* Positions not filled ex officio have a term of two (2) years and will be appointed by the DVC (R&I).

The Chair may choose to invite experts to the meeting to provide advice to the Committee.

Both genders are to be represented on the RIC sub-committees, and if necessary additional members will be co-opted to meet this requirement.

Current RIC Members

Role/positionCurrent member/s
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) or a senior academic appointed by the DVC(R&I)
Chair
Professor Jennifer Martin
Dean of Graduate Research (or nominee)  Professor Clive Baldock
Associate Deans (Research) (or nominee)
  • A/Professor Germanas Peleckis, Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM)
  • Professor Aditya Ghose (nominee), Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences (EIS) 
  • S/Professor Simon Ville, Faculty of Business and Law (BAL)
  • Professor Jenny Beck, Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health (SMAH)
  • Professor Lisa Kervin, Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (ASSH)
Research Integrity Advisor Network Representative * Dr Jenny Sim
Director, Research Services Office (or nominee) Ms Sharon Martin
Director, Governance Unit (or nominee) Ms Sally Towse (nominee)
Higher Degree Research (HDR) Student Representative *  Vacant
Chair, UOW/ISLHD Human Research Ethics Committee (Health & Medical) Dr Sue Thomas
Chair, UOW/ISLHD Human Research Ethics Committee (Social Sciences) A/Professor Natascha Klocker
Chair, Animal Ethics Committee Dr Malcolm France
Chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee Dr Martina Sanderson-Smith
Up to three (3) additional academic staff members * may be appointed by the DVC(R&I)
  • A/Professor Attila Mozer
  • Vacant
  • Vacant
In Attendance
  • Ms Eve Steinke, Manager, Research Ethics and Integrity
  • Ms Aimee Wall, Snr Research Integrity & Ethics Officer (minute secretary)

Quorum

The Committee shall have a quorum which is equal to one half or, where one half is not a whole number, the whole number next higher to one half of the total number of members of the Committee.

The total number of members, for the purposes of the quorum, shall exclude the Chairs of the Ethics (Human and Animal) and Institutional Biosafety Committee.

Meeting frequency

The RIC will meet at least four (4) times per year.

The Committee may also establish working parties for specific projects. Expert advisors and appointees to working parties do not need to be permanent members of the Committee. Working parties shall report to the Committee.

RIC sub-committees

The following Sub-Committees support the RIC:

  • Human Research Ethics Committee (Health and Medical);
  • Human Research Ethics Committee (Social Sciences);
  • Animal Ethics Committee;
  • Institutional Biosafety Committee.

2020/21 meetings

Agenda DeadlineMeeting Date
19 November 2020 Thursday 3 December 2020, 9.30am-11.00am
20 January 2020 Wednesday 3 February, 3.00pm – 4.30pm
12 May 2020 Wednesday 26 May, 3.00pm – 4.30pm
23 July 2020 Friday 6 August, 10.30am – 12.00pm
6 Oct 2020 Wednesday 20 October, 10.30am – 12.00pm
24 Nov 2020 Wednesday 8 December, 3.00pm – 4.30pm

Agenda deadlines are the dates by which items and papers must be received by the Research Integrity Officer.

Members

Role/positionCurrent member/s
Dean of Research
Chair
Vacant
Dean of Graduate Research Professor Clive Baldock
Associate Deans (Research) of each faculty
  • A/Professor Germanas Peleckis, Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM)
  • Professor Roger Lewis, Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences (EIS)
  • S/Professor Simon Ville, Faculty of Business and Law (BAL)
  • Professor Jenny Beck, Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health (SMAH)
  • Professor Lisa Kervin, Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (ASSH) 
Other Nominees as appointed by the URC Chair, as appropriate Vacant
In Attendance: 
  • Mr Lucas Hughes (acting), Executive Secretary, Grants Manager, Research Services Office
  • Ms Louise Vandenberg, Minute Secretary, Research Grants Assistant, Research Services Office

Terms of Reference

The Research IT and Systems Committee is responsible for the development and execution of strategy in support of the URC and the wider UOW community. These responsibilities include:

  • Governance of research IT projects
  • Research Data Management
  • High Performance Computing
  • Specialised research IT
  • Research performance reporting
  • External partnerships (such as ANDS, NCI and Google)
  • Other strategic initiatives

The Committee meetings will facilitate:

  • Cross-divisional information sharing and discussion
  • Senior Executive briefings
  • Programme and project status reporting
  • Research community consultation
  • Discussion, development and review of strategy
  • Development and maintenance of policy instruments

Structure/reporting lines

The Research IT and Systems Committee shall report directly to the University Research Committee. The Research IT and Systems Committee reports to the IT Advisory Group for the purposes of programme group reporting and capital funding.

Roles and responsibilities of members

Members of this Committee represent key decision makers and stakeholders in UOW Research IT. Each member may wish to delegate the responsibility to a more appropriate staff member in the area.

The RITAS Committee shall consist of:

  • The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation)
  • The Dean of Research
  • The Dean of Graduate Research
  • The Director of Research Services Office (Deputy Chair)
  • The Program Manager, Research Analytics, Systems and Support, RSO (Chair)
  • The University Librarian, Library Services (or delegate)
  • Portfolio Manager - Research & Library, IMTS
  • The Senior Manager, Innovation and Commercial Research Unit
  • Project Officer – HDR Training and Student Systems
  • A Research Institute/Centre Director invited by the DVC(R&I)
  • A researcher with advanced computing needs & interest nominated by DVC(R&I)
  • The Chair of the HPC Steering Committee
  • The Chair of the UOW Scholars Steering Committee
  • The Chair of the Research Data Storage and Management Working Group
  • Up to two additional members invited by the DVC(R&I)

Additional members may be co-opted to the Committee in an advisory capacity on the basis of their expertise in particular areas.

The DVC(R&I) will appoint members to the Committee for a term of two years.

Current RITAS members

Role/positionCurrent member/s
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) Professor Jennifer Martin
Dean of Research Vacant
Dean (Graduate Research) Professor Clive Baldock
The Director of Research Services Office 
Deputy Chair
Ms Sharon Martin
Program Manager, Research Analytics, Systems and Support
Chair
Dr Richard Cook
The University Librarian, Library Services (or delegate) Ms Clare McKenzie
Associate Director, IMTS Infrastructure Services, IMTS Mr Steffan Bale
The Senior Manager, Innovation and Commercial Research Unit Dr George Tomka (acting)
Project Officer - HDR Training and Student Systems Mr Abhilash Vijayan
A Research Institute/Centre Directory invited by the DVC(R&I)  Professor Marijka Batterham
A researcher with advanced computing needs & interest nominated by DVC(R&I) Dr Thomas Plantard
The Chair of the HPC Steering Committee A/Professor Haibo Yu
The chair of the UOW Scholars Steering Committee Ms Ann Hollifield
The Chair of the Research Data Storage and Management Working Group Dr Alan Maccarone
Up to two additional members invited by the DVC(R&I) Dr Voltaire Velazco
Mr David Webster


Working groups

The Research IT and Systems Committee shall establish working groups for specific projects. Appointees to working groups do not need to be members of the Committee. These Working Groups shall report to the Committee.
Working Groups supporting and reporting to the Committee include:

  • High Performance Computing Steering Committee
  • UOW Scholars Steering Committee
  • Research Data Storage and Management Working Group
  • Project Control Groups (as required to govern & direct individual projects)

Quarterly reports will be provided by Working Groups & sub-committees prior to each Committee meeting, and included in the agenda for discussion.

Meetings

The Committee will meet at least four times per year.

Minutes Secretary

Research Systems Analyst, Research Services Office

Quorum

The Committee shall have a quorum which is equal to one half or, where one half is not a whole number, the whole number next higher to one half of the total number of members of the Committee.

2020 meetings

  • RITAS.2020.01 | Wednesday 5th February 2020, 9:30am – 11:00am
  • RITAS.2020.02 | Monday 6th April 2020, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
  • RITAS.2020.03 | Monday 6th July 2020, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
  • RITAS.2020.04 | Wednesday 7th October 2020, 9:30am – 11:00am

Terms of Reference

Background

In 2018 the University Research Committee (URC) established the Research Engagement and Impact Strategy Working Group to strengthen and grow support for research impact at the university. This resulted in the development of the Research Impact Strategy White Paper which was approved for implementation by URC on 12 June 2019. The Research Impact Strategy White Paper provided 19 recommendations to inform and deliver an institution-wide approach to research engagement and impact.

The Researcher Development and Impact Reference Group is established under Recommendation 4 of the Research Impact Strategy White Paper. The Researcher Development and Impact Reference Group shall report to the URC and advise the URC on research engagement and impact matters as they arise.

Objectives

The Researcher Development and Impact Reference Group is the leadership group responsible for the delivery of the UOW Research Impact Strategy. The Reference Group will:

  • Oversee implementation of the Recommendations from the UOW Research Impact Strategy White Paper;
  • Identify and action opportunities to refine and grow impact, engagement and researcher development opportunities across the University, maximising synergies with the UN SDGs, including through regular dialogue with the Rankings Strategy Advisory Group;
  • Facilitate and embed university-wide engagement and impact best practice;
  • Build and foster a culture of impact across the university and across disciplines and career stages;
  • Advocate and promote the UOW Research Impact Strategy;
  • Recommend approaches for training, funding, reporting and recognition of research engagement and
    impact at the university;
  • Work closely with the Impact Champions to implement the UOW Research Impact Strategy,
    identifying any barriers to, and enablers of, achieving the Recommendations.
  • Offer recognition to those who are participating and doing well in delivering on the UOW Research
    Impact Strategy.

Membership

The Researcher Development and Impact Reference Group will comprise the following members:

  • Professor William Price, Chair – appointed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation);
  • Up to two (2) Research Institute/Centre Director(s), and/or Global Challenge Academic Leader(s);
  • Up to six (6) Associate Dean (Research) (or delegates);
  • At least one (1)Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research representative(s);
  • One (1) E/MCR representative;
  • Research Development and Impact Manager (RSO); and
  • Up to two (2) additional members.

Representatives from RAID, other relevant units and external research stakeholders will be invited to attend to discuss or provide input into specific issues as necessary.

All members shall be appointed by the DVC(R&I) for a term of two years, unless otherwise provided.

The Researcher Development and Impact Reference Group will endeavour to have membership which reflects the diversity of the university community.

Membership will reflect the scope of research impact and engagement activities within the faculties and across the University and include representation of research institutes, as well as strategic research initiatives.

Current members

Role/positionCurrent member/s
Chair, appointed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovaction) Professor Will Price, Executive Director, AIIM
Up to five Associate Deans (Research) (or delegates)
  • Professor Lisa Kervin, Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (ASSH)
  • Professor Roger Lewis, Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences (EIS)
  • Professor Jenny Beck, Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health (SMAH)
  • Professor Simon Ville, Faculty of Business and Law (BAL)
  • Associate Professor Germanas Peleckis, Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM)
Up to two Research Institute/Centre Director(s), and/or Global Challenge Academic Leader(s)
  • Professor Geoffrey Spinks, Global Challenge Academic Leader
  • Vacant, Research Leader
At least one Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research representative (s) Professor Kathleen Clapham
One E/MCR representative Dr Belinda Gibbons
Research Development and Impact Manager (RSO) Ms Lia Sherwood
Up to two additional members
  • Ms Sharon Martin, Director, Research Services Office
  • Vacant, additional member 

Meetings

The Researcher Development and Impact Reference Group will meet approximately quarterly until completion of the UOW Research Impact Strategy recommendations.

2020 Meeting Dates

  • Friday, 27 March 2020, 11.00am - 12.30pm
  • Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 12.30pm - 2.00pm
  • Tuesday, 14 September 2020, 1.30pm - 3.00pm
  • Wednesday, 23 November, 11.30am - 1.00pm 

Quorum

The Researcher Development and Impact Reference Group shall have a quorum which is equal to one half or, where one half is not a whole number, the whole number next higher to one half of the total number of members of the Researcher Development and Impact Reference Group.

Terms of reference

The Thesis Examination Committee (TEC) looks at higher degree research thesis examination and policy and is a subcommittee of the University Research Committee. The Thesis Examination Committee (TEC) shall:

  • Oversee the processes and policies governing UOW Higher Degree Research (HDR) thesis examination;
  • Consider reports from examiners of Doctoral by Research and Masters by Research theses, determine a resolution based on those reports and the report from the Head of Postgraduate Studies;
  • Consider submissions of theses for examination as Higher Doctoral Degrees, determine appropriateness for examination and approve final examiners;
  • Monitor the thesis examination progress of all candidates and take appropriate action where unreasonable delays are encountered;
  • Ratify all “straightforward matters” accepted by two TEC representatives, one being the Chair or Deputy Chair;
  • Respond to any miscellaneous matters relating to thesis examination; and
  • Liaise with the Manager of the Graduate Research School to ensure thesis examination practices and policies are appropriately managed and promoted across the University.

Roles and responsibilities of members 

The TEC shall consist of:

  • A Chair
  • Six faculty/Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) representatives. Up to four additional members appointed by the URC Chair 

The Dean of Research will nominate the Chair and any additional Committee members, whilst the Executive Deans/AIIM Executive Director will nominate their Faculty representatives. Additional TEC members shall be appointed, if needed, to ensure that the TEC has a suitably wide range of disciplinary expertise. The Dean of Research shall also appoint one of the Faculty/AIIM representatives as Deputy Chair. The TEC Executive Secretary is the Manager, Graduate Research School.

All TEC members shall be academic staff and the Chair will be a senior academic, with an appointment as Professor or Associate Professor.

All TEC members will be appointed for a term of two years.


Members

  • David Mercer, Chair
  • Stephen Ralph (Deputy Chair), Faculty of Science Medicine and Health
  • Sarah Howard, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Lois Burgess, Faculty of Business
  • Neaz Sheikh, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
  • Niamh Kinchin, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
  • Jiazhao Wang, Australian Institute for Innovative Materials
  • Son Lam Phung, University Representative
  • Victoria Traynor, University Representative
  • Wendy Nielsen, University Representative

TEC secretary

Susan Flint, Manager, Graduate Research School
E: sflint@uow.edu.au
T: 02 4221 3479 


Meetings

The TEC meets at least 11 times per year.

Quorum - The Committee shall have a quorum which is equal to one half or, where one half is not a whole number, the whole number next higher to one half of the total number of members of the Committee.

2020-2021 meeting dates

Agenda DeadlineMeeting Date
25 November 2020 2 December 2020
27 January 2021 3 February 2021
 24 February 2021  3 March 2021
31 March 2021 7 April 2021
28 April 2021 5 May 2021
26 May 2021 2 June 2021
30 June 2021 7 July 2021
28 July 2021 4 August 2021
25 August 2021 1 September 2021
29 September 2021 6 October 2021
27 October 2021 3 November 2021
24 November 2021 1 December 2021

Research Sub-Committees and Advisory Groups

Terms of Reference

The University of Wollongong’s inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan 2019–2021 (RAP) aims to establish UOW as an organisation where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, cultures and values are respected and are reflected in our teachings and the attributes of all our graduates.

To support activities that continuously develop and enhance the growth and development of Indigenousled research as recommended in the RAP, a UOW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Strategy will be developed. The Strategy will aim to:

  • Ensure appropriate support and development opportunities are provided to Indigenous researchers;
  • Attract and retain Indigenous researchers at the University;
  • Broaden the scope of research conducted by Indigenous researchers;
  • Raise the profile of Indigenous researchers at the University of Wollongong; and
  • Build our Indigenous research strength.

A University Research Committee (URC) Working Party (the Working Party) will be established to facilitate the Strategy and associated action items allocated to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) portfolio under the RAP. The proposed Program of Work for the activities of the Working Party is provided at Attachment 1.

The RAP will be integrated into the refreshed University’s Planning and Reporting Framework and will inform University-wide strategies, performance indicators, plans and operations. Consequently, the establishment of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Strategy Working Party is of strategic significance to the University.

Responsibilities

In order to align the activities of the University with the commitment to support and grow Indigenous research student and staff capacity at UOW, the Working Party shall:

  • Advocate for a whole of institution approach to grow the critical mass of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HDR students and researchers at UOW;
  • Create networking opportunities across the university sector more broadly to support and advance Indigenous HDR completions at UOW;
  • Encourage and assist Faculties to identify potential research students during their undergraduate years and provide support, mentoring and relevant research opportunities;
  • Develop pathways and support structures for Indigenous students to undertake research training, doctoral degrees and postdoctoral fellowships, in order to progress to teaching and research academic roles at UOW;
  • Develop a more systematic approach to attracting and supporting potential Indigenous HDR students across all disciplines;
  • Review and refine research-related scholarship and support programs for Indigenous students;
  • Develop mechanisms for funding top-ups, introduce shared funding models between the Graduate Research School and Faculties and provide funding for research training degrees such as Honours and Masters of Research;
  • Explore relationships with industry, government, Aboriginal corporations and the community; and
  • Develop effective and appropriate guidelines for research related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Membership

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) Co-Chair Professor Jennifer L Martin
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Inclusion & Outreach) Co-Chair Professor Paul Chandler
Dean of Graduate Research Professor Clive Baldock
Dean of Research Vacant
Indigenous Research Representatives  
Australian Health Services Research Institute, Faculty of Business Professor Kathleen Clapham
School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences Dr Anthony McKnight
Manager, Reconciliation Plan Ms Jo Goulding
Associate Deans Research (or delegate)  
Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) A/Professor Germanas Peleckis
Faculty of Business and Law (BAL) S/Professor Simon Ville
Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences (EIS) Professor Roger Lewis
Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (ASSH) Professor Lisa Kervin
Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health (SMAH) Professor Jenny Beck
Director, Woolyungah Indigenous Centre Ms Jaymee Beveridge
Global Challenges Executive Director S/Professor Sharon Robinson
RaID Representatives  
Director, Research Services Office Ms Sharon Martin
CEO, iAccelerate Mr Omar Khalifa
Manager, Research Promotions & Marketing, RSO Ms Vicky Wallace

Contact
Email: research-services@uow.edu.au
Phone (02) 4221 3386

Please note that the last Executive Committee meetings will be held on Tuesday 15th December and all submissions must be received by our Office no later than 12noon Friday 11th December 2020.

The first Executive Committee meetings for 2021 will be held on Tuesday 19th January 2021 with the agenda deadline being Friday 15th January 2021.

Please note that the Ethics Unit will be staffed at a skeleton level between 21st December 2020 – 18th January 2021.


There are two Human Research Ethics Committees, the Social Sciences HREC and the Health and Medical HREC. Research involving children, vulnerable groups, overseas participants, invasive procedures or a sensitive topic must be reviewed by a meeting of a full HREC. On average the review process takes six weeks from date of submission; you should allow eight weeks for the process.

Low risk research is normally reviewed by the Executive Committees of the HRECs. The Executive Committees meet weekly. On average the review process takes 2-3 weeks from date of submission; you should allow six weeks for the process.

If you are still unsure please contact the Ethics Unit on 4221 3386 or rso-ethics@uow.edu.au

Applications must be received by the Ethics Unit by the Agenda Deadline.  All agenda deadlines close at 12 noon.

Terms of reference


Social Sciences HREC

2020/19 meeting dates

Time: 12.30pm
Online Zoom Meetings until further notice

Agenda deadline Meeting date 
Thursday 22 October 2020 Thursday 12 November 2020
Thursday 19 November 2020 Thursday 10 December 2020
Thursday – 28 January 2021 Thursday - 18 February 2021
Thursday – 25 Feb 2021 Thursday - 18 March 2021
Thursday – 25 March 2021 Thursday - 15 April 2021
Thursday – 29 April 2021 Thursday - 20 May 2021
Thursday – 27 May 2021 Thursday - 17 June 2021
Thursday – 1 July 2021 Thursday - 22 July 2021
Thursday – 29 July 2021 Thursday - 19 August 2021
Thursday – 26 August 2021 Thursday - 16 September 2021
Thursday – 23 September 2021 Thursday – 14 October 2021
Thursday – 21 October Thursday – 11 November
Thursday – 25 November 2021 Thursday – 16 December 2021

Social Sciences HREC Members

Member categoryMember name

Chair
Researcher: Geography & Sustainable Communities

A/Prof Natascha Klocker

Deputy Chair
Researcher: Education

Dr Helen Georgiou

Deputy Chair
Researcher: Psychology

A/Professor Jane Herbert
Laywoman Ms Carolynne Macdonald
Layman Mr Ben Hession
Pastoral Member John Reed
Lawyer Ms Linda Wright

Professional Carer: Nursing

Ms Miriam Coyle
Researcher: Business Dr Jennifer Algie
Researcher: Psychology Dr Amy Chan
Researcher: Education Dr Dylan Cliff
Researcher: Education Dr Rose Dixon
Researcher: Creative Arts Dr Lucas Ihlein
Researcher: Education Dr Anthony McKnight
Researcher: Health & Society Dr Heike Schutze
Researcher: Earth, Atmospheric & Life Sciences Dr Joshua Whittaker


Health & Medical HREC

2020/21 meeting dates

Time: 12.30pm
Online Zoom Meetings until further notice

Agenda deadline Meeting date 
Tuesday 13 October 2020 Tuesday 3 November 2020
Tuesday 10 November 2020 Tuesday 1 December 2020
Tuesday – 19 January 2021 Tuesday - 9 February 2021
Tuesday – 16 February 2021 Tuesday - 9 March 2021
Tuesday – 16 March 2021 Tuesday - 6 April 2021
Tuesday – 13 April 2021 Tuesday - 4 May 2021
Tuesday – 18 May 2021 Tuesday - 8 June 2021
Tuesday - 15 June 2021 Tuesday - 6 July 2021
Tuesday - 13 July 2021 Tuesday - 3 August 2021
Tuesday - 17 August 2021 Tuesday - 7 September 2021
Tuesday - 14 September 2021 Tuesday - 5 October 2021
Tuesday – 12 October 2021 Tuesday - 2 November 2021
Tuesday - 16 November 2021 Tuesday - 7 December 2021

Health and Medical HREC Members

Member categoryMember name

Chair
Researcher: Behavioural Sciences

Dr Susan Thomas

Deputy Chair
Clinician

Professor James Greenstein
Layman Mr Rex Leighton
Laywoman Ms Susan Sumskis
Pastoral Member Ms Siobhan Christian

Lawyer

Mr Mark Saunders
Ethicist/carer Dr Elli Storey

Professional Carer:Nursing

Ms Miriam Coyle

Professional Carer: Chronic Disease Management

Ms Karin Robinson
Public Health Dr Smriti Jaiswal
Pharmacist Ms Kristel Gelfius
Researcher and Clinician A/Professor Win Khin

Researcher: Stem Cells

A/Professor Mirella Dottori

Researcher: Population Health

Mr Darren Mayne

Researcher and Carer: Nursing and Midwifery

Dr Shahla Meedya
Researcher/Clinician: Medicine  A/Prof Joel Rhee

Researcher: Public Health

Dr Kathryn Weston 

2020/21 meetings

Animal ethics committee:

Agenda DeadlineMeeting Date
Friday 13 November 2020 Thursday 3 December 2020
Friday – 5 February 2021 Thursday - 25 February 2021
Friday - 12 March 2021 Thursday - 1 April 2021
Friday – 16 April 2021 Thursday - 13 May 2021
Friday – 4 June 2021 Thursday - 24 June 2021
Friday – 23 July 2021 Thursday - 12 August 2021
Friday – 3 September 2021 Thursday - 23 September 2021
Friday – 8 October 2021 Thursday - 28 October 2021
Friday – 12 November 2021 Thursday - 2 December 2021


Meeting time: 12:30pm. Venue: RSO Presentation Room 20.109 

* Agenda deadlines are the dates by which applications must be received at the Research Services Office by the Ethics Unit. Agenda items must be submitted by 12noon.

2020 sub- committee:

    • Tuesday 9 February 2021: Agenda Deadline Tuesday 2 February 2021

*Agenda dealines are the dates by which amendment requests must be received at the Research Services Office by the Ethics Unit (Note: applications may only be considered at a full committee meeting.

The University of Wollongong has established the Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) to review the ethical aspects of research and teaching for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.

The purpose of the Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) is to review the ethical aspects of research and teaching for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.


Membership

The University of Wollongong Animal Ethics Committee is constituted according to the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes 8th Edition 2013. The membership comprises at least one person from each of the following categories, and Categories C and D must together represent at least one-third of the Animal Ethics Committee membership.

  • Chair
  • Category A - Veterinarian: A person with qualifications in veterinary science that are recognised for registration as a veterinary surgeon in Australia, and with experience relevant to the institution's activities or the ability to acquire relevant knowledge.
  • Category B - Animal Researcher: A suitably qualified person with substantial recent experience in the use of animals for scientific purposes relevant to the institution and the business of the Animal Ethics Committee.  This must include possession of a higher degree in research or equivalent experience.
  • Category C - Animal Welfare Member; A person with demonstrable commitment to, and established experience in, furthering the welfare of animals, who is not employed by or otherwise associated with the institution, and who is not currently involved in the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. The person should, where possible, be selected on basis of active membership of, and endorsement by, such an organisation.
  • Category D - Lay Person: A person not employed by, or otherwise associated with, the institution and who has never been involved in the use of animals in scientific or teaching activities, either in their employment or beyond their undergraduate education.
  • Animal Welfare Officer
  • Ethicist

Before conducting or commencing any research investigation involving animals, staff and students of the University are required to submit a research ethics application to the AEC and obtain approval to ensure that all statutory requirements are met.

Terms of reference


Contact

E: rso-aec@uow.edu.au

The Institutional Biosafety Committee was established in 2019, replacing the former Gene Technology Review Committee.

Terms of reference

Meetings

The IBC meets five times a year on a Thursday from 12.30pm – 3pm.

The meetings are held in Building 20, Level 1, Room 109 (Research Services Office Meeting Room).

Agenda deadlines and meeting dates

Agenda deadlineMeeting date
Thursday 26 November 2020 Thursday 12 November 2020
Thursday - 25 February 2021 Thursday – 11 March 2021
Thursday – 22 April 2021 Thursday – 6 May 2021
Thursday – 24 June 2021 Thursday – 8 July 2021
Thursday - 26 August 2021 Thursday - 9 September 2021
Thursday - 4 November 2021 Thursday - 25 November 2021

*Agenda items must be submitted to: rso-biosafety@uow.edu.au by 12noon on the deadline day. Items received after this date and time will be placed on the papers of the next meeting.

Members

  • A/Professor Martina Sanderson-Smith, Chair
  • Dr Alan Champion, Deputy Chair
  • Professor Nicholas Dixon
  • Professor Chao Deng
  • A/Professor Jeremy Crook
  • Ms Katie Cicero
  • Dr Kara Vine-Perrow
  • Ms Kristy Adams
  • Mr Mark Stephenson
  • Mr Mark Webb (External)
  • Ms Penny Potter, Executive Officer

All correspondence for the IBC is to be sent to: rso-biosafety@uow.edu.au

The UOW High Performance Computing (HPC) Steering Committee addresses key strategic issues surrounding the governance, support and utilisation of the University’s High Performance Computing resources. The Committee currently meets on a quarterly basis and is facilitated by the Research Services Office.

The objectives of the HPC Steering Committee are:

  • To develop a strategy guiding the use, provision and support of HPC at UOW
  • To ensure resource allocations provide equity, sustainability and the efficient use of high-value HPC assets
  • To realise the greatest possible benefit from UOW’s investment into HPC resources and services

It is intended that the HPC Steering Committee will deliver:

  • A documented strategy for the use, support and management of HPC at the University of Wollongong
  • A prioritisation framework for UOW’s HPC resources
  • Guidelines for researchers regarding the access and use of UOW’s HPC resources. These guidelines shall provide a practical interpretation of the UOW HPC strategy and methods of accessing HPC resources

The HPC Steering Committee makes recommendations to the RITAS Committee regarding UOW’s use of and ongoing support for HPC for research purposes.


Membership

The HPC Steering Committee is intended to be an open and inclusive network of advanced computing stakeholders. The current members of the Committee are:

  • Chair: A/Prof Haibo Yu, School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience
  • Mr Jason Andrade, Research IT, IMTS
  • Dr David Bolst, School of Physics
  • Dr Simon Brown, Molecular Horizons
  • A/Prof Rodney Clarke, School of Management Operations and Marketing
  • Dr Richard Cook, Program Manager, Information Services for Research, RSO
  • Dr David Cortie, Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials
  • Mr Christopher Dunn, SMART Infrastructure Facility
  • Dr Nicolas Flament, School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences
  • A/Prof Markus Hagenbuchner, School of Computing and Information Technology
  • Ms Ann Hollifield, Research Business Applications Manager, RSO
  • A/Prof Josip Horvat, School of Physics
  • Mr Craig Muller, Information Management and Technology Services
  • A/Prof Aaron Oakley, School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience
  • Dr Thomas Plantard, School of Computing and Information Technology
  • Dr Mark Schira, School of Psychology
  • Dr Voltaire Velazco, School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences
  • Dr Hongtao Zhu, School of Mechanical, Materials & Mechatronics Engineering
  • Dr Alessandra Malaroda, School of Physics

2020 meetings

  • 2020.01 | Wednesday 29th January 2020,9:30am – 11:00am
  • 2020.02 | Wednesday 1st April 2020,9:30am – 11:00am
  • 2020.03 | Wednesday 1st July 2020, 9:30am – 11:00am
  • 2020.04 | Wednesday 30th September 2020, 9:30am – 11:00am
  • 2020.05 | Wednesday 9th December 2020, 9:30am – 11:00am

Meetings are held in room 20.109, University of Wollongong.

Terms of Reference

The Research Data Storage and Management (RDSM) Working Group is responsible for addressing strategic issues and audit findings in relation to the governance, organisational support, skills development and technology implications of maintaining the University’s data assets and supporting research processes.

The key objectives of the RDSM working Group are:

  • Verify the business requirements of the RDSM project
  • Monitor and report on the progress of the RDSM project’s execution
  • Provide high level input into the identification and development of appropriate RDSM training
    programs
  • Provide a channel for communication and consultation regarding significant RDSM project matters
  • Address findings from the 2017 internal Research Data Management Audit

The deliverables of the RDSM Working Group are:

  • Verified business requirements as an input to the RDSM project
  • Feedback and approval for tools and training developed for RDSM workflows
  • Recommendations to update the University Research Data Management Policy
  • Proposed process for monitoring compliance with the University Research Data Management Policy and recommendations on how this process can be integrated with the RDSM technology solution

The RDSM Working Group may also make recommendations to influence broader research data management practices at UOW. These recommendations may include:

  • The use of specific tools, software and resources to improve research data management and governance
  • The use of research data management services (either new or existing)
  • Researchers’ access to training, education and/or consultative services
  • The use of external third-party services in relation to research data (such as cloud storage or computing solutions)
  • Guidelines on the legal and ethical implications for international data storage and custodianship.

Structure/reporting lines

The RDSM Working Group is a sub-group of the Research IT and Systems (RITAS) Committee and will make a standing report at each RITAS meeting (quarterly). These regular reports shall be circulated to the University Research Committee (URC) and IT Advisory Group (ITAG).

Roles and responsibilities of members

Members of this Working Group represent key decision makers and stakeholders in UOW Research data management. Each member may wish to delegate the responsibility to a more appropriate staff member in the area. Members have a responsibility to disseminate key messages to their respective business units or faculties. The RDSM Working Group shall consist of:

  • At least one (and up to three) representatives of each Faculty
  • Research Data Storage and Management Project Manager, IMTS
  • Research Data Storage and Management Business Analyst, IMTS
  • Portfolio Manager – Research & Library, IMTS
  • Research Impact Services Coordinator, Library
  • Program Manager, RSO
  • Research Analytics and Reporting Manager, RSO
  • Research Business Applications Manager, RSO
  • Research Ethics and Integrity Manager, RSO
  • Senior Manager, Records Management Unit, Governance and Legal Division

Additional members may be co-opted to the Committee in an advisory capacity on the basis of their expertise in particular areas.

The DVC(R&I) will appoint members to the Committee for a term of two years.

Meetings

The Committee will meet at least four times per year.

2020 meeting dates

  • RDSM.2020.01 | Wednesday 19th February 2020, 10.30am - 11:30am
  • RDSM.2020.02 | Wednesday 15th April 2020, 10.30am - 11:30am
  • RDSM.2020.03 | Wednesday 24th June 2020, 10.30am - 11:30am
  • RDSM.2020.04 | Wednesday 2nd September 2020, 10.30am - 11:30am
  • RDSM.2020.05 | Wednesday 11th November 2020, 10.30am - 11:30am

Minutes secretary

Research Impact Services Coordinator, University Library

Quorum

The Committee shall have a quorum which is equal to one half or, where one half is not a whole number, the whole number next higher to one half of the total number of members of the Committee.

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.

Purpose

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).

Membership

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.

Responsibilities

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.

Meetings

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.

Communication

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 Professor Clive Baldock
Director, Research Services Office Ms Sharon Martin

Associate Deans (Research)

 
Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) A/Professor Germanas Peleckis
Faculty of Business & Law S/Professor Simon Ville
Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences Professor Roger Lewis
Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities Professor Lisa Kervin
Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health Professor Jenny Beck
Associate Deans (Equity, Diversity & Inclusion)  
Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) Professor Jun Chen
Faculty of Business & Law Professor Melanie Randle
Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences Dr Mark Freeman
Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities Dr Lisa Slater & S/Professor Gordon Waitt
Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health A/Professor Jenny Fisher
Up to six Members of the UOW ECR Disruption Committee  
Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) Dr David Cortie
Faculty of Business and Law Dr Erin Twyford
Faculty of Business and Law Dr Marlene Longbottom
Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences Dr Saree Alnaghy
Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health Dr Yee Lian Chew
Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Dr Anthony McKnight
Additional Members (as required by the DVCR&I) Vacant

Meeting dates

  • Friday 21 May 2020, 10.00am - 11.00am, via Zoom
  • Friday 29 May 2020, 1.30pm - 2.30pm, via Zoom
  • Friday 12 June 2020, 10.30am - 11.30am, via Zoom
  • Friday 19 June 2020, 10.00am - 11.00am, via Zoom
  • Friday 26 June 2020, 10.00am - 11.00am, via Zoom
  • Friday 3 July 2020, 11.00am - 12.00pm, via Zoom
  • Thursday 9 July 2020, 10.00am - 11.00am, via Zoom
  • Friday 24 July 2020, 10.00am - 11.00am, via Zoom
  • Friday 31 July 2020, 1.30pm - 2.30pm, via Zoom
  • Friday 7 August 2020, 2.30pm - 3.30pm, via Zoom
  • Friday 21 August 2020, 1.30pm - 2.30pm, via Zoom
  • Friday 11 September 2020, 10.00am - 11.00am, via Zoom
  • Friday 25 September 2020, 10.30am - 11.30am, via Zoom
  • Friday 9 October 2020, 10.00am - 11.00am, via Zoom

 

UOW Research and Innovation Portfolio

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.

Purpose

The purpose of the Early Career Researcher (ECR) Disruption Committee (EC-DC) is to connect, support and champion ECRs at UOW.

The EC-DC provides a voice for all ECRs, direct to the DVC(R&I).

Membership

The EC-DC shall comprise up to six Early Career Researchers who are broadly representative of the University and appointed at the invitation of the DVC(R&I), taking into consideration disciplinary spread, gender balance and diversity.

The Chair of the Committee will be appointed by the DVC(R&I). The Research Services Office will provide secretariat support.

Responsibilities

Each EC-DC member will establish and/or be a member of a Faculty or Institute ECR network and bring ideas and suggestions from that network to the EC-DC for further consideration.

The EC-DC chair will report to the DVC(R&I) on issues affecting ECRs and provide suggested solutions for consideration.

EC-DC members may also be members of the UOW PURE Futures Committee, chaired by the DVC(R&I).

Term of appointment

The term of appointment for EC-DC will be 12 months in the first instance (May 2020 to May 2021). The committee and the terms of reference will be reviewed by the DVC(R&I) in May 2021.

Meetings

EC-DC Meetings will be held in a manner and frequency determined by the EC-DC Chair.

Communication

The EC-DC Chair will meet with the DVC(R&I) on a monthly basis to provide advice and suggestions from the Committee.

Minutes and action items will be recorded by the Secretariat.


Current committee members

Faculty/EntityRepresentative
Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health (SMAH)  Dr Yee Lian Chew (Chair)
Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) Dr David Cortie (started 6 August 2020 whilst Dr Yunxiao Wang is on parental leave)
Faculty of Business & Law (BAL) Dr Erin Twyford
Faculty of Business & Law (BAL) Dr Marlene Longbottom
Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences (EIS) Dr Saree Alnaghy
Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (ASSH) Dr Anthony McKnight
Additional members as requried by the DVCR&I Vacant

The UOW Scholars Steering Committee is responsible for providing strategic direction for academic profiles, in particular UOW Scholars, and research profile platforms in general.

The objectives of the Steering Committee are to:

  • Develop a strategy guiding the purpose and support of academic profiles at UOW;
  • Develop a shared understanding of global developments such as the ORCID and other academic identifiers and how they can support academic profiles;
  • Ensure that our platforms support and enhance the promotion of both our researchers individually and university research as a whole.

The responsibilities of the Steering Committee include:

  • Guidance and management of academic profiles / researcher showcase systems
  • Guidance and management of researcher identity as it affects UOW
  • Governance of UOW Scholars
  • Guidance and monitoring of progress on UOW Scholars development
  • Monitoring and reporting risks related to UOW Scholars

The Steering Committee makes recommendations to the RITAS Committee regarding UOW’s academic profiles and ongoing support for profile platforms.


Membership

The UOW Scholars Steering Committee consists of:

  • Associate Dean of Research (ADR) or Academic representative – Science Medicine & Health
  • Associate Dean of Research (ADR) or Academic representative – Engineering & Information Sciences
  • Associate Dean of Research (ADR) or Academic representative – Arts, Social Science and Humanities
  • Associate Dean of Research (ADR) or Academic representative – Business and Law
  • Associate Dean of Research (ADR) or Academic representative – Australian Institute of Innovative Materials
  • Early Career Researcher representative
  • Research Manager – Arts, Social Science and Humanities
  • Research Manager – Science Medicine & Health
  • Research Manager – Engineering & Information Sciences
  • Research Manager – Business and Law
  • Research Manager Representative – Australian Institute of Innovative Materials
  • Director, Research Service Office
  • Dean of Graduate Research
  • Associate Director (Collections & Scholarly Communications), Library
  • Senior Manager, Strategic Marketing and Communication
  • Research Promotions and Marketing Manager, RSO
  • Research Business Applications Manager (Committee Chair), RSO
  • IMTS Representative

Some members may be co-opted to the Committee in an advisory capacity on the basis of their expertise in particular areas.


2020 meeting dates

  • SSC.2020.01 | Friday 31st January 2020, 9:30am-11:00am, room 20.109.
  • SSC.2020.02  | Friday 3rd April 2020, 9:30am-11:00am, room 20.109.
  • SSC.2020.03  | Friday 3rd July 2020, 9:30am-11:00am, room 20.109.
  • SSC.2020.04  | Friday 2nd October 2020, 9:30am-11:00am, room 20.109

Other Committees

UOW is a proud recipient of the prestigious Athena SWAN Bronze Institution Award from Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) in 2018, which recognises our commitment to advancing women’s careers in the traditionally male-dominated disciplines of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). The SAGE initiative was established to pilot the UK’s Athena SWAN Charter in Australia, aimed at improving gender equality and diversity in STEMM, in the Australian higher education and research sector.

More information about the SAGE Athena Swan committee

Terms of Reference

Faculty Research Committee plays a key role in research management at the University, and shall:

  • Serve as the primary link between the URC and its sub-committees and the research and research training activities within the faculties. 
  • Interpret, disseminate and implement URC policies and procedures concerning research and HDR supervision and the selection mechanisms for URC research and research training awards to members of the faculty.
  • Act within faculties to promote and develop research excellence.
  • Ensure that mechanisms for the support, mentoring and funding of Early Career Researchers (ECRs) are established (via the URC Faculty Research Grant and/or Research Strength support).
  • Recommend ranking of faculty candidates for URC research and research training awards.
  • Review and implement the Faculty Research Plan.
  • Further the promotion and development of research activities and research excellence within the faculty.
  • Serve as a forum for the discussion of ideas, issues and opportunities that concern research within the faculty.
  • Have carriage of Faculty-based research initiatives.
  • Oversee research governance processes to ensure compliance with relevant government guidelines, e.g., Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

The Faculty Research Committee is responsible for the broad oversight of matters concerning HDR students and ensuring that Faculty arrangements for HDR student supervision meet UOW Code of Practice, Supervision requirements. The FRC, through the Faculty Research Grant and/or URC Research Strength support, ensures the provision of research funds and adequate infrastructure for HDR students. The FRC must report annually in the Faculty Research Report to the URC on HDR support.

FRC Chairs and Committees are encouraged to expand their promotion of research excellence and management of research and HDR students within their faculty. Such activities should be identified and reported in the Faculty Research Plan. Faculties can request URC funding in the Faculty Research Grant application to partially support innovative activities (e.g. grant editing, mentoring and support for ECRs, research performance awards, and faculty research grant schemes).


Roles and responsibilities of members

FRC membership should include:

  • Associate Dean (Research) (Chair)
  • Deputy Chair
  • Executive Dean of Faculty (ex officio)
  • Up to three Research Strength Director(s), Global Challenge Academic Leader(s) and/or Research Unit Leader(s) (or delegates)
  • Up to three Heads of Schools/Departments (or delegates)
  • Up to two Heads of Postgraduate Studies and/or TEC representatives
  • HDR student representative (excluding staff who are also HDR students)
  • Up to two additional members

All members shall be appointed by the Faculty Executive Dean in consultation with the Associate Dean (Research). Key members of the Research and Innovation Division (e.g. Directors, Senior Manager, Innovation and Commercialisation) may be invited to attend to discuss or clarify specific issues.

FRC membership will vary with each faculty, but should reflect the scope of research activities within the faculty, including representation of research strengths, as well as faculty strategic research areas. Further, because the FRC has carriage of policies and procedures supporting HDR students enrolled in the faculty, the committee should include appropriate representation of Postgraduate Coordinators (or Heads of Postgraduate Studies (HPS)) across the academic units within the faculty and the faculty’s representative to the TEC. 

It is not required that each of the above roles be filled by separate individuals; some individuals may fulfil more than one role (e.g. department heads may be the unit HPS, an Ethics Committee member may also be a Postgraduate Coordinator). With the exception of the HDR student representative, all FRC members should hold academic or research positions at the university.

Role of the Associate Dean (Research) as FRC Chair

The primary URC role of the Faculty Research Committee Chair is to provide the link between faculty’s research interests and URC business. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Development of research policy and procedures
  • Providing faculty input in the selection of URC research and research training awards
  • Providing faculty feedback on URC research issues
  • Advising the DVC (R&I) and Dean of Research on faculty research issues
  • Discussing issues concerning research practice and management at university level

As a member of RAC in matters of ranking and allocation of scholarships and grants, the FRC Chair must act in accord with the best interest of the University as a whole, not solely as an advocate for the Faculty. To accomplish these ends, the FRC Chair attends URC meetings, informal meetings and contributes to working parties as necessary. 

At the faculty level, the FRC Chair is responsible for:

  • Interpreting and disseminating information from RAID and URC policies and procedures and should lead in their faculty-based implementation
  • Setting agendas and holding regular meetings of the FRC to advance both URC and Faculty research management
  • Play a central role in producing the Faculty Research Plan (with the Executive Dean and key researchers in the faculty) and be proactive in its implementation and in monitoring its outcomes through the FRC
  • Reporting to the URC on research activity within the faculty and the use of the URC component of the Faculty research budget

Meetings

The FRC Committee will meet at least four times per year.

Quorum - The Committee shall have a quorum which is equal to one half or, where one half is not a whole number, the whole number next higher to one half of the total number of members of the Committee.


Associate Deans (Research)

  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences: Senior Professor Roger Lewis, (roger@uow.edu.au, x3518)
  • Faculty of Business and Law: Senior Professor Simon Ville, (sville@uow.edu.au, x3098)
  • Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health: Professor Jenny Beck (jbeck@uow.edu.au, x4177)
  • Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities: Professor Lisa Kervin, (lkervin@uow.edu.au, x3968)
  • Australian Institute for Innovative Materials: A/Professor Germanas Peleckis, (peleckis@uow.edu.au, x5728)

This group reports to the Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Group (VCAG)

THE Impact Rankings WG and QS Employability Task & Finish Group also fall under this advisory committee.

More information coming soon

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