Research Committees

Thesis Examination Committee (TEC) 

Terms of Reference

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.

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.

Executive Secretary, Manager, Graduate Research School 


The TEC meets at least 11 times per year.


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.

Last reviewed: 3 May, 2017
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