Research Committees

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

The URC overseas a number of Operational Committees that deal with the implementation of research policies and procedures.


Resource and Allocations Working Party (RAP)

Membership List



Professor Timothy Marchant


Professor Melanie Randle

Faculty of Business

Professor Roger Lewis

Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

Senior Professor Simon Ville

Faculty of Law, Humanities and The Arts

Professor Jenny Beck

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Professor Lisa Kervin

Faculty of Social Sciences (acting)

Dr Germanas Peleckis

Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM)

Thesis Examination Committee (TEC)

Terms of Reference

The Thesis Examination Committee (TEC) shall: 

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

  • 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.


Name Faculty
David Mercer Chair
Stephen Ralph (Deputy Chair) Faculty of Science Medicine & Health
Sarah Howard Faculty of Social Sciences
Lois Burgess Faculty of Business
Neaz Sheikh Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences
Terumi Narushima Faculty of Law Humanities & The Arts
Jiazhao Wang  Australian Institute for Innovation Materials
Son Lam Phung University Representative
Victoria Traynor University Representative
Wendy Nielsen University Representative

2019 meeting dates

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

TEC Secretary

Susan Flint
E: susan
T: 02 4221 3479 

Research IT and Systems Committee (RITAS)

Terms of Reference

 The Research IT and Systems Committee is responsible for the development and execution of research IT and a system strategy co-ordinator role with the Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee (ITPAC) in support of the URC and the wider UOW community. This includes:

·  Governance of Research Information Systems

·  Research data management

·  High Performance Computing

·  Specialised research IT

·  Research performance reporting

·  eResearch partnerships (eg. Intersect)

·  Other strategic initiatives

The Committee meetings will facilitate:

·  Cross-divisional information sharing and discussion

·  Senior Executive briefings

·  Project status reporting

·  Research community consultation

·  Setting of strategic direction

Roles and responsibilities of Members

Members of this Committee represent the key stakeholders in 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) (Chair)
  • The Dean of Research (Deputy Chair)
  • A Faculty Manager (invited by the DVC(R))
  • An Associate Dean (Research) (invited by the DVC(R))
  • A Research Strength Director (invited by the DVC(R))
  • The Global Challenges Program Director (or delegate)
  • A researcher with advanced computing needs & interest (invited by the DVC(R))
  • The Director of Research Services Office
  • The Director of Research Student Centre
  • The University Librarian (or delegate)
  • The Director of ITS (or delegate)
  • The Manager, Research Systems & Data, RSO
  • The Senior Manager, Academic Computing, ITS
  • The Director, Planning, Marketing & Communications Division (or delegate)
  • Director, Performance Indicators Unit (or delegate)
  • Up to two additional members invited by the DVC(R)

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

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

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

Minutes Secretary, Assistant to the Director, Research Services Office

Meeting Dates

2019 committee meetings
Date Time Room
RITAS.2019.01 | Tuesday 26 February 2019 2:30pm-4:00pm 20.109
RDSM.2019.02 | Tuesday 28 May 2019 2:30pm-4:00pm 20.109
RDSM.2019.03 | Tuesday 27 August 2019 2:30pm-4:00pm 20.109
RDSM.2019.04 | Tuesday 26 November 2019 2:30pm-4:00pm 20.109


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.

HPC Steering Committee

The UOW High Performance Computing (HPC) Steering Committee has been established to address the 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.

Group Objectives

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, and
  • 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, and
  • 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.


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

  • Dr Jenny Fisher, School of Earth and Environmental Science (Chair)
  • Prof Willy Susillo, School of Computing and Information Technology
  • Dr Haibo Yu, ARC Future Fellow, School of Chemistry
  • Dr David Cortie, Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials
  • A/Prof Markus Hagenbuchner, School of Computing and Information Technology
  • A/Prof Josip Horvat, School of Physics
  • A/Prof Aaron Oakley, School of Chemistry
  • Dr Susanna Guatelli, School of Physics
  • Prof Tim Coltman, School of Management, Operations and Marketing
  • Dr Thomas Plantard, School of Computing and Information Technology
  • A/Pro. Rodney Clarke, School of Management Operations and Marketing
  • Dr Mark Schira, School of Psychology
  • Dr Brian Yecies, School of Humanities and Social Inquiry
  • Mr James Conroy, Enterprise Architect, IMTS
  • Mr Jason Nairnsey, Research Portfolio, IMTS
  • Dr Matthew Berryman, SMART Infrastructure Architect
  • Mr Keith Brophy, Research Computing Analyst, RSO
  • Mr Ben Cornwell, Program Manager - Research Systems & Analytics, RSO (Deputy Chair)

Meeting Dates

2019 HPC Steering Committee Meetings
Date Time Room
HPC.2019.01 | Wednesday 27 March 2019 10:30am-11:30am 20.109
HPC.2019.02 | Wednesday 26 June 2019 10:30am-11:30am 20.109
HPC.2019.03 | Wednesday 25 September 2019 10:30am-11:30am 20.109
HPC.2019.04 | Wednesday 11 December 2019 10:30am-11:30am 20.109
Research data storage and management working group

Meeting Dates

Date Time Room
RDSM.2019.01 | Wednesday 6 February 2019 10:30am-11:30am 20.109
RDSM.2019.02 | Wednesday 6 March 2019 10:30am-11:30am 20.109
RDSM.2019.03 | Wednesday 15 May 2019 10:30am-11:30am 20.109
RDSM.2019.04 | Wednesday 24 July 2019 10:30am-11:30am 20.109
RDSM.2019.05 | Wednesday 18 September 2019 10:30am-11:30am 20.109
RDSM.2019.06 | Wednesday 20 November 2019 10:30am-11:30am 20.109
UOW Scholars steering committee

Meeting Dates

Date Time Room
SSC.2019.01 | Tuesday 26 March 2019 2:30pm-3:30pm 20.109
SSC.2019.02 | Tuesday 25 June 2019 2:30pm-3:30pm 20.109
SSC.2019.03 | Tuesday 24 September 2019 2:30pm-3:30pm 20.109
SSC.2019.04 | Tuesday 10 December 2019 2:30pm-3:30pm 20.109
UOW research support forum

Meeting Dates

Date Time Room
RSF.2019.01 | Wednesday 13 February 2019 9:30am-10:30am LHA 19.2064
RSF.2019.02 | Tuesday 7 May 2019 2:00pm-3:00pm EIS 6.105
RSF.2019.03 | Wednesday 7 August 2019 9:30am-10:30am SOC ES.G04
RSF.2019.04 | Monday 7 November 2019 9:30am-10:30am BUS 40A.GG81
Faculty Research Committee

Associate Deans (Research)

Faculty of Business Professor Melanie Randle
Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences Senior Professor Roger Lewis
Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts Senior Professor Simon Ville

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health Professor Jenny Beck
Faculty of Social Sciences Professor Lisa Kervin
Australian Institute for Innovative Materials Dr Germanas Peleckis

Terms of Reference

FRCs play 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 FRC 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 Executive Dean in consultation with the Associate Dean-Research. Key members of RAID (eg, Directors, Managers of 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.

Roles of the Associate Dean (Research) as FRC Chair

The primary URC role of the FRC 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) and Dean of Research on faculty research issues
  • Discussing issues concerning research practice and management at university level.

As a member of RAWP 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 (e.g. Associate Deans (Research) breakfast) 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.


The FRC Committee will meet at least four 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.

Ethics & Integrity Committees

The Research Ethics Committees that oversee the implementation of research policies and procedures, as well as reviewing ethics applications are: 

  • Research Integrity Committee:  The Research Integrity Committee (RIC) is a subcommittee of the University Research Committee. Its role is to drive a culture of responsible conduct of research as an integral part of all research behaviours, to promote research excellence at UOW. This includes assisting in the development and review of key research policies and the provision of advice to the URC
  • Animal Ethics Committee: The Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) to review the ethical aspects of research and teaching for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. Before conducting or commencing any research investigation, 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.
  • Human Research Ethics Committee:  HREC approval is necessary for research ranging from examination of records containing personal information, to anonymous surveys and medical intervention. Before conducting or commencing any research investigation, staff and students of the University are required to submit a research ethics application to the HREC and obtain approval to ensure that all statutory requirements are met. There are two separate HREC committees- one for health and medical, and one for social sciences.
  • Gene Technology Review Committee:  The Gene Technology Review Committee (GTRC) reviews research and teaching applications which involve dealings with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Before commencing any research investigation, staff and students of the University are required to submit an application to the Gene Technology Review Committee and obtain approval to ensure that all statutory requirements are met.


Last reviewed: 18 March, 2019