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Research Committee

A committee of Academic Board

The Research Committee (the committee) is a pan-university committee established by Academic Board to consider matters relating to research governance and risk, and to provide assurance on the integrity of our research operations.

2023 meeting dates

Monday 13 February
Wednesday 3 May
Wednesday 2 August
Wednesday 8 November

Time: 10am
Location: CB02.16.213 Faculty Boardroom (except for Wednesday 3 May, which will be held in the Chancellery Boardroom)

Committee contact

Elbreg Zwaan
Senior Governance Support Officer
Tel: 02 9514 9811

Composition and membership

Position Membership Term
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) as Chair Professor Kate McGrath Ex officio
Deputy Chair (a staff member nominated from committee membership) TBC  
Ex officio members
Chief Information Officer, or nominee Pascal Tampubolon Ex officio
Dean, Graduate Research School, or nominee Professor Helene de Burgh-Woodman Ex officio
Director, Research Office, or nominee Tania Bezzobs Ex officio
Manager, Research Integrity and Governance Louise Wheeler Ex officio
Nominated and appointed members
Two associate deans (research) or equivalent, nominated by and from the cohort of associate deans (research) (which includes Jumbunna, Institute for Sustainable Futures and Institute of Public Policy and Governance), with membership terms to be staggered such that one member concludes their term each year Professor Noel Castree 11 August 2021 to 31 December 2023
One participant from the UTS Indigenous community, to be appointed by the Chair following a call for expressions of interest Vacant  
Elected members (with no more than two from any one faculty), with academic staff membership terms to be staggered such that one member concludes their term each year
One member elected by and from the professoriate and associate professoriate (level D and E) of the university Professor Shui Yu 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2024
One member elected by and from the academic staff (levels A, B, C) of the university Dr Katherine Scardifield 28 September 2022 to 31 December 2023
One professional staff member, elected by and from professional staff members of the university Jo Tilly 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2024
One graduate research degree student, elected by and from graduate research degree students of the university Vacant  
Co-opted members
Co-opted members on the basis of their skills and experience as appropriate    

On the recommendation of the chair, the committee has the power to approve the co-option of members on the basis of their skills and experience as appropriate.

Terms of reference

  1. The committee provides governance oversight for research at UTS on behalf of Academic Board. The committee is responsible for considering the following matters and making recommendations to the applicable decision-making authority:
    1. research governance arrangements, including developing, monitoring and reviewing research policies and their effectiveness
    2. research integrity, including providing advice on policy issues related to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
    3. research risk management, assessing and monitoring risks to the research activities, and reporting on these risks.
  2. The committee is responsible for assuring the integrity of our research operations, including monitoring and making recommendations to improve practice across:
    1. research strategy and planning
    2. research quality, impact and performance
    3. research culture, communications and profile
    4. intellectual property management
    5. research finance arrangements
    6. university consulting
    7. Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) (the committee will review the establishment of new CRCs and annual reports from existing CRCs), and
    8. offshore research activities.
  3. The Higher Degree Research Board (HDRB) has responsibility for matters relating to higher degree by research (HDR) student training, supervision, candidature and policy. The Research Committee will work with HDRB to provide governance oversight of the activities related to HDR students and supervisors.

Membership term

The length of committee membership terms will be two years for staff and one year for students, consistent with the term of membership for elected members of Academic Board.

Number of meetings

The committee will meet at least four times per year.


The quorum shall be one-half of the current members of the committee, if one-half is not a whole number, the next higher whole number shall be used.

Vacant positions on the committee do not count toward the total membership of which one-half is required to reach a quorum.