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Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Strategies Committee

About the committee

The Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Strategies Committee is the governing committee of the university in relation to the development and progression of UTS’s Indigenous education and employment commitments, as set out in the Indigenous Policy.

The committee will develop and endorse the following strategies:

The committee reports to:

The following sub-committees report to the Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Strategies Committee:

2022 meeting dates

Tuesday 21 June
Thursday 24 November

Time: 9.30am to 11.30am (except for Thursday 24 November, which will be at 2pm)
Location: Boardroom, level 17, building 2, Broadway (CB02.17.130) and via Zoom

Committee contact

Jenny Luong
Senior Governance Support Officer (Electoral Officer)
Tel: 02 9514 1235
Email: Jenny.Luong@uts.edu.au

Composition and membership

Membership should be inclusive of:

  • suitably senior UTS staff members (executives, deans, directors) with relevant key performance indicators attached to their roles
  • a significant number of Indigenous staff members who hold key positions at the university
  • Indigenous students.

While an Indigenous majority may be difficult to achieve, the committee's membership should have significant Indigenous membership, comprised primarily of Indigenous people in significant and strategic positions within UTS. (Indigenous members are noted with an asterisk.)

Composition Membership Current term
Provost (Chair) or a nominee from among the Deputy Vice-Chancellor members as Chair in the Provost’s absence* Professor Lesley Hitchens Ex officio
Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President Glen Babington Ex officio
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students) Professor Shirley Alexander, AM Ex officio
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise) Professor Glenn Wightwick Ex officio
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) Iain Watt Ex officio
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Kate McGrath Ex officio
Chief Data Officer Craig Napier Ex officio
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Social Justice and Inclusion) Verity Firth Ex officio
Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion Tracie Conroy Ex officio
Director, People Fiona Thomas (Acting) Ex officio
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Leadership and Engagement) Professor Michael McDaniel, AO* Ex officio
Associate Dean (Indigenous Research), Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Leadership and Engagement) Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt, AO* Ex officio
Associate Dean (Indigenous Teaching and Learning), Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Leadership and Engagement) Associate Professor Annette Gainsford* Ex officio
Executive Director, Lifetime Learner Experience Unit Jacqui Wise Ex officio
One member from the Deans Committee, nominated by the Chair, Deans Committee Professor Alan Davison 18 June 2021 to 31 December 2022
Executive Manager, Engagement, Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Leadership and Engagement) Adriane Lozano (Acting) Ex officio
Director, Indigenous Students and Community Engagement, Jumbunna Maree Graham* Ex officio
Manager, Indigenous Employment, Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Leadership and Engagement) Dr Berice Anning* Ex officio
Two senior Indigenous academics (at professor or associate professor level), from different faculties/units, to be appointed by the Vice-Chancellor (in consultation with the Chair) following a call for expressions of interest Professor Robynne Quiggin* 9 May 2022 to 31 December 2023
One Indigenous student representative to be appointed by the Vice-Chancellor (in consultation with the Chair) following a call for expressions of interest Vacant Until 31 December 2023
All coordinators of Indigenous Away From Base (AFB) courses Tom Evans* Ex officio
Co-opted members as appropriate to the work of the committee, as appointed by the Chair. Professor Daryle Rigney* 22 June 2021 to 31 December 2022

Terms of reference

In progressing Indigenous education and employment across UTS, the Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Strategies Committee will:

  • progress the university’s Indigenous objectives as set out in the Indigenous Policy
  • consider any matter relating to Indigenous education and employment
  • develop, endorse and monitor the progress of the UTS Indigenous Education and Research and Wingara Indigenous Employment strategies and related university key performance indicators
  • establish, as necessary, sub-committees and/or working groups for the purpose of providing specialist advice on any Indigenous matter relevant to the committee
  • refer for action or advice any relevant matter to UTS Indigenous sub-committees or working groups
  • seek advice from the Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Advisory Committee on any matter relevant to the Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Strategies Committee
  • advise university equity committees as appropriate on Indigenous equity-related matters.

 

Procedural matters

Term of office

The term of office for a member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Strategies Committee, other than an ex officio member, will be two years.

Quorum

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.

Frequency of meetings

The Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Strategies Committee will meet at least twice per year.