Purpose and Terms of Reference

The University Research Committee (URC) is a Standing Committee of Academic Board. The Committee's role is to oversee the University's research and enterprise activities, including the development of future research capability, effective infrastructure and systems, fundamental research, as well as the translation of research and the application of research for wider social impact.

The Committee also works with the Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Committee to advance knowledge creation, industry and community partnerships, community-led research and capacity building that supports the University's cultural capability strategy for research.

URC is governed by the Terms of Reference as set out below:

  • In accordance with the Higher Education Standards Framework, URC will monitor the quality of research and research training, including the development and oversight of policy that ensures:
    • clarification of ownership and management of intellectual property;
    • clarification of requirements for publication and authorship;
    • ethical conduct of research, research training, and responsible research practice;
    • induction and orientation of higher degree research students and supervisors to their roles;
    • resolution of allegations of misconduct in research and research training;
    • successful management of research partnerships; and
    • successful progress and timely completion of candidature/HDR candidates.
  • As a monitoring body for quality, URC will conduct analysis, benchmark and make recommendations on:
    • research activities that support the University Strategic Plan and related KPIs;
    • ACU's cultural capability strategy for research, in collaboration with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Committee;
    • higher degree research, including coursework components, examination of research degree theses, appointment of examiners and the results of examination, and nominations for university research prizes;
    • reports from Faculty research committees; and
    • reports on research ethics and integrity.

Meeting Schedule: See Governance Committee Calendar.

Committee Templates: See Governance Committee Templates.

Chair: Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise.

Governance Support: Dr Glenys Eddy, Governance Officer.

For general URC enquiries, please contact governance@acu.edu.au.

Composition and Membership:

 
Composition Membership
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) - Chair Professor Abid Khan
Chair of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Committee - Deputy Chair Vacant
Vice-President (or nominee) Dr Matthew Pink (nominee)
Provost Professor Chris Lonsdale (nominee)
Chair, Academic Board Professor Tim McKenry
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Phil Parker
Dean, Innovation and Industry Engagement Professor Myriam Amielh
Dean, Graduate Research School Michelle Lopez
Executive Dean from each Faculty

Professor Mary Ryan, Faculty of Education and Arts

Professor Suzanne Chambers AO, Faculty of Health Sciences

Professor Andrew O'Neil, Faculty of Law and Business

Associate Professor Richard Colledge, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

Associate Dean Research from each Faculty

Professor Clarence Ng, Faculty of Education and Arts

Associate Professor Michael Cole, Faculty of Health Sciences

Professor Joy Parkinson, Faculty of Law and Business

Associate Professor Michael Champion, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

Director, Office of Research Services Vacant
Two Higher Degree by Research students (nominated by the Dean of Graduate Research)

Dr Nikita Fensham

Geetanjali Rogers

One elected teaching/research, research focus, or research only academic staff member (level A, B, C) (2-year term)

Associate Professor Dr Hannah Forsyth, Faculty of Education and Arts

Vacant, Faculty of Health Sciences

Vacant, Faculty of Law and Business

Vacant, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

One elected teaching/research, research focus, or research only academic staff member (level D, E) (2-year term)

Vacant, Faculty of Education and Arts

Vacant, Faculty of Health Sciences

Vacant, Faculty of Law and Business

Vacant, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

Two researchers, appointed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise)

Associate Professor Valentina Lorenzetti

Associate Professor Jiesi Guo

A nominee of the Libraries Directorate (2-year term) Stephanie McGlinchey
A nominee of Marketing and External Relations (2-year term) Kathy Vozella
Academic Registrar and Director, Student Administration Cheryl Fullwood
Candidature Services Representative, appointed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) Leanne Watson

Membership should include at least one Early Career Researcher among elected or appointed members.

Elected members should be from different disciplines. Where possible, researcher appointed by the Chair should be from disciplines other than those of the elected members.

Appointed members will be selected to ensure representation from both research institutes and schools.

Where a suitable elected member is not identified via the election process, the Chair will nominate a member.

Where necessary, the Chair can nominate another member of the Committee to act as Chair.

Members unable to attend a meeting may nominate a designated alternative to attend as proxy.

All committee members, including the Chair, have voting rights.

Quorum for URC meetings is half the members of the Committee plus one.

Page last updated on 03/03/2024

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