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Board of Studies of the Connected Intelligence Centre

A committee of Academic Board

The Board of Studies of the Connected Intelligence Centre was established in 2014 to advise the centre director on academic matters in respect of courses of study at the Connected Intelligence Centre, and on issues relating to students and not otherwise covered under the Rules of the university. Academic Board approved amendments to the composition of the Board of Studies of Connected Intelligence Centre at 16/3 meeting held on 27 July 2016.

Committee contact

Gabrielle Gardiner
Senior Manager, Connected Intelligence Centre
Tel: 02 9514 9978

Composition and membership

Composition Membership
Director, Connected Intelligence Centre (CIC) Professor Simon Buckingham Shum
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education and Students) Professor Shirley Alexander
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Peter Scott
Director, Advanced Analytics Institute, or nominee Vacant
Responsible Academic Officer Vacant
Course Manager, Connected Intelligence Centre Vacant
Director, Institute for Interactive Multimedia and Learning, or nominee Associate Professor Jo McKenzie
One academic staff member from each faculty, to be nominated by the respective deans Dr Saba Bebawi, Arts and Social Sciences

Associate Professor Bernhard Wieder, Business

Dr Kate Sweetapple, Design, Architecture and Building

Associate Professor Paul Kennedy, Engineering and Information Technology

Dr Jen Bichel-Findlay, Health

David Carter, Law

Professor Anthony Dooley, Science
Other members of UTS academic staff Vacant
One postgraduate coursework student member, elected by and from the postgraduate coursework students of the Connected Intelligence Centre Vacant

Terms of reference

Subject to the Rules and the resolutions of Council and Academic Board, including the strategic direction and priorities set for the university, the Board of Studies will have a responsibility to assess the quality of, and provide direction to, the academic work of the centre, including teaching, learning, scholarship, research and research training.

In particular, the board of studies:

  1. is charged with advising Academic Board, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students) and other senior officers of the Connected Intelligence Centre on matters such as the strategic academic direction of the centre, academic standards, academic quality assurance and management of academic risk
  2. shall exercise such responsibilities and powers as are assigned to it by Academic Board and Council from time to time, and consider and report on all matters which are referred to it by the Academic Board, the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students), and the Director, Connected Intelligence Centre and make recommendations where appropriate
  3. shall consider proposals for the introduction of new courses and major changes to existing courses, reaccreditation or discontinuation of existing courses, changes to course nomenclature or course classification and make recommendations on these to the Vice-Chancellor and the Academic Board and its committees as appropriate
  4. shall maintain and develop courses to ensure a vital and contemporary relationship between UTS faculties and the professional fields which they seek to serve
  5. may refer any matter to a relevant sub-committee of the Board or an academic unit of the centre, for report
  6. may establish such committees as it deems appropriate to assist the Connected Intelligence Centre’s work, noting:
    1. some committees are mandated by Academic Board or Council resolution or Rules and policy instruments
    2. it is not required that any or all of the members of a committee are members of the board of studies
    3. a sitting chair of a board of studies committee, unless an ex officio position, is ineligible to be renominated if completion of the designated term would result in a member serving more than five consecutive years as chair of that committee
    4. the Director, Connected Intelligence Centre may, if he or she so desires, convene and/or preside at a meeting of a board of studies committee
    5. the Director, Connected Intelligence Centre shall be an ex officio member of all committees of the board of studies
  7. shall recommend to the Academic Board and its committees as appropriate the minimum requirements that will provide eligibility for entry to particular courses of study of the Connected Intelligence Centre
  8. shall submit to the Academic Board the names of students who have completed courses of study together with recommendations as to the award (including the grading) which should be made in each case
  9. shall carry out the duties prescribed for faculty boards in the Rules, delegations and policies of the university
  10. shall consult with the Graduate Research School Board should there be doctoral or other higher degree by research programs offered through the Connected Intelligence Centre.

Membership term

The length of membership term for boards of studies will be two years for staff (including co-opted members) and one year for students, commencing from 1 January, consistent with the term of membership for members of faculty boards. (AB/17-1/18.3)

Number of meetings

Minimum of four scheduled meetings per year.


The quorum for the Board of Studies shall be one-half of its members or the next higher whole number (excluding vacant positions and any members on recognised leave).


There are currently no sub-committees of the Connected Intelligence Centre Board of Studies.

The Board of Studies may establish sub-committees as appropriate.