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Graduate Research School Board

A committee of Academic Board

The Graduate Research School Board (the Board) has a dual role, operating as equivalent to a faculty board (in the Graduate Research School), dealing with matters related to the administration of research education, and as a committee of Academic Board, dealing with academic matters related to graduate research training and supervision.

2018 meeting dates

Date Time
Tuesday 13 February 9.30am to 11.30am
Tuesday 3 April 9.30am to 11.30am
Tuesday 12 June 9.30am to 11.30am
Tuesday 7 August 9.30am to 11.30am
Thursday 11 October 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Tuesday 20 November 9.30am to 11.30am

Location: Chancellery, room 26, level 4A, Building 1, Broadway (CB01.04A.26)

Committee contact

Andrew Gardoll
Policy and Governance Support Officer
Tel: 02 9514 9770

Composition and membership

Composition Membership
Dean, Graduate Research School (Chair) Professor Lori Lockyer
Deputy Chair (an academic nominated from committee membership) Associate Professor Deborah Edwards
Director, Researcher Development and Training, Graduate Research School, or nominee Associate Professor Tapan Rai
Director, Graduate Research School Yamini Sandiran
Director, Institute for Interactive Media and Learning, or nominee Dr Peter Kandlbinder (nominee)
University Librarian, or nominee Michael Gonzalez
Senior Indigenous academic nominated by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Leadership and Engagement) Associate Professor Sandra Phillips
One nominee who has academic responsibility for graduate research matters from each faculty (or equivalent entity) which confers graduate research degrees, nominated by the respective deans or equivalent Alan McKee, Associate Dean (Research and Development), Arts and Social Sciences

Associate Professor Deborah Edwards, Business

Michael Er, Design, Architecture and Building

Professor David McGloin, Engineering and Information Technology

Associate Professor Rob Duffield, Health

Associate Professor Isabella Alexander, Law

Dr Hui Chen, Science

Associate Professor Alison Beavis, Transdisciplinary Innovation

Associate Professor Toby Newton-John, Graduate School of Health

Dr Kirsty Kitto, Connected Intelligence Centre

Associate Professor Chris Riedy, Institute for Sustainable Futures
Two graduate research degree students elected by and from graduate research degree students of the University Daren Maynard

Syed Hamed Mohammadi

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

The Board provides oversight for graduate research training and supervision at UTS. The Board has responsibility for considering the following matters and making recommendations to Academic Board or the applicable decision-making authority, as specified in UTS Delegations, Rules and policies:

  1. graduate research strategy, including making recommendations on strategic priorities for graduate research, and research training; and monitoring and reporting on the achievement of strategic objectives against agreed targets;
  2. graduate research quality, performance and benchmarking, including:
    1. providing advice on the development of the university’s graduate research programs culture, communication and profile;
    2. providing advice on graduate research matters relating to the admission, enrolment, supervision and examination of students, development and engagement programs for students and supervisors, and accreditation of new and existing degrees, or removal of accreditation of degrees;
    3. enhancing and improving student experience, and encouraging excellence in graduate research through innovation and improvement, taking into account national and international benchmarks, use of emerging technologies and new approaches to graduate research;
    4. developing, overseeing, monitoring and reviewing the qualitative, and quantitative measures of evaluating performance and quality assurance in graduate research, and recommending actions to improve performance in, and quality of graduate research;
  3. graduate research integrity, including promoting, preserving and upholding research integrity for graduate research degrees by providing advice on the supporting UTS governance instruments;
  4. graduate research management and support, including approving the guidelines and selection process for key university internal graduate research funding schemes;
  5. graduate research policies and guidelines, including developing, monitoring and reviewing
  6. graduate research risk management, assessing and monitoring risks to the graduate research activities, and reporting on these risks;
  7. graduate research scholarships, approving Conditions of Award and procedures related to ranking and recommending applicants for graduate research scholarships;
  8. conferral of award, establishing and receiving reports from a Thesis Examination Committee for providing advice on developing, overseeing, monitoring, reviewing policies and processes in relation to graduate research thesis examination, and considering faculties’ recommendations for, the conferral of doctoral and masters by research awards; and
  9. conduct such other business related to the Graduate Research School as the Chair, Graduate Research School Board sees fit.

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

Minimum of six scheduled meetings 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.