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Academic Board

Academic Board is the principal advisory body to the UTS Council on academic matters. The board promotes academic leadership within the university by overseeing the quality of teaching, learning, research, scholarship, policy development and other academic matters. It also discusses matters referred to it by Council.

Academic Board plays a key role in the UTS community by providing a forum for the discussion and debate of the university’s academic direction, and ensuring that the university’s academic direction aligns with the strategic direction of UTS.

The review of Academic Board governance structure and composition was held in 2016–2017. New terms of reference for Academic Board and its committees (except Courses Accreditation) were approved in August 2017, effective 1 January 2018.


Academic Board meets at least six times a year.

See: meeting dates, agenda and papers and minutes.

Academic leadership, composition and membership

Academic Board promotes academic leadership within the university. In order to carry out its work, all board members are required to demonstrate academic leadership.

Academic leadership in this context is manifested through careful preparation for meetings, enabling thoughtful and considered engagement in discussion and debate. The leadership shown through this discussion and debate provides assurance to the Council that the board is contributing to the achievement of the strategic direction of the university.

Members of the board have accountability to the university’s academic community, with responsibility to communicate the board's work. As academic leaders, board members are asked to use their judgement to consider matters brought to the board and to reflect on how their individual contributions influence the collective decision-making of the board.

The composition of Academic Board includes ex-officio and elected members and is constituted under rule g3, division 1 of the General Rules of the University.

See: composition and membership.

Academic Board documents

From time to time, Academic Board makes approved documents available to clarify significant academic matters with university-wide impact.

Statement of Principles for Setting the Learning Calendar (June 2017) (PDF)

Academic Board induction

The Academic Board guide (PDF) provides brief information about Academic Board (and its committees), including role, functions and responsibilities of the board, its committees and its members.

The Academic Board manual (PDF) provides detailed information about board procedures and background.

These documents are especially useful for new members, returning members who need to refresh their knowledge, or for staff generally interested in the operation of the board and its committees.

Governance and elections

Academic Board is governed by rules relating to its composition, elections, powers and functions and operates in accordance with its standing orders.

Note: information about current University elections is available on UTS: Elections.

Key focus areas

Each year, Academic Board defines key focus areas and develops a forward plan.

Academic Board occasionally conducts forums on key focus areas.


Newsletters about Academic Board meetings are published regularly.


Academic Board has its own standing committees and boards of studies that advise the board on a variety of matters pertaining to the academic programs of the University.


Komal Jagad
Executive Officer (Governance Support)
Tel: 02 9514 1464