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Indigenous Research Committee

About the Committee

The Indigenous Research Committee is a forum for the development and progression of Indigenous research across UTS. The UTS Indigenous research priorities include:

  • increasing Indigenous staff and student research capacity
  • increasing Indigenous higher degree by research student enrolment rates
  • improving Indigenous higher degree by research student retention and completion rates
  • promoting the protection of Indigenous cultural knowledge
  • encouraging International Indigenous research links
  • ensuring UTS adopts best practice principles and processes in relation to Indigenous research.

The Indigenous Research Committee reports to the Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Strategies Committee.

Meeting dates


Dates Time Location
Tuesday 9 May 10am Chancellery, room 26, level 4A, Building 1, Broadway (CB01.04A.26)
Monday 13 November 1pm Room 24, level 26, Building 1, City Campus, Broadway (CB01.26.24)


Tuesday 1 May
Tuesday 23 October

Time: 2pm to 4pm
Location: Chancellery, room 26, level 4A, Building 1, Broadway (CB01.04A.26)

Committee contact

Lucy Forshaw
Senior Governance Support Officer
Tel: 02 9514 9770
Fax: 02 9514 1232

Composition and membership

Composition Membership
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) (Chair)*Professor Charles Rice
Director, Research and Academic Programs, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research (Jumbunna) or named nominee*Professor Larissa Behrendt
Dean, Graduate Research School or named nominee*Professor Lori Lockyer
Director, Research and Innovation Office or named nominee*Professor David Robson
Chair, UTS Ethics Committee or named nominee*Dr Teresa Libesman (nominee)
University Librarian or named nomineeDr Belinda Tiffen (nominee)
One Associate Dean (Research), to be appointed by the ChairProfessor Michael Blumenstein
Research-active Indigenous staff member(s), to be appointed by the Chair following a call for expressions of interestAssociate Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews
One Indigenous HDR student to be appointed by the Chair in consultation with the Director of Research, Jumbunna following a call for expressions of interestTui Nolan
Manager, Indigenous Employment, Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Leadership and Engagement)Matthew Walsh
Co-opted members as deemed appropriate to the progression of Section 4: Indigenous Research of the Indigenous Education Strategy and determined by the ChairProfessor Michelle Trudgett

Professor Elizabeth Sullivan

* See note on quorum.

Terms of reference

The Indigenous Research Committee will:

  • Consider, develop and progress Indigenous research at UTS.
  • Recommend practical initiatives for inclusion into relevant sections of the Indigenous Education Strategy.
  • Coordinate and implement to initiatives aimed at progressing Indigenous research across UTS.
  • Provide advice or action as appropriate any relevant matters referred to it by the Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Strategies Committee.

Procedural matters

Term of office

The term of office for a member of the Indigenous Research Committee, other than a member required for quorum (as indicated by an asterisk next to their position), will be two years.

Review of membership

The composition and membership of the Indigenous Research Committee will be reviewed periodically by the Chair in accordance with the procedures approved by the Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Strategies Committee and amended from time to time.


To be quorate, the five members with an asterisk next to their position or their named nominees (where applicable) must be present.

Frequency of meetings

The Indigenous Research Committee meets at least twice per year.