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Indigenous Studies Committee

About the Committee

The Indigenous Studies Committee is a specialist forum and working group for the progression of Indigenous studies and the inclusion of Indigenous content in curricula across UTS. The Indigenous Studies Committee reports to the Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Strategies Committee.

Meeting dates 2017

Wednesday 5 April
Monday 14 August

Time: 10am to 12pm
Location: Chancellery Boardroom, level 4, Building 1, City campus, Broadway (CCB01.04A.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 (Education and Students) (Chair)* Professor Shirley Alexander
Director, Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges or named nominee* Professor Michelle Trudgett
Chair, Teaching and Learning Committee or named nominee* Associate Professor Rob Jarman
Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics as may be relevant to the progression of initiatives in section 3: Indigenous Teaching and Learning of the Indigenous Education Strategy, and as appointed by the Chair. Associate Professor Thalia Anthony

Dr Nina Burridge

Professor Michael McDaniel

Associate Professor Jo McKenzie

Professor Susan Page

Angela Phillips

Dr Tamara Power (replacing Ms Claudia Virdun, on leave)
Co-opted members as deemed appropriate to the progression of section 3: Indigenous Teaching and Learning of the Indigenous Education Strategy, and determined by the Chair Gavin Mate

* See note on quorum.

Terms of reference

The Indigenous Studies Committee will:

  • Consider relevant curricula issues.
  • Inquire into the progression and quality of all initiatives contained within Section 3: Indigenous Teaching and Learning of the Indigenous Education Strategy.
  • Recommend practical initiatives for inclusion into the relevant section of the Indigenous Education Strategy.
  • Coordinate and implement initiatives aimed at increasing Indigenous studies and content in courses 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 Studies 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 Studies 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 three members with an asterisk next to their position or their named nominees (where applicable) must be present.

Frequency of meetings

The Indigenous Studies Committee will meet at least twice per year.