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THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Minutes of the special meeting of the Senate held in the Senate Room, University,
Nedlands on Monday, 27 October 2003, at 4.00 pm
The Chancellor (Dr K C Michael) in the Chair, the Pro Chancellor (the Hon Justice C Wheeler), the Vice-Chancellor and President (Professor D M Schreuder, Mr A Allan, Dr S Bunt, Clinical Professor L A Cala, Mr D Griffiths, Mr S Ford, Ms G Gooding, Dr A J Howarth, Mrs J Jones, Mr S Millman, Professor C Praeger, Dr T I Quickenden, Ms M Robinson, Mrs C Tang.
By Invitation: Guild President elect (Ms S Byers), the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Professor A Robson), the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community and Development) (Professor M Seares), the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)(Professor D McEachern), the Executive Director (Academic Services) and Registrar (Mr P W Curtis), the Acting Executive Director (Finance and Resources) (Mr M Altus), the President of the Academic Staff Association (Associate Professor C Whitehead), the President of the Community & Public Sector Union (Mr J Wintle), the Director of Public Affairs (Mr C Campbell-Fraser), the Director, Legal Services (Mr K Heitman), the Executive Officer, Vice-Chancellery (Ms E Nixon).
Mrs J Massey as Secretary.
Dr S Baker, Mr P Clifton, Professor D Haskell, Ms E Smyth, student member elect (Mr R Batchelor), the Deputy Warden of Convocation (Mr M Zilko).
The Chancellor welcomed the new Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Doug McEachern, to his first meeting of Senate. He also welcomed Ms Susie Byers, the incoming Guild President, who would be attending the October and November Senate meetings as an observer prior to taking up her appointment as President on 1 December.
1. DECLARATION OF INTEREST
The Chair invited members to declare interests in relation to any item on the agenda. No interests were declared.
RESOLVED – 147
that the Minutes of the meeting held on 22 September 2003 be confirmed.
Senate noted that the Chancellor had received a number of letters from staff concerning Senate’s position in relation to the Federal Government’s proposals for higher education, in particular the proposed workplace relations and governance reforms. The University Secretary had replied on the Chancellor’s behalf drawing attention to the University’s submission to the Federal Government, as set out in responses which had been endorsed by Senate. Copies of the letters were tabled at the meeting for Senators’ information.
4. ADMISSION TO DEGREES AND AWARD OF DIPLOMAS
RESOLVED – 148
that the award of the degree of Bachelor of Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences be conferred posthumously on former student No. 0148326.
RESOLVED – 149
that the candidates named below be admitted to their respective degrees:
RESOLVED – 150
that the candidates named below be awarded their respective diplomas:
RESOLVED – 151
that Luka BRKIC be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Management.
5. REPORT OF DECISION TAKEN BY ACADEMIC COUNCIL BY CIRCULAR
Proposed New Course
Faculty of Economics and Commerce – Introduction of Master of Transport Studies –
RESOLVED – 152
(i) to approve the introduction in second semester 2004 of a Master of Transport Studies as a quadruple-badged degree to be offered jointly with Curtin, Edith Cowan and Murdoch Universities;
(ii) to approve the addition of the course to the Schedule to the Courses Regulations.
6. REPORT OF DECISION TAKEN BY THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE BY CIRCULAR
Legal Representation in Student Appeal Processes and Amendments to Student Grievance Resolution Policy and Academic Assessment Policy – Ref F198
RESOLVED – 153
that amendments to the Procedures for Appeals Against Academic Assessment and the Student Grievance Resolution Policy be approved as recommended.
7. SENATE STANDING COMMITTEES
Members noted the contents of the following meetings:
Development Committee held on 9 September 2003
External Environment Committee held on 8 October 2003
Strategic Resources Committee held on 7 October 2003
7.1 Meeting of the Strategic Resources Committee – Ref 06/04/011/168
7.1.1 Commercial Property – 37 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria, NSW
RESOLVED – 154
(i) that the consent of the Governor in Council be sought for the sale of 37 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria, New South Wales;
(ii) that subject to the Governor’s consent, the property be sold either by auction or tender as determined by the University Executive on the advice of Lend Lease Real Estate Investments;
(iii) that the proceeds from the sale of the property be invested as required by section 14A of the University of Western Australia Act 1911; and
(iv) that the Chair and Acting Executive Director, Finance and Resources be authorised to negotiate a sale price for the property should offers fall below the December 2002 valuation as recorded in the minute book.
8. APPOINTMENTS, PROMOTIONS AND AWARDS OF TENURE
Senate noted the following information on appointments, promotions and awards of tenure, in accordance with Senate Resolution 274/00:
Promotion to Professor
Associate Professor Mark Barley (School of Earth and Geographical Sciences)
Promotion to Associate Professor
Dr Moonjoong Tcha (School of Economics and Commerce)
Dr Song Wang (School of Mathematics and Statistics)
Promotion to Senior Lecturer
Dr Tsoy-Wo Ma (School of Mathematics and Statistics)
Dr Beverley McNamara (School of Social and Cultural Studies)
9. GUIDELINES FOR THE AWARD OF HONORARY DEGREES – REF 01/03/008/004
RESOLVED – 155
that the Guidelines for the Award of Honorary Degrees under Statute 14 be approved as recommended.
10. GUILD VILLAGE COURTYARD – NAMING
RESOLVED – 156
to approve the Guild’s resolution to name the Guild Village courtyard ‘Koort Kwoba dandjoo’ meaning Happy Hearts Together.
11. REPORT OF THE VICE-CHANCELLOR AND PRESIDENT – REF F746
In addition to the points made in his written report, the Vice-Chancellor informed Senate that UWA had won the GU Corporate Award for Best Work/Life Balance Strategy (referred to on attachment A9 of his report). He advised that the various research reviews currently underway were making good progress and that the outcomes would be channelled into Backing Australia’s Ability 2 (BAA2). He drew attention to the three tabled newspaper articles on the allocation of new student places, PIAF funding and the University’s investment portfolio.
With regard to the Nelson reforms, the Vice-Chancellor drew attention to his recent lecture on ‘The Higher Education Wars’. He indicated that the Federal Government was currently engaged in working out its final strategies for the passage of the legislation through Parliament. The AVCC was still lobbying strongly for the package to be modified. In particular the industrial relations reforms were more restrictive that originally foreshadowed. In addition there were concerns about the powers of the Ministry in the management of the Commonwealth Grants Scheme and that the equity pool was not sufficient to provide an acceptable level of scholarship funding. The Vice-Chancellor emphasised that it was important not to lose the momentum for change but that nonetheless some amendments to the current proposals were needed. On a more positive note, the Vice-Chancellor commended the recent collaborative work undertaken by the Australian Chancellors and the AVCC in developing a joint statement on governance protocols.
In response to a query, the Vice-Chancellor, Pro Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community and Development) provided further details of recent discussions with Perth City Council concerning PIAF.
In relation to the Vice-Chancellor’s comments about the industrial relations reforms, the President of the Academic Staff Association expressed concern that the tying of increased funding to industrial relations reforms was an attempt to bribe the universities. He urged Senate to consider making a public statement about its position on this matter. It was agreed to note the President’s comments and the Vice-Chancellor’s response advising that he had made plain publicly that UWA and the AVCC opposed the tying of industrial relations reforms to additional funding.
The Chair of the External Environment Committee encouraged interested Senate members to attend the External Environment Committee meeting on 25 November when Professor Bruce Chapman would be presenting his report modelling the impacts of various student contribution, fee and repayment regimes.
The Vice-Chancellor concluded his presentation by providing a report on internationalisation based on recent overseas visits. The Vice-Chancellor commented on opportunities for growth, cross-cultural experience for students, opportunities for collaboration and trends in higher education in Asia, Europe and North America.
12. HONORARY DEGREES AND CHANCELLOR’S MEDALS – REF 01/03/008/003, 02/02/009/003
12.1 Acceptance of Awards of Honorary Degrees and Chancellor’s Medals
The Chancellor reported that since the last meeting the following people had accepted invitations for the award of honorary degrees and Chancellor’s Medals in 2004:
Professor John de Laeter
Professor David Clarkson
Justice John Toohey
Dr Fiona Wood
Professor Michael Arbib
Dr John Glover
Dr Hank Greenway
Mr Malcolm Orr
12.2 Chancellor’s Medals – Further Invitations
The Chancellor reported on further decisions made by the Honorary Degrees Committee to offer Chancellor’s Medals in 2004. Members expressed support for the proposed awardees and were asked to treat the information as confidential until formal invitations had been offered.
13. FUNDING ISSUES – REF F5383
At the invitation of the Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor gave a presentation on funding issues which had been one of the topics selected as part of the 2003 Senate programme for strategic discussion.
In his presentation the Deputy Vice-Chancellor provided members with information on the following: sources of income, operating revenue trends over the previous five years, comparisons of income growth to that of local and G08 universities, and operating revenue forecasts. He discussed strategies to increase income, including opportunities which may arise under the Nelson reform package and possible adjustments to the Operational Priorities Plan (OPP) targets. He concluded with a series of issues for discussion.
Members Copies of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s presentation were distributed to members at the
only…… meeting. Further details of the discussion and the list of issues for discussion are attached for members only.
At the close of discussion the Chancellor thanked the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for his presentation and also those who had helped to prepare it, particularly Mr Mark Altus, Ms Vicki Willmot and Mr Ian Baker. It was agreed that the presentation provided an informative context in which the Senate at its next meeting could discuss the University Budget for 2004. In addition, the issues raised would be mainstreamed through the Cycle of Planning and Accountability and would provide a basis for further development by the Executive of key issues which would be brought back to Senate for discussion at the Strategic Directions Seminar in February and subsequent meetings.