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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, 26 August 2002, 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, Mr R Batchelor, Ms J Brankovich, Dr S Bunt, Dr S Baker, Dr W H Clough, Ms G Gooding, Mr D Griffiths, Professor D Haskell, Mr P W Nichols, Mr M Palassis, Mr L Rowe, Ms E Smyth, Mrs C Tang
By Invitation: The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Professor A Robson), the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) (Professor M Barber), the Executive Director (Academic Services) and Registrar (Mr P W Curtis), the student member elect (Mr S Millman), the President of the Community & Public Sector Union (Mr B Houliston), the President of the Academic Staff Association (Dr I Watson), the Director of Public Affairs (Mr C Campbell-Fraser), the Acting Director, Legal Services (Mr K Heitman), the Executive Officer, Vice-Chancellery (Ms E Nixon).
Mrs W Edgeley as Secretary.
Associate Professor P Maddern, Professor C Praeger, Clinical Professor L A Cala, Mrs J Jones, Mr M L Griffith, Mr P Clifton, Professor M Seares.
RESOLVED – 95
that the Minutes of the meeting held on 22 July 2002 be confirmed.
The Chancellor welcomed Mrs Cathy Tang to her first meeting following a four month period of leave of absence.
The Chair invited members to declare interests in relation to any item on the agenda. No interests were declared.
4. ADMISSION TO DEGREES AND AWARD OF DIPLOMAS
RESOLVED – 96
that the following, having completed the requirements, be awarded their respective degrees:
RESOLVED - 97
that the following, having completed the requirements, be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Management:
4.2 Amendment of Award made at Graduation Ceremony on 18 April 2002
The Faculty of Education had advised that as a result of an administrative error, Mr Graham William James Pearce had been awarded a Master of Educational Management pass degree instead of a Master of Educational Management with Honours at the Graduation Ceremony on 18 April 2002. The Faculty had asked that the error be corrected.
RESOLVED - 98
to approve the award of a Master of Educational Management with Honours to Graham William James Pearce in place of the Master of Educational Management pass degree awarded at the Graduation Ceremony on 18 April 2002.
5. REPORT OF RECOMMENDATION MADE BY THE ACADEMIC COUNCIL FOLLOWING CIRCULAR
Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences: Proposed Master of Landscape Management – Ref F3369
RESOLVED - 99
that approval be given in principle for the introduction of the Master of Landscape Management in 2003.
6. SENATE STANDING COMMITTEES
Meeting of the Strategic Resources Committee – 1 August 2002
6.1 Recommendation to sell 2 Kings Park Road, West Perth – Ref 07/07/01/97/00
Following circulation of the Chair’s recommendation in relation to Item 3 of the minutes,
RESOLVED - 100
that the consent of the Governor in Council be sought for the sale of 2 Kings Park Road, West Perth, and that subject to the Governor’s consent being given the property be sold in accordance with the recommendation of Lend Lease Investments.
6.2 Near Campus Property - Unit 3/5 Clark Street, Nedlands - Ref 3367
RESOLVED - 101
to approve the purchase of Unit 3/5 Clark Street, Nedlands, for the sum recommended by the Strategic Resources Committee.
In response to a request from a member, who had noted Item 5 of the minutes of the Strategic Resources Committee, for further information on the progress of the Motorola project, it was agreed that a summary paper should be prepared and submitted to the Senate through the next meeting of the Strategic Resources Committee.
7. 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:
Appointment as Professor
Members noted that:
Promotion to Associate Professor
Dr Brian Dawson (School of Human Movement)
Dr Ryzard Kozera (School of Computer Science and Software Engineering)
Dr Robert Stamps (School of Physics)
Dr James Whelan (School of Biomedical and Chemical Sciences)
Promotion to Senior Lecturer
Dr Alexandra Ludewig (School of Humanities)
Award of Tenure
Dr Jane Allan (School of Medicine and Pharmacology)
Dr Jiti Gao (School of Mathematics and Statistics)
Ms Kate Hislop (School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts)
Dr Alice Niemeyer (School of Mathematics and Statistics)
Appointment of Deputy Dean
Headships of Schools
8. PERTH INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL BOARD OF MANAGEMENT MEMBERSHIP – REF F941
On the recommendation of the Perth International Arts Festival Board of Management,
RESOLVED – 102
to approve the appointment of Mr Peter Leonhardt as a member of the Perth International Arts Festival Board of Management in the "Accounting Expert" category of membership, for a three year term.
9. ANNUAL REPORTS
Members noted that the following Annual Reports had been received and could be read in the Vice-Chancellery on request:
10. MEETING ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE
Members noted that there had been no issues of significance raised by responses in the Meeting Assessment Questionnaire for the July meeting. A questionnaire for the August meeting had been included in the agenda papers.
11. REPORT OF THE VICE-CHANCELLOR AND PRESIDENT – REF 02/01/007/002
Members noted the contents of the Report of the Vice-Chancellor and President dated 26 August 2002.
Professor Schreuder spoke briefly about a number of additional matters, including: a recent meeting between the State Minister for Education and the Vice-Chancellors of the West Australian universities regarding planning for education in the State; the recent Crossroads forums in Perth, at which the University had been represented by members of the Executive and others; a meeting of the Vice-Chancellors of the West Australian universities with the team which had conducted the Crossroads forums; recent activities of the AVCC, including meetings with DEST to discuss the AVCC submissions to Crossroads, and meetings with various politicians; a visit by the Vice- Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, with which UWA was establishing close links for the purposes of reciprocal international benchmarking; a successful one day retreat of senior staff, as part of the process of gathering input to the revision of the Operational Priorities Plan; and a highly successful University Expo on 25 August.
The Vice-Chancellor concluded by expressing his pleasure that the University had been named Prime Minister’s Employer of the Year in the Higher Education Category for its WorkPlace Diversity Strategy.
The Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor then answered a number of questions arising from the Report and relating to: likely State Government responses to Crossroads discussion papers; and the rationale for UWA’s choice of universities for international and national benchmarking.
A member congratulated the University’s staff and students on the quality of the displays and of the personal interaction with visitors at the University Expo. The Chancellor expressed his appreciation of the very informative publication which had been produced to advertise the Expo; he believed that the style and tone of the document had been extremely well matched to the event.
12. SENATE PROGRAMME FOR 2002 - CHANGES - REF
Members noted proposed changes to the Senate Programme for 2002 resulting largely from the need to dedicate this meeting to consideration of key issues for inclusion in the University’s responses to the Crossroads discussion papers.
Following the release of the Higher Education Review overview paper entitled Higher Education at the Crossroads, DEST had released, at intervals, a series of discussion papers which examined in greater detail some of the major challenges raised in the overview paper. The discussion papers had been informed by perspectives raised through the consultation and submission process for the original overview paper. Responses to all papers, regardless of their release date, were due by 13 September.
As the papers had been released, senators had been advised of the Web locations and encouraged to familiarise themselves with the Executive Summary for each paper.
The agenda had set out the proposed process for the preparation of responses to the papers within the very tight timeframe. The steps proposed included: identification of key issues for inclusion in the UWA response by the appropriate University committees/officers; consideration of the key issues by senators; and final write-up by the Executive with the involvement of the Chancellor.
Members noted that the Chancellor had endorsed the following principles in relation to all UWA submissions:
Members had before them the following documents relating to the discussion papers;
Members noted that the paper had been referred to the School of Indigenous Studies for comment. The view of the Executive was that the paper contained much that was in line with UWA’s current approach. Senate was asked to authorise the Executive to prepare a response which took account of any comments received from the School of Indigenous Studies, as well as comments made at this meeting.
It was noted that this paper had only recently been issued. Key issues for inclusion in the response would be circulated to members as soon as possible for comment.
The Chancellor opened the item by seeking agreement to the processes proposed in the agenda and there was general acceptance of what was proposed.
At the invitation of the Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor then spoke briefly about the AVCC’s approach to responding to the discussion papers. The AVCC had chosen to focus on a series of key themes rather than to respond individually to each paper. Among other things it would be making a statement about a reasonable funding model, the full details of which were currently in development. In response to a criticism of the AVCC approach to the funding issue to date, the Vice-Chancellor explained the rationale for the approach.
The Chancellor then invited members to consider, in relation to each paper, the key issues as identified in the briefing papers provided, and to raise any other issues they would like to see addressed in the UWA responses. He advised that comments and suggestions would be taken into account in the preparation of the final responses.
Each briefing paper was then introduced by the responsible officer and key points raised in discussion were noted for the information of those preparing the final papers. (Senate members only)
At the start of the discussion of Setting Firm Foundations: Financing Higher Education a member moved that the suggestion in the Registrar’s briefing paper that a modified Model 2 be supported by UWA be amended to include recommendations that:
The mover of the motion outlined the rationale for his proposal, and general discussion followed. The motion was then put and lost.
At the end of the discussion of all the papers, the Chancellor thanked those involved in preparing the briefing papers for Senate and expressed his appreciation of the Senate’s interest in the issues. Members’ views had been noted and would be taken into account in the preparation of the final submissions.