Academic Senate News



Academic Senate is responsible for ensuring the academic quality and integrity of the University's academic operations.  As the primary academic discussion forum in the University, it debates issues that affect the University's ability to implement, enhance and quality assure its academic mission - from the way we teach, through the courses we offer to the quality of our research activities.  It does this by bringing together the University's Senior Management with representatives of the University's Colleges and the student body to discuss and ratify the academic issues facing the University.

Academic Senate meetings are open to all members of the University community, with the exception of rare confidential items. Contact the Secretary at for more information.

These pages provide a snapshot of the deliberations and decisions of Senate.  Further information can be found in the minutes and from the Secretary.

Issue of the Meeting

Academic Senate has introduced a regular Issue of the Meeting and is soliciting items for discussion from across the University.  The idea is to raise and discuss issues of institutional level importance to the academic functions of the University.   

Suggestions are welcome, and should be forwarded to .

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Index of Minutes 2000-2016

Academic Senate news

Report from meeting 1/18 – 28 March 2018

Below is an informal summary of some of the discussions and decisions at the March meeting of Academic Senate.  This is not intended to be either exhaustive or definitive.  Further detail can be found in the minutes and your Academic Senate representatives can provide further detail.  

Higher Degrees policies

Academic Senate approved the rescission of the Research Higher Degrees policy, which has been replaced by:

  • Higher Degrees by Research policy
  • English Language Proficiency Requirements for HDR Candidature (supporting requirements to the HDR policy)
  • Higher Degrees Supervision policy

The new policies have been written in the new briefer and planer style, and will be promulgated to relevant staff explaining the changes within the next few weeks.

Admissions policy

A new Admissions policy was approved to replace the Entry Requirements policy, and the rescinded Admissions statute. Also approved were the:

  • Academic Admission Pathways for Coursework Award Courses
  • English Language Proficiency Requirements for Coursework  Award Courses

Enrolment policy

The Enrolment policy has been modernised in accordance with the new policy framework, and elements from the related rescinded statute.

Senate sub-committees

Senate approved a proposal to reorganise the committees of the University to establish a formal relationship between the Academic Senate and those committees which collectively provide oversight for the range of academic matters for which Academic Senate is responsible. The following committees, both existing and new, have been made sub-committees of Academic Senate, with their terms of reference and composition established or amended as appropriate:

  • Education Quality Committee (formerly Course Quality Committee)
  • Research Quality Committee (new)
  • University Higher Degrees by Research Committee (formerly URHDC)


All Senior Management members provide a written report that can be found in the agenda/papers package. 

Other Decisions or Points of Interest

  • The Vice-Chancellor reported that an international search has commenced for a new Vice-President and Executive Dean for the College of Science and Engineering;
  • Flinders success in achieving the top rating in South Australia in the Employer Skills Survey;
  • Clarification of the role the DVCR and research/HDR committees play in the approval of amendments to Higher Degree by Research courses;
  • At this point in time the University is on target to achieve enrolment growth, which is a pleasing outcome in a slow market;
  • An upward trend in Higher Degree by research enrolment is pleasing, particularly coupled with the continued reduction in overtime candidature;
  • A review of Work-Integrated-Learning (WIL) has commenced;
  • Interesting developments in the University's relationship with France arising from defence contracts;
  • The last annual report from the Course Advisory Committee was received, that committee now being replaced by the Course (Education) Quality Committee.

Professor John Roddick
Chair, Academic Senate

Melinda Pike
Executive Officer, Academic Senate

13 April 2018

Reports on non-confidential matters considered at previous meetings of Academic Senate are below:


Academic Senate Meeting 1/17 15 February 2017 Senate news 1/17
Academic Senate Meeting 2/17 29 March 2017 Senate news 2/17
Academic Senate Meeting 3/17 17 May 2017 Senate news 3/17
Academic Senate Meeting 4/17 5 July 2017 Senate news 4/17
Academic Senate Meeting 5/17 13 September 2017 Senate news 5/17
Academic Senate Meeting 6/17 15 November 2017 Senate news 6/17