Committee Positions

Senate Committees

Senate: Senate is constituted as the Academic Board referred to in the Education Act.  As such it advises the Council on matters relating to courses of study or training, awards, and other academic matters; and exercises powers delegated to it by Council.  (4 undergraduates, 1 postgraduate, President of AUSA)

Academic Grievance Committee (ad hoc): Considers undergraduate students’ grievances about learning and research that have not been resolved by direct contact with University staff or by complaint to the relevant Head of Department or Dean. (1 student)

Academic Programmes: They review and make recommendations to Senate on all proposals for new academic programmes, new academic qualifications and major changes to existing programmes and qualifications. They monitor the manner in which Faculties exercise their delegated authority over minor changes to academic programmes and courses and the introduction of new courses. They oversee and monitor the review and evaluation of new academic programmes and qualifications. (1 student)

Education Committee: Make recommendations to Senate on the development of courses at Auckland and their entrance and selection policy, awards higher degrees, and deals with Faculty and Department reviews. It monitors the quality of teaching and learning, and recommends on policies and activities that will improve it, including policies and procedures for the evaluation of teaching and learning.  It also recommends and administers Teaching Improvement Grants and Distinguished Teaching Awards. (AUSA President or nominee)

International Committee: Looks after the affairs of international students, and monitors efforts aimed at recruitment. (1 student)

Library Committee: Advises on policy relating to the Library. Lots of recent developments in this area, which affect students directly (1 student)

Research Committee: Make recommendations to Senate on anything to do with research, including allocation of internal research funds, development of research strategies, and appointment of post-doctoral fellows. (1 full-time research student – Doctorate, or Masters thesis)

Schools Liaison Committee: Monitors the University’s efforts to reach out to secondary schools and incoming students (1 student)

Teaching and Learning Quality Committee: Make recommendations to Education Committee on specific education matters like Distance Education and the Student Learning Centre, as well as teaching facilities and Equal Education Opportunity. It monitors the quality of teaching and learning, and recommends on policies and activities that will improve it, including policies and procedures for the evaluation of teaching and learning.  It also recommends and administer Teaching Improvement Grants and Distinguished Teaching Awards (2 students)

Council Committees

Equity Committee: This committee advises on University policy in Equal Employment and Equal Educational Opportunities They develop University plans for Equal Employment and Equal Educational Opportunities. They monitor and report on the implementation of the University’s Equal Opportunity policies and plans and the University’s progress towards Equal Opportunities (1 student)

Discipline Committee (ad hoc): They have the power to act with respect to the relevant provisions of the Disciplinary Statute, Library Statute, The Information and Communications Statute, The Examination Regulations, The Enrolment and Programme Regulations. This committee has the power to hear and determine recommendations from the Registrar, that a person not be permitted to enrol as a student of the University. This is consistent with Section 224 (13) (A) of the Education Act, on the grounds that the person is not of good character or has been guilty of misconduct or breach of discipline. (2 student members of Senate – One to act as alternate)

Human Participant Ethics Committee: This committee ensures that research on human participants conducted by members of the University community complies with the highest appropriate ethical standards  They protect the interests of participants, the researcher and The University of Auckland. They promote awareness within the university community of ethical issues relating to research with human participants They assist applicants to obtain timely approval of applications, so far as possible and consistent with the rights of participants to be treated ethically They provide an avenue for handling complaints or queries made by any interested person. (1 student)

Vice Chancellor’s Committees

Information Technology Strategy and Policy Committee: To advise the Vice-Chancellor on strategic IT policy and priorities for Budget Committee, to carry out an annual review on standardised software and hardware, to receive, endorse or review the annual IT plans and reports of primary activity centres, to mediate conflict on IT provision. (1 student)

Occupational Environmental Safety and Health Committee: Reports to the VC’s Staff Advisory Committee on matters relating to safety in the workplace.  Purpose is to improve staff skills relating to safety and the safety of the staff and student environment. (1 student)

Student Consultative Committee Student Reps