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									35. THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA Minutes of the ordinary meeting of the Senate held in the Senate Room, University, Nedlands on Monday, 24 May 2004, at 4.00 pm

PRESENT: The Chancellor (Dr K C Michael) in the Chair, the Pro Chancellor (The Hon Justice C Wheeler), the Vice-Chancellor (Professor A Robson), Mr A Allan, Dr S Baker, Mr R Batchelor, Ms S Byers, Professor S Bunt, Clinical Professor L A Cala, Mr J Fogarty, Ms G Gooding, Mr D Griffiths, Professor D Haskell, Dr A Howarth, Mrs J Jones, Ms N Mast, Professor C Praeger, Dr T Quickenden, Ms E Smyth. By Invitation: the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)(Professor D McEachern), the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (Professor B Probert), the Executive Director (Academic Services) and Registrar (Mr P W Curtis), the Executive Director (Finance and Resources) (Ms G McMath), the student member elect (Ms N Nugraweni), the President of the Academic Staff Association (Associate Professor C Whitehead), the President of the Community & Public Sector Union (Mr J Wintle), the Vice-President of the National Tertiary Education Union (Mr T Stewart), the Director of Public Affairs (Mr C Campbell-Fraser), the Director of Planning Services (Mr R McCormack), the Deputy University Secretary (Ms T McGlade), the Executive Officer (Teaching and Learning Policy) (Mrs S Smurthwaite), the Acting Executive Officer, Vice-Chancellery (Mr D Durack). Mrs J Massey as Secretary. APOLOGIES: Mr L G Rowe, Mr M Zilko, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Professor M Seares), the President of the National Tertiary Education Union (Associate Professor P Baron), the Director, Legal Services (Mr K Heitman). LEAVE OF ABSENCE: Mrs C Tang.

1. 1.1

PERSONAL Welcome

The Chancellor welcomed the Deputy University Secretary, Ms T McGlade, the Executive Officer (Teaching and Learning Policy), Mrs S Smurthwaite and the Director, Planning Services, Mr R McCormack to the meeting. 1.2 Congratulations

The Chancellor congratulated Dr S Bunt on his recent promotion to Professorial Fellow (Teaching and Learning) and Mr A Allan on his new appointment as Permanent Secretary to the Department of Constitutional Affairs in London. 1.3 Vale

Senate noted with deep regret the recent deaths of Emeritus Professor Reginald Moir AO and Emeritus Professor David Curnow AO. Professor Moir who retired in 1983 was one of the longest serving members of the academic staff, having begun his University career as a research assistant in 1940. Professor Curnow who retired in 1985 was Foundation Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Head of Department.

36. 2. MINUTES

RESOLVED – 56 that the minutes of the meeting held on 26 April 2004 be confirmed.

3.

DECLARATION OF INTEREST

The Chair invited members to declare interests in relation to any item on the agenda. He also advised members in relation to the proposed collaborative arrangements with the West Australian Maritime Museum (item 4.2 on the agenda) that he was the Chair of the Trustees of the West Australian Museum, the umbrella organisation for the Maritime Museum.

4.

ADMISSION TO DEGREES AND AWARD OF DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATES

RESOLVED – 57 that the candidates named below be admitted to their respective degrees: Bachelor of Arts .. Lucy Anne ASHCROFT Tristan David MEATH Dixie Lilian PRICE Elizabeth Peta VAN HAZEL James Alexander COATSWORTH Mary Patricia LLOYD Steven Leonard BONNY KWANG Kong Huat May Fen LEE Myles Lachlan QUINN Ka Ho WAN Benjamin Christopher ANDERSON Thomas Christopher EWING Rebecca Jean SURMAN Myles Lachlan QUINN Gregory COLES

Bachelor of Arts with Second Class Honours (Division A) Bachelor of Commerce

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Bachelor of Economics Bachelor of Engineering Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours Bachelor of Environmental Design Bachelor of Laws Bachelor of Music with Second Class Honours (Division A) Bachelor of Science Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) with First Class Honours Bachelor of Science (Biophysical Science) Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Health Science)

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Daniel Rata PLANE Timothy Robert MERCER Prarthana SETHI James Timothy COOPER Margaret Fiona MCHUGH Natasha Simone CHESTER

37. Bachelor of Science (Neuroscience) Bachelor of Science (Neuroscience) with First Class Honours Bachelor of Social Work Master of Engineering Science Master of Manual Therapy Master of Musculoskeletal Studies Master of Music Master of Science Doctor of Philosophy RESOLVED – 58 that the candidates named below be awarded their respective diplomas: Diploma in Modern Languages Graduate Diploma in Business Administration Graduate Diploma in Education .. .. .. Deborah ER Mui Huay LIM Kok Pheng Stephen Thomas GALBRAITH Belinda Gaye MARRA Colin Anthony OTTAWAY Pasquale RECHICHI .. .. Brett MANSVELD Ruth SMANS

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Sindy-Lea CLARKE Yen Thuc TRAN WONG King Chung Eric Charles BULL Bronwyn Sarah GIBSON Marta Aldona BRONOWICKA Tian Khoon LIM James Matthew MACDONALD

Graduate Diploma in Taxation Studies

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5.

REPORT OF THE MEETING OF THE ACADEMIC COUNCIL HELD ON 5 MAY 2004 Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – Graduate Certificate in Social Work – Ref F7810

5.1

RESOLVED – 59 (i) (ii) 5.2 to approve the introduction of the Graduate Certificate of Social Work with effect from 2005; to approve the addition of the course to the Schedule to the Courses Regulations. Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – Graduate Diploma of Applied Maritime Archaeology and Master of Applied Maritime Archaeology – Ref F7811

RESOLVED – 60 (i) to approve the introduction of the Graduate Diploma of Applied Maritime Archaeology with effect from 2005; to approve the introduction of the Master of Applied Maritime Archaeology with effect from 2005; to approve the addition of the courses to the Schedule to the Courses Regulations.

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38. 5.3 Faculty of Economics and Commerce – Graduate Certificate in Technology Commercialisation – Ref F7795, F1146

RESOLVED – 61 (i) (ii) to approve the introduction of the Graduate Certificate in Technology Commercialisation with effect from 2005; to approve the introduction of the Graduate Certificate in Technology Commercialisation as a specialised programme in the Master of Business Administration (Advanced); to approve the addition of the course to the Schedule to the Courses Regulations. Faculty of Economics and Commerce and Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics - Bachelor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences/Bachelor of Economics - Ref F7565

(iii) 5.4

RESOLVED - 62 (i) to approve the introduction of a combined course for the degrees of Bachelor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences and Bachelor of Economics with effect from 2005; to approve the addition of the course to the Schedule to the Courses Regulations. Faculty of Economics and Commerce and Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics – Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Economics – Ref F7563

(ii) 5.5

RESOLVED - 63 (i) to approve the introduction of a combined course for the degrees of Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Engineering with effect from 2005; to approve the addition of the course to the Schedule to the Courses Regulations. Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences – Master of Pharmacy – Ref F7784

(ii) 5.6

RESOLVED - 64 (i) (ii) 5.7 to approve the introduction of the Master of Pharmacy course effective July 2005; to approve the addition of the course to the Schedule to the Courses Regulations. Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences – Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Science Communication – Ref F7787, F7788

RESOLVED - 65 (i) (ii) (iii) to approve the introduction of the Graduate Diploma in Science Communication effective 2005; to approve the introduction of the Graduate Certificate in Science Communication effective 2005; to approve the addition of these courses to the Schedule to the Courses Regulations.

39. 5.8 Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences – Graduate Certificate in Sports Science (Coaching) and Graduate Certificate in Sports Science (Administration/Management) – Ref F7785, F7786

RESOLVED - 66 (i) to approve the introduction of the Graduate Certificate in Sports Science (Coaching) and Graduate Certificate in Sports Science (Administration/Management) with effect from 2005; to approve the addition of these courses to the Schedule to the Courses Regulations. Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Music – Ref F7789

(ii) 5.9

RESOLVED - 67 (i) to approve the introduction of a combined course for the degrees of Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Music with effect from 2005, with entry in 2004 in accordance with the University’s policy on access for high-achieving students; to approve the addition of the course to the Schedule to the Courses Regulations.

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5.10 Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry – Graduate Diploma in Dentistry – Ref F7813 RESOLVED - 68 (i) (ii) to approve the introduction of the Graduate Diploma in Dentistry with effect from 2005; to approve the addition of the course to the Schedule to the Courses Regulations.

5.11 Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry – Graduate Diploma in and Master of Dental Public and Primary Health RESOLVED - 69 (i) to approve the introduction of the Graduate Diploma in Dental Public and Primary Health with effect from 2005; to approve the introduction of a Master of Dental Public and Primary Health with effect from 2005; to approve the addition of the courses to the Schedule to the Courses Regulations.

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5.12 Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies) Honours Programme – Ref F7812 RESOLVED - 70 (i) to approve the introduction of the honours programme in the Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies) with effect from 2005; to approve the addition of the course to the Schedule to the Courses Regulations.

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5.13 Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics – Proposed new programmes in Bachelor of Engineering – Ref F4990 RESOLVED - 71 (i) (ii) to approve the introduction of the two new programmes in the Bachelor of Engineering – Petroleum Engineering and Process Engineering with effect from 2005; to approve the addition of the programmes to the Schedule to the Courses Regulations.

40. 5.14 Faculty of Economics and Commerce – Combined Degrees – Ref F5071

RESOLVED - 72 (i) to approve the separation, from 2005, of the following combined courses into individual courses such that each has its individual course code and set of rules – Bachelor of Computer Science/Bachelor of Economics Bachelor of Computer Science/Bachelor of Commerce Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Economics Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Economics Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Commerce Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Economics Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Commerce Bachelor of Science (Agric)/Bachelor of Economics Bachelor of Science (Agric)/Bachelor of Commerce (ii) (iii) to approve the rescission, from 2005, of the combined courses where a choice was required between Economics and Commerce; to approve the amendment of these courses in the Schedule to the Courses Regulations.

6. 6.1

REPORT OF THE MEETING OF THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE HELD ON 6 MAY 2004 Statute 10 – Vice-Chancellor – Ref 05/07/010/001

RESOLVED – 73 to endorse the proposed amendments to Statute No 10 (Vice-Chancellor) and forward them for consideration by Convocation in accordance with the requirements of the University Act. 6.2 Legislative Committee Constitution – Ref 06/04/011/043

RESOLVED – 74 that the constitution of the Legislative Committee be amended as recommended.

7. 7.1

SENATE STANDING COMMITTEES Chancellor’s Committee – Ref 06/04/011/174

Members noted the minutes of the meeting of the Chancellor’s Committee held on 3 May 2004. 7.1.1 National Governance Protocols – Ref F7512 The President of the Guild of Undergraduates raised several issues concerning the National Governance Protocols. In discussion, the following points were made:  Originally it had been understood that the Protocols would be guidelines. Whilst the Chancellors’ group and the AVCC had been able to negotiate some changes to the original Protocols, the evolution of the Protocols into conditions, with which strict compliance was required in order to receive certain funding, meant that the University, and most if not all other institutions, would have to change their respective Acts. Advice was currently being sought from DEST on the meaning of “employed by the high education provider” as this might have implications for some categories of members. Whilst it was understood that “employed” referred to paid employment, it was hoped that advice from DEST would provide clarification on this point.

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41.  In the past, under the current arrangements, a Convocation representative on Senate had had to resign due to taking up an appointment greater than 0.5 FTE with the University. The Chancellor or University Secretary would be required to confirm to DEST compliance with the Protocols and the Australian Workplace Agreements (AWA) requirements by 31 August. The WA-based Inter-university Working Party on the National Governance Protocols was developing a joint submission to State Cabinet covering changes to their respective Acts and it was understood that providing this submission was made by 31 August, DEST would consider that the universities had taken all steps within their power to comply. Within UWA, it was expected that changes to the UWA Act would be considered by the Chancellor’s Committee at its meeting on 13 July prior to consideration by Senate at its July meeting. Strategic Resources Committee

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7.2

Members noted the minutes of the meeting of the Strategic Resources Committee held on 4 May 2004.

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 Garry Hulse (School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences) Associate Professor David Pannell (School of Agricultural and Resource Economics) Promotion to Associate Professor Mr Douglas Hodgson (Law School) Dr Pamela Statham (School of Economics and Commerce) Award of Tenure Dr Mostafa Ismail (Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems) Associate Professor Barry Lehane (School of Civil and Resource Engineering) Mr Brett Smith (School of Economics and Commerce) Professor Gary Stockport (Graduate School of Management) Professorial Fellow (Teaching and Learning) Dr Stuart Bunt (School of Anatomy and Human Biology) Associate Professor Christopher Wortham (School of Social and Cultural Studies) 9. GRADUATION CEREMONIES IN 2004 – REF 2294

Members noted that a fourth ceremony might be needed for the Spring graduation ceremonies and that Thursday, 9 September was to be reserved for this purpose in case it was needed. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR AWARD OF HONORARY DOCTORATES IN 2005 – REF 01/03/008/004

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Members noted the prescribed arrangements for nominating candidates for the award of honorary degrees. Members were invited to submit nominations to Ms Trudi McGlade, Secretary to the Honorary Degrees Committee, by 6 August 2004.

42. 11. CHANCELLOR’S MEDALS – REF 02/02/009/003

The Chancellor was pleased to advise that Emeritus Professor R Prider and Mr D W G Treloar had accepted the award of a Chancellor’s Medal. REPORT OF THE VICE-CHANCELLOR – REF F1326

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In addition to the matters contained in his written report, the Vice-Chancellor reported on his recent visit to Canada for academic meetings and alumni gatherings, and in particular on the positive relationship developing with Queens University which would provide benefits to both institutions across a wide range of areas. Members noted the excellent results of the 2004 Perth International Arts Festival. It was agreed to pass on to all those involved in the 2004 Festival Senate’s appreciation of the successful outcomes. Members also noted that five UWA Press books had been short listed in the WA Premier’s Book Awards due to be announced in June. In response to a member’s query, the Vice-Chancellor advised that a decision about the possible introduction of domestic undergraduate fee-paying places could not be made until after the outcome of the University’s bid for new funded places was known. Although this outcome was expected on 1 June, there would not be time to undertake modelling and consider issues raised previously by Senate before the June Senate meeting. In addition the Guild had requested that a decision be postponed so that it would not take place during vacation when students might not be able to attend. It was expected that Senate would discuss the issues further in July with a view to making a decision in August or September. OPERATIONAL PRIORITIES PLAN – REF 2/12/001/002, 02/12/003/001

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The Chair introduced this item by drawing attention to the Cycle of Planning and Accountability which provided for a report on the Operational Priorities Plan (OPP) and a review of the Academic Profile at the annual Senate Strategic Directions Seminar in February. He reminded members that consideration of these items had been postponed to enable the Seminar to focus on the key issues of the structure of higher education in WA and the University’s policy directions in light of the Nelson reforms. It was noted that a review of the Academic Profile would be undertaken at a later date once the outcome of the recent bid for funded growth places was known. In the meantime a draft report on the Operational Priorities Plan 2003-2005 had been circulated to members.
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At the invitation of the Chair, the Vice-Chancellor spoke to this item, informing members that a final copy of the report would be circulated with the minutes. The Vice-Chancellor reported that overall the University had made good progress and that the latest available performance indicators suggested that the University would achieve by 2005 most of the targets articulated under each priority/objective in the OPP. Indeed a number of targets had been achieved in the first year of the Plan which suggested that some of them could have been more ambitious. The Vice-Chancellor then guided members through the report commenting on targets achieved, those where performance in the first year suggested that target might not be achieved by 2005, and those where data were not yet available to measure performance against some aspects. In accordance with a suggestion at the Chancellor’s Committee meeting on 3 May, selected performance indicators in table and graph format were tabled in order to provide a context for the OPP report. The Registrar indicated that the University had a wealth of information available to it through the Executive Information Service (EIS) which had been commended in the recently released AUQA report. He foreshowed a presentation of the EIS in the near future to Senate members who would then be given access codes and who would be able to indicate to the Executive areas where they would like to receive more information. The leaflet “UWA in Brief” was also tabled as a compact summary of key data about the University.

43. During the course of discussion the following main points were discussed:  With regard to the results of the nationally run Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ), the Vice-Chancellor drew attention to the high overall satisfaction expressed by students and continuing improvement on the Generic Skills Scale and the Good Teaching Scale. Interest was expressed in obtaining more information about comparisons to other universities’ scores and differences between results for individual faculties at UWA, both of which were available. It was noted that accurate data were currently unavailable on bequests and donation income due to coding difficulties. Despite efforts to encourage more UWA students to study overseas, more work was needed to address some of the possible reasons for students’ reluctance. Further information relating to Table RM2.2 (equity indices for the employment of female and culturally diverse staff) was requested in order to show total numbers, levels and promotion success rates. It was noted that this kind of information was available on the EIS. In terms of future process, the Vice-Chancellor advised that early in 2005 the University would commence the process for the preparation of the 2006 –2008 OPP. It was clear already that some targets would need to be revised upwards. Other targets would be amended if they were no longer thought appropriate. The Registrar advised also that work was being undertaken in 2004 to establish operational priority planning at the faculty level too; faculty targets would be used in future to inform University targets. With regard to targets which it appeared unlikely that the University would meet, consideration was being given to strategies to increase the likelihood of meeting them. For example, in respect of Higher Degree by Research enrolments, the University had conducted a review which had identified a number of strategies which were now being implemented by the new Dean of the Graduate Research School.

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The Chair thanked members for their contribution to the discussion, noting that their comments would be taken into account as part of the ongoing interactive process for adjusting the Plan and reporting on it. A further report on progress would be provided at the end of the year in preparation for the next Senate Seminar. AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES QUALITY AGENCY (AUQA) REPORT – REF F2092

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The report on the 2003 academic audit conducted by the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) had been received and circulated to members. The Chair noted that it was a very good report and he commended all those involved in the process. The Vice-Chancellor endorsed this view and emphasised a number of the very positive comments made in the summary of findings section. He made the following additional points:     The process of preparing for the audit and conducting a full self-evaluation had been the principal benefit; The process of using the report as leverage and additional impetus for matters the University wished to pursue internally would be useful; The University could also use elements of the report for external purposes in communicating and marketing the message about the quality of UWA; Some of the recommendations were very micro in focus and did not fully acknowledge that they originated from UWA.

44. The Vice-Chancellor also provided details as set out below of the process following receipt of the report:  As part of its own quality assurance process, AUQA would seek feedback from UWA on the audit process and its utility (concerns about the time gap between the audit and completion of the draft report would be raised with AUQA in this context); Approximately 3 to 4 months after publication of the final report, UWA had to submit an Action Plan outlining actions the University was or would be taking in response to recommendations (this would be co-ordinated by the University’s Quality Assurance Working Party); Approximately two and a half years after the report, UWA had to provide a progress report on actions taken and their effect, after which AUQA would produce a short report on progress for its website; Approximately five years later, depending on AUQA’s review timetable, AUQA would review the University’s responses as part of the lead-up to the next institutional audit.

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In the ensuing discussion the following main points were considered:  The report noted that morale among staff and student was high. This was based on interviews with staff designated by AUQA and casual conversations with other staff across campus during the audit visit where staff had indicated their support for and agreement with the University’s core values and strategic direction. One member advised that in his view morale was low. The Vice-Chancellor responded with information from the University’s Working Life Survey, the next version of which was due for submission to Senate shortly. This information showed that whilst staff had concerns about workload, over 80% agreed or strongly agreed that UWA was a good place to work. The report indicated that in some areas greater compliance with University procedures at the faculty level would be desirable. It was noted that several of the recommendations addressed this issue and that in 2004 the University’s Cycle of Planning and Accountability would be implemented at the faculty level. The ViceChancellor commented that in a devolved institution there was a need to strike the right balance between professional autonomy, central responsibility and accountability. The Chair of the Academic Board advised that a survey of the operation of committees at faculty and school level was being prepared in order to monitor practices at these levels. The reference in the summary to the lingering public perception that UWA was aloof, and the subsequent focus on this aspect of the report in a media article, was disappointing since the University was working hard on its relations with the community. It appeared that AUQA had based this comment on a 1998 marketing survey conducted by the University, the results of which the University had already acted on. AUQA had not spoken to community representatives. Anecdotal evidence suggested that prospective students did not share this view of UWA as an aloof institution. Recommendation 14 concerning improving postgraduate supervision and support was surprising. The text of the report enumerated a large number of positive efforts which the University had made to assist postgraduate students. The PSA President reported that postgraduate students appreciated the University’s efforts. It was noted that Government policy requiring shorter completion times put students under pressure.

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In concluding the discussion, the Chancellor noted that the University’s Action Plan would be brought back to Senate in due course.

45. 14. BACKING AUSTRALIA’S ABILITY 2 – HOW SHOULD UWA POSITION ITSELF?

Members were reminded that when the Senate Programme for 2004 had been approved, it was agreed that the following topic would e considered at the May meeting: Backing Australia’s Ability 2 – How should UWA position itself. A background paper prepared by the Pro Vice-Chancellor, (Research and Innovation) had been circulated with the agenda, together with relevant DEST fact sheets. At the invitation of the Chair, the PVC(R&I) introduced the topic, commenting that earlier in the year when the topic had been selected for discussion by the Senate, a more significant package of changes had been envisaged. However, BAA2 amounted essentially to a continuation of BAA to 2010-11, with only minor changes. By way of background, the PVC(R&I) provided members with an overview of BAA1 and the main initiatives announced in BAA2. He drew attention to the implications for UWA to explore as set out in his circulated paper. Finally, he presented information on comparisons between research income for UWA and a group of five other universities (Queensland, Melbourne, Sydney, UNSW and ANU). In the course of discussion the following main points were raised:  PhD students undertook a significant proportion of the research conducted n Australian universities. Adequate financial support for these students was essential. The University’s Dean of the Graduate Research School was also implementing a range of strategies to support research students. Although there was a view that distance might play a factor in securing grants, the PVC(R&I) did not believe that distance was a significant factor since the University had performed well in the latest NH&MRC round (administered in Canberra). He suggested that UWA might wish to focus on developing its regional presence, for example its relation with possible partners in Singapore. Distance, and therefore travel time to the eastern states, was significant for staff wishing to raise venture capital. The recent performance in ARC Discovery Grants was in many ways a factor of the number of grants submitted. Across the University, the rate of application was uneven. Although workload pressure might be a factor for some staff, this pressure was experienced across campus and did not correlate with the rate of applications for grants. The uneven rate of application across campus was self-reinforcing, as staff perceived that they would not be successful because their colleagues were not successful grant recipients. As proposed by the Vice-Chancellor and PVC(R&I), the University should focus on improving its relationship with CSIRO and hence its involvement in the National Flagships programme. The University might wish to explore introducing named internal research grants which staff could apply for and use as a stepping-stone to an external grant. The University might wish to explore introducing named internal research grants which staff could apply for and use as a stepping-stone to an external grant. The University should consider ways to re-motivate staff who were discouraged by a failed grant application. The University should provide input to discussions by the Premier’s Science Council on ways to fund research.

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46.   Infrastructure funding at the rate of 20 cents in the dollar was considered inadequate but, despite lobbying, the Commonwealth Government had not raised this level. With regard to recent media reports about the operation of university commercialisation offices, it was noted that the biggest challenge at UWA was to encourage staff to identify work which might be suitable for commercialisation. However, it had to be borne in mind that commercialisation was unlikely to generate sufficient funds to make a significant impact on the University’s overall budget position.

In conclusion the PVC(R&I) stated that in his view BAA2 had not provided any fundamentally new opportunities for UWA. The onus was now on the University to develop ways to harness the high quality of research conducted by its staff. In closing the debate, the Chair thanked the PVC(R&I) for his presentation and noted that the issues would be discussed further by the External Environment Committee as well as other fora within the University before being brought back to Senate at a later date. These discussions would assist the University to develop a strategic position in relation to BAA2. PROCESS FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF CO-OPTED MEMBERS – 06/12/001/001

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The Chancellor advised that Mr Alex Allan’s foreshadowed resignation in order to take up a position in the UK had prompted the development of notes on the process for the appointment of co-opted members to Senate. These notes had been tabled and in effect combined the current requirements of the Senate’s Standing Orders and the terms of reference for the Chancellor’s Committee. It was noted that the Chancellor’s Committee would need to take into account the National Governance Protocols in its consideration of appropriate nominations for Senate. RESOLVED - 75 to approve the notes on the process for the appointment of co-opted members to Senate. ….. (Secretary’s Note: These notes have been incorporated into the Senate’s Standing Orders. A copy is attached for Senate members to include in their Senate Handbook.)

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