THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Minutes of the ordinary meeting of the Senate held in the Senate Room, University,
Nedlands on Monday, 13 December 2004, at 4.00 pm
The Chancellor (Dr K C Michael) in the Chair, the Pro Chancellor (The Hon Justice C
Wheeler), the Vice-Chancellor (Professor A Robson), Clinical Professor L A Cala, Ms G
Gooding, Mr D Griffiths, Professor D Haskell, Ms N Hepburn, Dr A Howarth, Mrs J Jones,
Mr J Langoulant, Ms N Mast, Ms N Nugraweni, Professor C Praeger, Dr T Quickenden,
Mr L G Rowe, Ms E Smyth, Mrs C Tang, Mr M Zilko.
By Invitation: the Deputy Warden of Convocation (Mr J Fogarty), the Deputy Vice-Chancellor
(Professor M Seares), the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)(Professor D
McEachern), Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (Professor B Probert), the Executive Director
(Finance and Resources)(Ms G McMath), the Director of Legal Services (Mr K Heitman), the
Vice-President of the Academic Staff Association (Dr S Penrose), 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
Acting Executive Officer, Vice-Chancellery (Mr D Durack).
Mrs J Massey as Secretary.
Dr S Baker, Professor S Bunt, Ms S Byers, the Executive Director (Academic Services) and
Registrar (Mr P Curtis).
The Chair welcomed to their first meeting as members of Senate the new President of the
Guild of Undergraduates, Ms Natalie Hepburn and the elected student representative, Ms
Naomi Nugraweni. On behalf of Senate he congratulated Ms Natalie Mast on her re-
election as President of the Postgraduate Students’ Association and hence her continuation
as a Senate member for a further year.
The Chair also noted that it would be the last meeting of Senate for the outgoing Chair of
the Academic Board, Professor Dennis Haskell, and also for one of the elected academic
staff, Professor Cheryl Praeger. He thanked both members for their contribution. He drew
members’ attention to the fact that since the last Senate meeting in October, the terms of
office of two members had expired: the outgoing Guild President, Ms Susie Byers, and the
elected student representative, Mr Ryan Batchelor. He asked that Senate’s appreciation of
both members’ contributions be recorded in the minutes.
1. DECLARATION OF INTEREST
The Chair invited members to declare interests in relation to any item on the agenda. No
interests were declared.
RESOLVED – 154
that the minutes of the meeting held on 25 October 2004 be confirmed subject to Ms E
Smyth being recorded as an apology.
3. DECISIONS TAKEN FOLLOWING CIRCULATION
The meeting of the ordinary meeting of the Senate scheduled for 28 November 2004 was
cancelled due to lack of business. The following items were approved by circular:
3.1 Admission to Degrees and Award of Diplomas
RESOLVED – 155
that the candidates named below be admitted to their respective degrees:
Bachelor of Arts .. Vicki Lee ROLINSON
Katherine Lisa WILKINSON
Scott Damien WILLIAMS
Bachelor of Arts with Second Class Honours .. Brooke Anna HAMILTON
Bachelor of Arts with joint Second Class Honours .. Anita SCHNEIDER OLSTHOORN
Bachelor of Arts with Second Class Honours .. Samadhi AMI
Bachelor of Commerce .. Samuel John DEVINE
Mathew James O'HARA
TOK Loo Yee Cherlynn
Christopher Lachlan WIESE
Bachelor of Economics .. Marc Lucien ADAM
Bachelor of Engineering (Applied Ocean Science) .. Nadya MELIC
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture .. Tristan Rohan PEIRCE
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery .. Sarah Evelyn RICHARDSON
Bachelor of Science .. Conor Patrick DAY
Susan Elizabeth PENDLEBURY
David Lawrence WHITE
Bachelor of Science with Second Class Honours .. Lydia Suzanne Jane WINDSOR
Master of Business Administration .. Ming Xia CHEN
Ross Andrew COOPER
Hong Ge LU
David John NOORT
Leok Beng Charlie YAP
Master of Clinical Audiology .. Kay Hin SOON
Master of Educational Management .. WOO Chee Siang Steven
Master of Oil and Gas Engineering .. Nemorius Ajith Priyanka MADAPPULI
Master of Psychology .. Katherine Amy Rowell FRENCHAM
Doctor of Philosophy .. Anthony James DOULMAN
Katherine Amy Rowell FRENCHAM
Andrew Thornton HANCOCK
RESOLVED – 156
that the candidates named below be awarded their respective diplomas:
Graduate Diploma in Business Administration .. LEO Mei Yin May
Graduate Diploma in Education .. Andrew John THOMAS
David Lawrence WHITE
Graduate Diploma in Sports Manual Therapy .. Cheryl VALENTINE
3.2 Report of the Meeting of the Chancellor’s Committee – Ref 06/04/011/174
3.2.1 Senate and Committees Annual Performance Survey – Ref 06/12/001/007, F8168,
RESOLVED – 157
(i) to adopt as a principal topic for the Senate Strategic Directions Seminar to be held in
February 2005 the question of how the University should position itself in light of new
private tertiary education providers;
(ii) to adopt for 2005 arrangements for post meeting dinners, drinks and speakers as set out
in the circular dated 5 November 2004;
(iii) that the Senate annual performance survey be amended as set out in the Chancellor’s
(iv) that the Senate committee performance surveys be conducted on a biennial basis.
3.2.2 Electronic Attendance Policy
RESOLVED - 158
to adopt the following policy on electronic attendance for inclusion in Standing Orders:
1. Members are normally expected to be in physical attendance at meetings but in
exceptional circumstances when a member is not able to attend physically, and at
the discretion of the Chancellor, members may participate in the meeting for specific
items by electronic means.
2. The Chancellor must acknowledge the arrival and departure of electronic attendees.
3. Electronic attendance must be recorded as such in the minutes.
4. The means of electronic communication to be used is at the discretion of the Chancellor.
5. Except in exceptional circumstances, a member wishing to participate electronically
at a meeting must submit their request to the Secretary at least two working days
before the meeting.
6. Electronic attendees are expected to have read the agenda papers and to have
access to suitable electronic means for receiving tabled documents.
3.3 QEII Medical Centre Trust – Ref 06/04/008/036
RESOLVED - 159
to appoint the Executive Director, Finance and Resources, Ms Gaye McMath and
the new Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Professor I Puddey as
Senate’s nominees to the QEII Medical Centre Trust.
3.4 The Council of the National Trust of Australia (WA)
RESOLVED – 160
to appoint Mr Christopher Vernon as Senate’s nominee to the Council of the National Trust
of Australia (WA).
4. ADMISSION TO DEGREES AND AWARD OF DIPLOMAS
RESOLVED - 161
that the candidates named below be admitted to their respective degrees:
Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours .. Danielle Martine MASSON
Bachelor of Commerce .. David Barry LAZARUS
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery .. Lisa Anne YABLON
Bachelor of Science .. Joanna Christine FAWCETT
Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours .. James Robert WHEELER
Master of Business Administration .. Kok Yaw CHIAM
Elizabeth CHOONG Mei Yen
Scott Garner HUMPHRIES
Wei Ping Teresa LIM
SIM Wah Peng
Pang Yaw TAN
TANG Kok Wai
Master of Education .. Steven Jeffery MARTIN
Doctor of Philosophy .. Catherine Wilhelmina ARENDS
Doctor of Philosophy with Distinction .. Thanh Buu DUONG
David Martyn Llewellyn JOHNSON
RESOLVED – 162
that the candidates named below be awarded their respective diplomas:
Graduate Diploma in Education .. Grace Madelen PASTORINO
Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science .. Naji Arafat MAHAT
Maya Dolores MANNING
Graduate Diploma in Taxation Studies .. Stephen Robert McCLELLAND
RESOLVED – 163
that Alan Kian Lye CH'NG be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.
Award of Degrees Posthumously – Ref 01/03/005/003
RESOLVED - 164
(i) that the award of the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical & Electronic) with
honours be conferred posthumously on former student No 011719/1.
(ii) that the award of the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) with honours be
conferred posthumously on former student No (020674/8).
5. REPORT OF THE MEETING OF THE ACADEMIC BOARD HELD ON
17 NOVEMBER 2004
Emeritus Professors – Ref 02/13/003/004
RESOLVED – 165
that the title and privileges of Emeritus Professor be conferred upon the following:
Professor Winston Bailey
Professor Don Bradshaw
Professor Patricia Crawford
Professor John Tonkin.
6. REPORT OF THE ACADEMIC COUNCIL
6.1. Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences – Introduction of a specialised programme
Bachelor of Science (Science Education) – Ref F8480
RESOLVED - 166
(i) to approve the introduction of a Bachelor of Science (Science Education) with effect
(ii) to approve the addition of the course to the Courses Regulations.
6.2 Faculty of Education – Introduction of Master of Educational Psychology and Doctor
of Educational Psychology – Ref F9554, F9555
RESOLVED - 167
(i) to approve the introduction of a Master of Educational Psychology with effect from 2005;
(ii) to approve the introduction of a Doctor of Education Psychology with effect from 2005;
(iii) to approve the addition of the courses to the Schedule to the Course Regulations.
6.3 Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences - Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Engineering
– New Engineering Programmes – Ref F7882, F7883, F7884
RESOLVED – 168
to approve the introduction of new programmes in Offshore Engineering and Naval
Architecture, Petroleum Engineering and Process Engineering in the Bachelor of
Science/Bachelor of Engineering course with effect from 2005.
6.4 Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences – Change of Course Name – Graduate
Diploma in Science (Anatomical Science) and the Graduate Diploma in Science
(Human Biology) – Ref F5349, F5350
RESOLVED - 169
(i) to approve the proposal that the Graduate Diploma in Science (Anatomical Science) and
the Graduate Diploma in Science (Human Biology) be renamed the Graduate Diploma in
Anatomical Sciences and the Graduate Diploma in Human Biology with effect from 1
(ii) to approve a consequential amendment to the Schedule to the Course Regulations.
7. REPORT OF THE MEETINGS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE HELD ON 2
SEPTEMBER, 20 OCTOBER, 4 NOVEMBER AND 9 DECEMBER 2004
7.1 Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – University Choral Society Prize for
Music 111 and Music 112 – Rescission with a View to Conversion to a Prize with
Conditions – Ref F1648
RESOLVED – 170
that the regulations for the University Choral Society Prize for Music 111 and Music 112 be
rescinded with immediate effect with a view of their re-establishment of a prize with
7.2 Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics – Georgiou Group Prize in Civil
Engineering – Rescission – Ref F1813
RESOLVED – 171
that the regulations for the Georgiou Group Prize in Civil Engineering be rescinded with
7.3 Convocation, the UWA Graduates Association and Guild of Undergraduates Matilda
Award for Cultural Excellence – Ref F7015
RESOLVED – 172
that the regulations for the Convocation, the UWA Graduates Association Matilda Award for
Cultural Excellence be amended as recommended.
7.4 Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – Flora Bunning Travelling
Scholarship – Rescission with a View to Conversion to a Scholarship with Conditions
– Ref F7998
RESOLVED – 173
that the regulations for the Flora Bunning Tavelling Scholarship be rescinded with
immediate effect with a view of their re-establishment of a scholarship with conditions.
7.5 Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics – Faculty Undergraduate
Studentship in Engineering, Computing and Mathematics – Rescission – Ref F1097
RESOLVED – 174
that the regulations for the Faculty Undergraduate Studentships in Engineering, Computing
and Mathematics be rescinded with immediate effect.
7.6 Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry – Edward Arndt Fund – Ref F7995
RESOLVED – 175
that the regulations for the Edward Arndt Fund be amended as recommended with
7.7 Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences – Muriel and Colin Ramm Prize in Experimental
Physics – Rescission – Ref F5539
RESOLVED – 176
that the regulations governing the Muriel and Colin Ramm Prize in Experimental Physics be
rescinded with a view to their re-establishment as the Muriel and Colin Ramm Medal and
Scholarship in Experimental Physics.
7.8 Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences – Swan Brewery Prize in Agriculture –
Rescission– Ref 10/07/004/011
RESOLVED - 177
that the regulations for the Swan Brewery Prize in Agriculture be rescinded with immediate
7.9 Establishment, Amendment and Rescission of Regulations for Prizes and
RESOLVED – 178
that the regulations listed below be amended as recommended with immediate effect:
Gledden Trust Regulations
Robert and Maude Gledden Visiting Senior Fellowships
Barry Armour Memorial Award.
7.10 Student Conduct and Discipline – Ref 05/07/017/001
RESOLVED – 179
that the regulations for Student Conduct and Discipline be amended as recommended with
7.11 Guild Regulations – Ref 06/10/006/001
RESOLVED – 180
that Guild Regulation 811 be introduced to read as follows:
“811.(1) Each year, at its first meeting, the Guild Council must elect one of the Guild
Executive to the University Senate.
(2) Each member of Guild Council, in making their selection, must consider the following
qualities and other qualities that seem to be relevant:
An ability to contribute to the effective working of the Senate by having needed skills,
knowledge and experience;
An appreciation of the values of the University and its core activities of teaching and
research, its independence and academic freedom; and
The capacity to appreciate what the external community needs from the University.
(3) In the event that a sitting member of State of Federal Parliament is a member of the
Guild Executive that person is not eligible for nomination to the University Senate.”
RESOLVED – 181
that Guild Regulations 84, 200 and 218 be amended as recommended with immediate
7.12 Arthur Lovekin Prize in Journalism – Ref F2148
RESOLVED – 182
that the regulations for the Arthur Lovekin Prize in Journalism be amended as
7.13 The University of Western Australia Lands By-Laws – Amendment to Part 2 of the
First Schedule – Ref 05/02/001/001
RESOLVED – 183
that Part 2 of the First Schedule to The University of Western Australia Lands By-Laws be
amended as recommended to include Number 3 Clark Street in the Lands of the University
to which the By-Laws apply.
8. SENATE STANDING COMMITTEES
8.1 Meeting of the Audit and Review Committee – Ref 06/04/011/134
Members noted the minutes of the meeting of the Audit and Review Committee held on
18 November 2004 together with the Action Plan, prepared by the University, in response to
the 2003 audit of the University by the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA).
8.2 Meeting of the Development Committee – Ref F5564
Members noted the minutes of the meeting of the Development Committee held on 4
8.3 Meeting of the Strategic Resources Committee – Ref 06/04/011/168
Members noted the minutes of the meeting of the Strategic Resources Committee held on 7
December 2004. The following items were referred to Senate:
8.3.1 Rural Clinical School – Purchase of Student Accommodation in Derby – 2 Mimosa
Street, Derby – Ref F10664
RESOLVED – 184
to approve the purchase of 2 Mimosa Street, Derby, for the sum recommended by the
Committee, subject to Commonwealth funding being allocated.
8.3.2 Amenities and Services Fee for 2005 – Ref 4755
Members noted that under the terms of Statute 20, the University levied an annual
Amenities and Services Fee in accordance with the University of Western Australia Act and
that the Senate determined the amount of the fee, its distribution and the administrative
charge to be deducted.
Members had before them minutes and a recommendation from a meeting of the Strategic
Resources Committee where advice from the Registrar on the outcome of negotiations
between the Guild and Sport Association had been considered together with reports from
The new Guild President explained that the negotiations concerning the fee level had taken
place with members of the outgoing Council, some of whom had advocated a change n the
distribution percentages. However, after negotiation, the outgoing President had accepted
the current recommendation before Senate. The new Guild President asked that it be
noted in the minutes that a large proportion of the Guild expenditure which came under the
broad heading of administrative costs was used to provide specific services to students
rather than to cover overhead costs.
There was brief discussion about the level of administrative costs incurred in collecting and
distributing the fee. Summary information on the breakdown of the costs was provided
together with an assurance from the Vice-Chancellor that the process was carried out as
efficiently as possible. The comments made during discussion would be referred to the
Registrar on his return.
The Chair of the Audit and Review Committee noted that her Committee had discussed
issues concerning the way in which fee expenditure was accounted for. The Committee
would wait for the outcome of possible changes with regard to voluntary student unionism
(VSU) before considering the matter further.
RESOLVED – 185
(i) that the Amenities and Services Fee be increased (from $110 in 2004) to $120 in 2005;
(ii) that the distribution between the Guild and the Sports Association remain as in 2004 at
70%, 30% (after deduction of the administrative cost of collecting and distribution the fee);
(iii) that the total administrative charge in 2005 be $131,250, representing $85,000 in direct
administrative costs plus 5% for salary increases and the Australia Post charge of $42,000.
8.3.3 49-53 Hotham Parade, Artarmon, NSW – Ref 07/07/01/78/00
RESOLVED – 186
(i) that the consent of the Governor in Council be sought for the sale of 49-53 Hotham
Parade, Artarmon, New South Wales;
(ii) that subject to the Governor’s consent, the property be sold by Expression of Interest
for no less than the minimum price* recommended by Lend Lease Real Estate
(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.
* Recorded in Strategic Resources Committee Minute Book only.
8.3.4 Write off of Bad Debts – Ref 04/01/003/001
RESOLVED – 187
to approve the request that the amounts listed in the minutes of the Strategic Resources
Committee be written off.
9. 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 Peter Handford (Law School)
Associate Professor Michael Hobbs (School of Population Health)
Associate Professor Matthew Knuiman (School of Population Health)
Associate Professor Kevin Singer (School of Surgery and Pathology)
Promotion to Associate Professor
Dr Peter Eastwood (School of Anatomy and Human Biology)
Promotion to Senior Lecturer
Dr Anthony Bakker (School of Biomedical and Chemical Sciences)
Award of Tenure
Dr Rachel Cardell-Oliver (School of Computer Science and Software Engineering)
Mrs Eileen Thompson (Faculty of Economics and Commerce)
10. ANNUAL REPORTS
Members noted that the following Annual Reports had been received and could be read
either in the Chancellor’s Committee Room before the meeting or in the Vice-Chancellery
Nanostructural Analysis Network Organisation (NANO) Annual Report
Australian Neuromuscular Research Institute Annual Report
School of Economics and Commerce Annual Report
The University of Western Australia Library Annual Report
Women & Infants Research Foundation Inc Annual Report
Geraldton Universities Centre.
11. GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT FOUNDATION – DISSOLUTION AND
TRANSFER OF ASSETS FOR THE BUSINESS SCHOOL FOUNDATION – REF
RESOLVED – 188
to ratify the dissolution of the Graduate School of Management Foundation and the transfer
of its assets to the Business School Foundation for the purposes and benefits of the GSM.
12. END OF YEAR REPORT FROM THE WARDEN OF CONVOCATION – REF F1410
Members noted the end of year report from the Warden of Convocation which had been
provided in accordance with the Senate Programme for 2004.
13. SENATE STANDING COMMITTEES – ELECTION OF CHAIRS FOR 2005 – REFS
06/04/011/127, 06/04/011/152, 06/04/011/160, F2585
In view of the changes to Senate membership which formed part of the proposed
amendments to the University Act and which had been submitted to the Minister for
Education, the Chancellor suggested that it would be appropriate to appoint the current
chairs of the key Senate committees for a further year. The four Senate members
concerned had indicated their willingness to continue.
It was noted that the common provisions applying to the four key Senate standing
committees required each committee to elect a deputy chair from amongst its members at
the beginning of the year.
RESOLVED – 189
to re-appoint the following existing chairs of the key Senate committees for the period
1 January 2005 to 31 December 2005:
The Hon Justice Christine Wheeler - Audit and Review Committee
Mrs June Jones - Development Committee
Ms Erica Smyth - External Environment Committee
Mr David Griffiths - Strategic Resources Committee
14. SENATE STANDING COMMITTEES – ALLOCATION OF SENATE MEMBERS –
REFS 06/04/011/127, 06/04/011/152, 06/04/011/160, F2585
Members noted that it would be appropriate to maintain the current membership of the key
Senate Committees for 2005 as far as possible pending changes to the University Act. A
schedule of proposed membership for 2005 was attached to the agenda.
The Chair advised a minor amendment to the proposed schedule of committee membership
allocations as Mr J Langoulant had a standing commitment which would prevent him from
serving on the Audit and Review committee.
RESOLVED – 190
only ….. to appoint Senate members to the key Senate committees in accordance with the attached
15 SENATE PROGRAMME FOR 2005
Members were reminded that the principal topic for the Senate Strategic Directions Seminar
to be held on Monday 28 February was how the University should position itself in light of
new private tertiary providers. In addition, members were asked to advise the Secretary by
email by mid-January of suggestions for other topics for strategic discussion by Senate
during 2005. They were also invited to put forward what they considered to be the three most
pressing issues for the University so that these could be considered in the development of
the Senate programme for 2005. The Chancellor’s committee would meet in early February
to discuss the suggestions and issues submitted and make recommendations on the 2005
programme for the Senate to consider at the Seminar on 28 February.
16. DATES FOR GRADUATION CEREMONIES IN 2005 – REF 2294
Senate noted that at its meeting on 23 March 2004 it had resolved (R39) to approve the
dates for the 2005 Graduation Ceremonies. Senate also noted that in addition to the
approved dates it was now necessary to have three extra ceremonies. The dates of
Graduation Ceremonies including the additional ceremonies for 2005 were provided to
members as set out below:
Tuesday, 8 March
Wednesday, 9 March
Thursday, 10 March
Monday, 14 March
Tuesday, 15 March
Wednesday, 16 March
Thursday, 17 March
Tuesday, 22 March
Wednesday, 23 March
Monday, 12 September
Tuesday, 13 September
Wednesday, 14 September
Thursday, 15 September
17. APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – REF 06/04/011/100
Members were reminded that Clause 1.(2) of the Standing Rules of the Senate provides that –
“At its final meeting each year in December, the Senate shall appoint an Executive
Committee to deal with urgent and emergent matters prior to the special meeting of the
Senate in February of the following year”
RESOLVED – 191
to appoint the following as the Executive committee
The Pro Chancellor
The Chair of the Academic Board
The Chair of the Strategic Resources Committee
The President of the Guild of Undergraduates
18. REPORT OF THE MEETING OF THE HONORARY DEGREES COMMITTEE HELD
ON 23 NOVEMBER 2004 – REF 01/03/008/004
The Chancellor reported that the Honorary Degrees Committee had met on 23 November
to consider nominations for the award of Chancellor’s Medals at 2005 graduation
ceremonies. At the same meeting the Committee considered the offer of an honorary
doctorate. The Chancellor provided members with details of those recommended for an
award, on the understanding that these details would be kept confidential until the
individuals concerned had been contacted and advised acceptance.
RESOLVED – 192
(i) to approve the recommendations of the Honorary Degrees Committee on the award
of an honorary doctorate at the Graduation Ceremonies to be held in 2005;
(ii) to note the decisions of the Honorary Degrees Committee on the award of
Chancellor’s Medals at the Graduation Ceremonies to be held in 2005, subject to
verification by the Honorary Degrees Committee of details noted in discussion.
19. REPORT OF THE VICE-CHANCELLOR
Members had before them the Report of the Vice-Chancellor dated 13 December 2004.
At the invitation of the Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor spoke to his report. This report was
divided into two sections: a year in review, to which the new Strategic Directions brochure
was attached, and a report on the previous month’s activities and issues. With regard to
the latter, the Vice-Chancellor highlighted the agreement reached on new enterprise
bargaining agreements, the negotiations concerning the Callista Student Management
System, the recent publication of different university ranking systems, the University’s
recent success in the Australian Research Council (ARC) and National and Medical
Research Council (NHMRC) rounds, international student load figures, and the award of a
Rhodes Scholarship to David Knezevic and a Monash Scholarship to Ben Etherington. The
work of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) and his staff in improving the
University’s success rates in the ARC and NH&MRC rounds was acknowledged.
On the subject of university ranking systems, the Vice-Chancellor tabled a media article
which analysed the different criteria used in the various systems and their advantages and
disadvantages. The different systems produced variable results. The overall indication
though was that UWA’s performance rating was better than its reputation rating. There was
brief discussion about the effect of rankings on potential new staff and students, and on the
approach taken in other industries and countries to ranking systems. The Vice-Chancellor
indicated that this matter would be discussed further by the External Environment
Committee and reported to Senate in due course.
At the Vice-Chancellor’s request the University Lawyer briefed the Senate on the Vice-
Chancellor’s intention to seek an injunction restraining transfer of shareholdings by a former
employee in Sirtex. This would require the Vice-Chancellor to swear an affidavit supporting
the injunction and to sign an undertaking as to damages. Members expressed support for
the proposed action.
20. REVIEW OF THE YEAR’S ACTIVITIES – SENATE AND ITS MAIN COMMITTEES
20.1 Review of Committee Activities
Attached to the agenda were the reports of Senate Standing Committees on their priorities
for 2004 and objectives identified for 2005.
The Chair of each Committee spoke to their Committee’s written report. The following main
matters were discussed arising from these reports:
Fundraising plans for the new business school building were progressing well.
Discussion of the concept for the new business school building would take place at
the February meeting of the Strategic Resources Committee to which all member of
the Senate would be invited and from which a recommendation would be submitted
to the March Senate meeting.
Committee and Senate discussions had been enhanced by the excellent discussion papers
prepared by staff, in particular by the Registrar and the Director of Planning Services.
The proposed project on the potential impact on UWA of an aging population would
be scoped and funds sought from Senate Reserve for a demographer to prepare an
analysis for the University. In order not to delay the project, once scoped, a
proposal with an agreed cap probably not exceeding $20,000 would be discussed
with the Chair of External Environment Committee prior to being circulated to
Senate members for approval.
Further work arising from discussion in 2004 concerning a world-class resources
centre would be undertaken in 2005, with the outcomes reported through the
External Environment Committee to Senate.
Part of the role of the Strategic Resources Committee was to ensure that the
University’s assets were well used. In this connection, clarification was sought as
to the percentage of the Motorola building which was currently tenanted.
(Secretary’s Note: This figure was checked after the meeting and has been
confirmed as approximately 60% with an expected increase to 70% in 2005.)
A post-implementation review process for new developments such as the Motorola
Building and the new University Club would be useful but should be conducted
separately from the Strategic Resources Committee’s work as that Committee
would have been closely involved in the original development plans.
The Executive Director (Finance and Resources) provided an update on the
University’s interest in the Claremont campus.
UWA Press would benefit from a more prominent position, ideally on Broadway if
the opportunity arose.
The Chair thanked the four Chairs for their reports and work with their Committees during the year.
20.2 Review of Senate’s activities
The Chair drew attention to the comprehensive reports attached to the agenda which
summarised Senate’s progress against its priority objectives and also in terms of the principal
dimensions of its operations which reflected the Senate Charter. He noted that the reports would
provide useful background information for Senate when setting its programme for 2005.
It was agreed that the reports highlighted the value of setting priorities and a Senate
programme. There was also favourable comment about the leadership provided by the
Vice-Chancellor and other members of the Executive in initiating structured debate on
significant issues, supported by excellent background papers.
In drawing discussion to a close, the Chair thanked all members for their commitment and
input during 2005. He recognised also the valuable role played by the Executive, the
University Secretariat and the Senate observers, and he congratulated the Vice-Chancellor
on completion of his first year in that role. He concluded by wishing all present the
compliments of the season and a safe and happy New Year.
CHAIR / /