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                         THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

      Minutes of the special meeting of the Senate held in the Senat e Room, University,
                       Nedlands on Monday, 23 June 2003, at 4.00 pm


PRES ENT:

The Chancellor (Dr K C Michael) in the Chair, the Vice-Chancellor and President (Professor D
M Schreuder, Mr A Allan, Dr S Baker, Dr S Bunt, Clinical Professor L A Cala, Mr P Clifton, Mr S
Ford, Ms G Gooding, Mr D Griffiths, Professor D Haskell, Mrs J Jones, Mr S Millman, Dr T I
Quickenden, Ms M Robinson, Mr L G Rowe, Ms E Smyth, Mrs C Tang, Mr M Zilko.

By Invitation: The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (P rofessor A Robson), the Pro Vice-Chancellor
(Community and Development ) (Professor M Seares), the Pro Vice-Chanc ellor (Research and
Innovation)(P rofessor R Owens ), the Executive Director (Finance and Resources) (Mr M L
Griffith), the Executive Director (Academic Servic es) and Registrar (Mr P W Curtis ), the
Director of Public Affairs (Mr C Campbell -Fraser), the Director, Legal Services (Mr K Heitman),
the Executive Officer, Vice-Chancellery (Ms E Nixon).

Mrs J Massey as Secretary.

APOLOGIES :

The Pro Chancellor (the Hon Justice C Wheeler), Professor C Praeger, student member elect
(Mr R Batchelor), the President of the Community & Public Sector Union (Mr J Wintle).


1.     DECLARATION OF INTEREST

The Chair invited members to declare interests in relation to any item on the agenda.
No interests were declared.


2.     MINUTES

RESOLV ED – 84

that the Minutes of the meeting held on 26 May 2003 be confirmed.


3.     ADMISSION TO DEGREES AND AWARD OF DIPLOMAS

RESOLV ED – 85

that the candidates named below be admitted to their respective degrees:

     Bachelor of Arts                              ..   Rebecca Mary CALL AGH AN
                                                        Nicola Juliet EDDINGTON
                                                        Joelene Lindsey MOORE
                                                        Alice Elizabeth NELSON
                                                        Poppy Jane WISE

     Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours     ..   Felena Jane ALACH
                                                        Rashan Nicole PURCELL

     Bachelor of Arts with Second Class Honours    ..   Ian Bruce LILBURNE
      (Division B)
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    Bachelor of Commerce                             ..   Nathan Lee AINSWORTH
                                                          Travis DUNLOP
                                                          Chih Hua Victor KWA
                                                          Thu Anh NGUYEN

    Bachelor of Computer and Mathematical            ..   Lili WIJATA
    Sciences
    Bachelor of Engineering                          ..   Hoa Le Quynh NGUYEN
                                                          Jen Hui TEO

    Bachelor of Engineering with Second Class        ..   Matthew Roland SCHNEIDER
     Honours (Division A)

    Bachelor of Engineering with Third Class         ..   Bruce Andrew LONERAGAN
    Honours

    Bachelor of Environmental Design                 ..   Adam John PAIKOS
                                                          Aaron TEO

    Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with          ..   Hannah PYPER
    Second Class Honours (Division B)

    Bachelor of Music                                ..   Vicki Leigh STANLEY

    Bachelor of Psychology                           ..   Scott MacGillivray BLEVINS

    Bachelor of Science                                   Pierre Julian GIUMELLI
                                                          Michael Francis MADIGAN
                                                          Fiona-Grace PEPPLER
                                                          Zane Alan RANDELL

    Bachelor of Science with Second Class            ..   Dylan Robert COLLINS
    Honours (Division A)                                  Joanne Nicole TONKIN

    Bachelor of Science with Second Class            ..   Lisa Jean EDENBURG
    Honours (Division B)

    Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Health         ..   Todd Edward TEAKLE
    Science)

    Master of Business Administration                ..   Cahyadi HERIANTIO
                                                          Swee Leong LIM
                                                          Wisnu Perdana TANURAHARDJA

    Master of Business Administration (Ad vanced)    ..   Made Sri YULIAWATI
                                                          Julia ZIVANOVIC

    Master of Clinical Audiology                     ..   Clifford John CASEY

    Master of Economics                              ..   Jiyoung YOON

    Doctor of Philosophy                             ..   Dean Adam BAKER

    Doctor of Philosophy with Distinction            ..   Andrew James CURRIE

RESOLV ED – 86

that the candidates named below be awarded their res pective diplomas:

    Graduate Diploma in Arts                         ..   Lyn Joanne MERRINGTON

    Graduate Diploma in Education                    ..   Lisa Ruth BROWN
                                                          Joanne Louise GRIFFITHS
                                                          Dale Peter MARSLAND

    Graduate Diploma in Human                        ..   Amy Joanne ROBERTS
     Resource Management
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       Graduate Diploma in Oil and Gas Engineering    ..   Bernardo MOYA

       Graduate Diploma in Public Health              ..   Jeffrey PINKHAM

RESOLV ED - 87

that Paul Charles Leslie GIBBS, having completed the requirements, be awarded the
Graduat e Certificate in Management.


4.       REP ORT OF THE MEETING OF THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE HELD ON 8 MAY 2003

4.1      Legislative Committee Constitution – Ref 06/04/011/043

RESOLV ED – 88

that the constitution of the Legislative Committee be amended as recommended.

4.2      The University of Western Australia Lands By-Laws – Consequential Changes to Part 2
         of the First Schedule – Ref 05/ 02/001/001

RESOLV ED – 89

that Part 2 of the First Schedule of the University of Western Australia Lands By -Laws be
amended to read as follows:

      “PART 2
      ...

      7 Fairway
      15. Portion of S wan Location 268 and being Lot 12 on Deposited Plan 31055 and being
      comprised in Certificate of Title Volume 2223, Folio 194.
      ...

      4 Broadway/1 Stirling Highway
      37. Portion of S wan Location 268 and being Lot 10 on Deposited Plan 31055 comprised in
      Certificate of Title Volume 2223, Folio 192.
      6-8 Broadway
      38. All that portion of S wan Location 268 and being Lot 251 on Plan 2948 comprised in
      Certificate of Title Volume 2029, Folio 371.
      Oral Health Centre Car Park
      Subject to the Governor’s consent being obtained in accordance with section 13(6) of the
      Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre Act and subject to the amendment of the Queen
      Elizabeth II Medical Centre (Delegated Site) By-laws 1986 to exempt the University’s
      employees, agents and visitors from complying with those By -laws.
      39. Portion of Reserve 33244 contained in Crown Land Title Volume 3121 Folio 686 as
      shown in red on the plans attached to a lease between The Queen Elizabeth II Centre
      Trust and The University of Western Australia execut ed on 26 October 2001.“

After a brief discussion, it was agreed that there should be no alteration to the practice
adopted by the Senate in 1994 of accepting Legislative Committee Reports without detailed
attachments except in the case of Statutes and any regulation amendments which the
Registrar considers significant and of interest to Senate. However, the Secretary undertook
to explore the option of making the attachments available to members via the Web rather than
on request to her office.
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5.     REPORT OF THE MEETING OF THE ACADEMIC COUNCIL HELD ON 4 JUNE 2003

5.1    New Courses and Change of Name of Existing Cours es

There was a brief discussion about the number of proposed new courses submitted to Senate
for approval. Members were advised that the majority of thes e were fee-paying postgraduate
courses designed to meet specific market needs. Some of them involved repackaging of
existing units into new courses. The one new undergraduate course was a combined course
for two existing single degrees.

It was not ed that final drafting of the rules relating to the new courses set out below would be
undertaken by the Legislative Committee as part of the standard process of
consideration/approval of Faculty Rules for 2004.

5.1.1 Faculty of Economics and Commerce – Renaming of Graduate Certificate in
      Management to Graduate Certificate in Business Administration – Ref F5216

RESOLV ED – 90

(i)    to approve the renaming of the Graduate Certificate in Management to the Graduate
       Certificate in Business Administration effective 2004;

(ii)   to approve the addition of the cours e to the Schedule to the Courses Regulations .

5.1.2 Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics – Renaming of Graduate Diploma
      and Master of Science (Computer Science) and transfer of administrative
      responsibilities – Ref F5195, F5201, F5347, F5348

RESOLV ED – 91

(i)    to approve the renaming of the Graduate Diploma in and Master of Science (Computer
       Science) to the Graduate Diploma in and Master of Computer Science and trans fer of
       administrative responsibilities to the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and
       Mathematics effective 2004;

(ii)   to approve a consequential amendment to the Schedule to the Cours es Regulations.

5.1.3 Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences – Renaming of Master of Science (Human
      Biology) to Master of Science (Anat omy and Human Biology) – Ref F3486

RESOLV ED – 92

(i)    to approve the renaming of the Master of Science (Human Biology) to the Master of
       Science (Anatomy and Human Biology) effective 2004;

(ii)   to approve a consequential amendment to the Schedule to the Cours es Regulations .

5.1.4 Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences – Introduction of Graduate Diploma in Science
      (Anatomical Sciences) and Graduate Diploma in Science (Human Biology) and
      rescission of Anatomy and Human Biology programme in the Graduate Diploma in
      Science – Ref F5195, F5075, F5349, F5350

RESOLV ED – 93

(i)    to approve the int roduction of a Graduate Diploma in Science (A natomical Sciences )
       and a Graduate Diploma in Science (Human Biology) in 2004;

(ii)   to approve the addition of the cours e to the Schedule to the Courses Regulations .
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5.1.5 Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics – Introduction of Graduate
      Diploma in Financial Mathematics and Master of Financial Mathematics – Ref F5351,
      F5352

RESOLV ED – 94

(i)      to approve the int roduction of a Graduate Diploma in Financial Mathemat ics and
         Master of Financial Mathematics in 2004;

(ii)     to approve the addition of the cours e to the Schedule to the Courses Regulations .

5.1.6 Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics – Introduction of Master of
      Engineering in Information and Communications Technology – Ref F5353

RESOLV ED – 95

(i)      to approve the int roduction of a Master of Engineering in Information and
         Communications Technology in 2004;

(ii)     to approve the addition of the cours e to the Schedule to the Courses Regulations.

5.1.7 Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry – Introduction of Graduate Diploma in Paediatric
      Rheumat ology – Ref F5354, F5077

RESOLV ED – 96

(i)      to approve the int roduction of a Graduate Diploma in Paediatric Rheumatology in 2004;

(ii)     to approve the addition of the cours e to the Schedule to the Course Regulations.

5.1.8 Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Scienc es – Introduction of Graduate Certific ate
      and Graduat e diploma in Arts and renaming of existing Graduate Diploma in Arts – Ref
      F5261, F5299. F5300

RESOLV ED – 97

(i)      to approve the int roduction of a Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Arts in
         2004;

(ii)     to approve the renaming of the current Graduate Diploma in Arts as the Graduate
         Diploma in Arts (Advanc ed);

 (iii)   to approve the consequential amendment to the course to the Schedule to the Cours es
         Regulations.

5.1.9 Combined cours e for the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies) and
      Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Commerc e – Ref F5307

RESOLV ED – 98

(i)      to approve the int roduction of a combined course for the degrees of B achelor of Arts
         (Communication Studies)/Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts (Communication
         Studies)/Bachelor of Economics in 2004;

(ii)     to approve the addition of the cours e to the Schedule to the Courses Regulations.
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6.    APPOINTMENTS, PROMOTIONS AND AW ARDS OF TENURE

Senate noted the following information on appointments, promotions and awards of tenure, in
accordance with Senate Resolution 274/00:

Promotion to Profe ssor

Associate Professor Lyle Noakes (School of Mathematics and Statistics)

Promotion to Associate Professor

Dr Kevin Judd (School of Mathematics and Statistics)
Dr Steffen Hagemann (School of Earth & Geographical Sciences)
Dr William Loneragan (School of Plant Biology)

Award of Tenure

Ms Fang Liu (Information Management & Marketing, School of Economics and Commerce)

Dean of Faculty

Professor Mark Bush (Engineering, Computing and Mathematics) commencing 1 June 2003.

Head of School

Dr Ian McArthur (School of Physics) from 1 March 2003 to 28 February 2005.


7.    ST CATHERI NE’S COLLEGE – NOMI NATI ON OF ACADEMIC STAFF MEMBER TO
      COUNCIL – REF 06/04/009/044

RESOLV ED – 99

that Associate Professor Diana Walker, School of Plant Biology, be the Senate’s nominee on
the St Catherine’s College Council for the period to 26 May 2006.

A member drew attention to the fact that St Catherine’s College was celebrating its 75th
anniversary.

RESOLV ED – 100

that the Senate convey its congratulations to St Catherine’s College on its 75th anniversary.


8.    GUILD ELECTORAL REGULATIONS – AMENDMENTS – REF 06/10/006/001

RESOLV ED – 101

that Guild Electoral Regulations be amended as recommended.


9.    REPORT OF THE VICE-CHANCELLOR AND P RESIDENT - REF 02/01/007/002

Members had before them the Report of the Vice-Chancellor and President dated 23 June
2003.

The Vice-Chancellor spoke briefly to his report drawing particular attention to the information
provided about new medical places for Western Australia. Although there were a number of
issues still to be resolved, the Vice-Chancellor emphasised that the increase in places was a
significant step towards addressing the medical needs of the State.
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The Vice-Chancellor congratulated Professor Mark Bush on his appointment as Dean of the
Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, and noted with pleasure that Premier’s
Book Awards had been won by Professor Richard Bos worth, School of Humanities, Associate
Professor Gail Jones, School of Social and Cultural Studies, Barbara Temperton, a UWA
Albany student and to Mark Greenwood and Frané Lessac for a UWA Press book. The Vice-
Chancellor also paid tribute to Mr Martin Griffit h who was attending his last Senate meeting
after many years of distinguished service to the University. The Chancellor endors ed this
tribute to Mr Griffith.

RESOLV ED - 102 (with acclamation)

that Senate thank Mr Griffith for his distinguished service to the University over many years.

Senate noted with pleasure the recognition given to members of the University community
through special awards, and honours in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

The Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor then provided members with a brief
progress report on legal proceedings concerning a member of staff. It was agreed that
Senate would be updated at its next meeting.

In concluding the item, the Vice-Chancellor and Chancellor advised that the rec ent
Universities meets Parliament function, which both had attended, had been highly successful,
generating a positive environment for raising awareness about higher education issues.


10.       REVIEW OF AUSTRALI AN HIGHER EDUCATION – REF F2977

Members recalled that at the Senate meeting on 26 May there had been initial discussion of
the Federal Government’s package of reforms as set out in “Our Universities – Backing
Australia’s Future” and that it had been agreed that progress reports would be brought to
Senate during the year.

The Vice-Chancellor provided the following main points of information for members:

          The reform package had brought higher education to the centre of social policy
           development in Australia.

          During the past few weeks individual universities had been calculating the effects of
           the package on their own institutions, assisted by data provided by DES T.

          The Government had begun to clarify some aspects of the package e.g. regional
           loading and workplace relations.

          The Labour Party was expected to announce next month its own pack age for higher
           education.

          The AVCC had published a response to the reform package, a copy of which had
           been provided to each Senate member.

          The sector had commenced negotiations with the Minister on a number of issues e.g.
           the international package, the restrictions on under- and over-enrolments, and
           compliance issues.

          The Go8 had also prepared a response to the reform package.

          At the state level, vice-chancellors had met with their respective premiers to discuss
           implications of the package and this topic would also be on the agenda for the next
           MCEE TYA meeting.

          Legislation to enable the Government’s package would be developed over the next
           couple of months and would hopefully be passed before the end of the year.
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          The package had been the subject of significant discussion across campus in a
           variety of forums.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor advised as follows:

          The 2004 admissions exercise would be difficult as it was expected that many
           deferred students would wish to enrol and, at the same time, the University would be
           trying to keep over-enrolments to a minimum. An increas e in entry cut-off scores was
           therefore likely.

          The University would be engaging a consultant to model equity and access
           outcomes.

          The University would need to make a case for its share of the new places.

          The University was exploring options in order to meet the propos ed workplace
           relations requirements.

Invited to report on recent discussions at the External Environment Committee, the Chair
noted that 2004 would be difficult for the University as the funding from the Nelson package
would flow through slowly. He stressed the importance of the University commissioning
someone to model equity and access issues. He drew attention to the tight timetable for the
introduction of the changes in 2005 and emphasised the need for the University to position
itself to take maximum advantage of the proposed package and any changes which might be
negotiated.

In response to queries raised, members were advised that:

          Staff attending the University Expo in August would be provided with brief written
           information on issues related to the reform package;

          The same TE R cut-off applied to all students entering in a particular year, including
           students with a deferred place.

The Chair thanked the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chair, External
Environment Committee for their reports and noted that progress reports would be provided
as a standing item on Senate agendas during the year.


11.       INTERNATI ONAL ISSUES

Members were reminded that when the Senate programme for the year had been approved, it
had been agreed that the current special meeting would be devot ed to a strategic discussion
of international issues based on the following topic:

“International issues – opportunities and threats in the current environment; the mark eting of
UWA to international students; the concept of globalised educ ation; and means of increasing
interaction between overseas partners and UWA”

The Dean, International Relations, Professor Paige Porter and the Director of the International
Cent re, Dr Bruce Mackintosh, had been invited to the meeting to give a joint presentation on
this topic. They had both provided papers which had been attached to the agenda, together
with information on the strategic context, corporate governance and performance in this area.

At the invitation of the Chair, both speakers highlighted the main issues raised in their papers
as follows:

Professor Porter
     Opportunities and threats in the current environment including the 2003 federal
       budget, West Australian policy issues, and the proposed UWA foundation
       programme;
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       International benchmarking including work undertaken with respect to Queen’s
        University in Kingston, the UK Research Assessment Exercise, and the top 200
        public and privat e universities in the USA;

       Attracting more international postgraduate students including consideration of the
        nature of UWA’s PhD degree and the construction of multiple modes of researc h
        degrees.

Dr Mackintosh
     Threats to the marketing of international education including SARS, terrorism, rising
       costs, and international and national competition;

       Opportunities in the marketing of international education including specific
        geographical areas of opportunity and general issues such as support for offshore
        alumni activities and the provision of student accommodation.

The Chair of the External Environment Committee commented that his Committee has
considered international issues at two recent meetings. Discussion at these meetings had
suggested the need for UWA to continue to consider its positioning in the market and the
benefits to be obtained from int ernational benchmarking and international collaboration.

In the ensuing discussion, the following main issues were raised:

       It was not expected that the free-trade agreement with the USA or the General
        Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (GA TT) would have major implications for higher
        education.

       Marketing in India had not been very successful to date mainly because Indian
        students tended to prefer destinations where scholarships were widely available and
        there was a good prospect of obtaining work after graduation.

       As a result of the Iraq war, the USA was likely to be less popular as a destination for
        students from the Middle East. Australia, in particular WA with its proximity and direct
        flights, should be able to take advantage of this. State government support in co-
        ordinating a collaborative approach by all the WA universities and TAFE would be
        helpful.

       Student accommodation issues needed to be addressed as every year it was difficult
        to find places in college for international students. The University needed to give
        further consideration to its relationship with the colleges. There might also be room
        for further discussion about accommodation with the independent schools in Perth
        with whom it was important to maintain good working relationships.

       A number of details concerning the proposed foundation programme had yet to be
        work ed out. The University already had in effect foundation programmes elsewhere
        but this would be the first one on campus. The programme was designed to provide
        further secondary school education and English language training for those seeking
        entry to the University. This would enable the University to recruit more widely with
        an increased profile. It was expected that the majority of students who successfully
        completed the programme would be admitted to UWA courses. A site for the
        programme had not yet been determined but it was expected that it would include
        student accommodation.

       With regard to benchmarking with local WA and Go8 competitors including some with
        more flexible admission requirements, it was noted that such benchmarking was
        undertaken but that each university’s circumstances and plans for future development
        were different and had to be taken into account in any comparisons made. At UWA
        the Senat e had endorsed the principle that entry standards for int ernational students
        should not be lower than those applied to local students. There was considerable
        market advantage with international students in being seen as a university with very
        high entry standards. Nonetheless, whilst positioning itself at the quality end of the
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        market, the University might wish to review its admission arrangements. It was noted
        also that quality of output as well as quality of input should form part of any
        discussion on this issue.

       Although still relatively small, the number of UWA students studying overseas for part
        of their cours e was increasing. The major barrier for students was cost. The
        University provided some support for thes e students and it was hoped that the loans
        available under the Nels on reform package would also be of assistance. It was
        important to convince students, staff and students’ parents of the value of overseas
        study.

       Some international students perceived Australian immigration legislation and visa
        processing proc edures to be discriminatory. This was an area where the University
        lobbied the Commonwealth Government and some improvements in transparency of
        visa processing procedures had been achieved.

The Chair thanked the two main speakers, Professor Paige Porter and Dr Bruc e Mackintosh,
for their excellent papers and valuable contribution to the Senate’s discussion in this area. He
also thanked the Chair of the External Environment Committee for his report. It was agreed
that the Senate discussion of this issue, together with the information provided by the
speakers, would provide a sound basis for the External Environment Committee to review
further the issues raised, with a view to reporting back to Senate in due course, possibly for
inclusion in the programme for the annual Senate seminar.


                                                       Confirmed




                                                                   CHA IR

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