Student Experience committee

Student Experience committee

The Standing Committee on Student Experience is responsible for reporting and making recommendations to University Council on the overall experience of all Macquarie University students.

Terms of Reference

Version 2 - Approved by Macquarie University Council 9 April 2015

1. Purpose of Committee

1.1 To report and make recommendations to Council on overall student experience.

2. Authority and scope

2.1 The Committee has no delegated authorities.

3. Membership and term of office

3.1 Ex-officio Membership

  • Deputy Chancellor*
  • A minimum of one member of Council
  • DVC Students and Registrar
  • DVC Academic
  • Director Campus Life
  • Director Student Wellbeing
  • Deputy Registrar
  • Dean Higher Degree Research
  • Director, Learning and Teaching Centre
  • University Council student representative
  • University Librarian

Non Ex-officio Membership

  • 2 student representatives elected by the current Student Advisory Board membership
  • 2 external members by invitation

Where a position is not specified, Committee Members will be appointed by Council.

3.2 Chair of Committee

3.2.1 The Committee Chair is the Deputy Chancellor.

3.3 Term of Office

3.3.1 Non ex-officio members are appointed for a two-year term.

4. Responsibilities

4.1 Review key internal/external metrics that inform planning and resource allocation for the student experience;

4.2 Receive and respond to issues relating to student experience referred by Council and relevant student bodies;

4.3 Benchmark University outcomes and metrics against a number of Sydney based, national and international universities; and

4.4 Provide reports to Council on outcomes of interventions and strategies to enhance student graduate outcomes and the overall student experience.

5. Administrative arrangements

5.1 Meetings

5.1.1 The Committee shall meet at least three times per year, and as required.

5.1.2 Meetings may be held using any form of technology that is approved by Council for Council meetings.

5.1.3 The majority of the members is the quorum.

5.2 Secretarial support, Agendas and Minutes

5.2.1 The University will provide a secretary for the Committee.

5.2.2 Agendas will be approved by the Chair and circulated to Committee members at least one week prior to the meeting.

5.2.3 A request for consideration of an Agenda item by circular resolution requires the approval of the Chair.

5.2.4 Approval of an Agenda item by circular resolution requires majority approval of members. In the event of a split decision the Chair will have the casting vote.

5.2.5 Draft Minutes of Committee meetings will be circulated to Committee members for comment and review within ten working days of the date of the meeting of which they are a record.

5.3 Committee powers

5.3.1 In exercising its responsibilities under section 5, the Committee may require the production and submission of reports, documents, advice and other additional material as is deemed necessary.

5.3.2 The Committee shall have such resources as are necessary to ensure it can undertake its responsibilities in a timely, independent and efficient manner.

5.4 Conflicts of interest

5.4.1 Committee members must declare any conflicts of interest at the start of each meeting in relation to any item for discussion.

5.5 Reporting requirements

5.5.1 Minutes of the Committee meetings will be reported to Council at the next meeting.

6. Review

6.1 At least once a year the Committee will review its Terms of Reference.

7. Version history

7.1 Approval authority

7.1.1 Council

7.2 Version 1 date

7.2.1 10 April 2014

7.3 Subsequent versions

7.3.1  9 April 2015


(as at October 2015)

  • Elizabeth Crouch (Chair and Deputy Chancellor) - ex officio *
  • Greg Jones
  • The Hon Sandra Nori
  • Deidre Anderson
  • Professor John Simons
  • Kim Guerin
  • Darren Peters
  • Jonathan Wylie
  • Professor Nick Mansfield
  • Professor Ian Solomonides
  • JoAnne Sparks
  • Kieren Ash
  • Alistair Booth

* The Chancellor and Deputy Chancellor are members of the committee by virtue of their office, in accordance with the provisions of Section 21 of the Macquarie University By-Law 2005.

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