Research and Research Training Committee

Research and Research Training Committee

The Research and Research Training Committee (RRTC - the Committee) is responsible for working with the Academic Senate, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and the Executive Deans of Faculty on matters of research and research training.

The Committee replaced the Higher Degree Research Committee (HDRC) and commenced meeting in August 2016.  For access to historical agendas and minutes of the HDRC, please contact the Higher Degree Research Office.

Terms of Reference

Approved by Academic Senate 21 February 2017

The Research and Research Training Committee (RRTC - the Committee) was established by the Academic Senate of Macquarie University (the University) on 6 October 2015 under Rule 9(4)(c) of the Academic Senate Rules 2016, and is directly responsible and accountable to Academic Senate for the exercise of its responsibilities.  The terms of reference were approved by Academic Senate at its meeting of 24 May 2016.

This Terms of Reference sets out the objective, role and responsibilities, tenure, authorisations and rules of operation of the Committee.

1. Objective

The Committee is responsible for advising Academic Senate on research and research training matters. The Committee will also engage broadly with the University community to identify and respond to emerging research challenges and to promote excellence in research and research training.

2. Role and responsibilities

The Committee is to:

  1. Advise Academic Senate on:
    1. External regulatory requirements, and their alignment with the University’s policies and procedures with respect to research activities and research training programs;
    2. Research initiatives and research training programs, such as those that support the implementation of the Strategic Research Framework and achievement of the 2024 research targets;
    3. The activities of Faculties and Offices that support the University's research activities and research training programs;
    4. The implementation of the Macquarie University Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, ethics policies and other legislative frameworks both internal and external;
    5. The evolving risk profile of the University’s research activities and research training programs and on measures to effectively manage those risks; and
    6. National and international trends in the development of performance indicators for research.
  2. Identify the need for new and review existing University policies governing research, activities research training and intellectual property and recommend required action to Academic Senate (under Academic Senate rule 11(1)).
  3. Oversee the requirements of admission, supervision, academic progress and assessment for higher degrees by research;
  4. Advise on the establishment, review, revision or termination of higher degree research (HDR) programs and joint programs, and award rules;
  5. Receive and consider matters referred to it by its Thesis Examination Subcommittee; and
  6. Consider and report on any matters referred as required.

3. Membership

In accordance with Clause 22 of the Standing Orders for Committees of Academic Senate, the Committee shall have a membership, which comprises:

  • The Chair of the Committee, appointed by the Chair of Academic Senate; 
    • Professor Sakkie Pretorius
  • The Deputy Chair of the Committee;
    • Vacancy
  • The Chair or Deputy Chair of Academic Senate
    • Professor Jacqueline Phillips
  • Up to five (5) ex-officio members, nominated by the Chair:
    • Pro Vice-Chancellor Research (Integrity & Development) - Professor Lesley Hughes
    • Pro Vice-Chancellor Research (Performance & Innovation) - Professor Peter Nelson
    • Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor (Higher Degree Research Training and Partnerships) - Associate Professor Judi Homewood
    • Director, Research Office - Louise Fleck
    • Acting Director, HDR Office - Associate Professor Judi Homewood
  • The Executive Dean or their nominee of each Faculty:
    • Faculty of Arts - Professor Martina Möllering
    • Macquarie Business School - Professor Stephen Brammer
    • Faculty of Human Sciences - Professor Simon Handley
    • Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Medicine and Health and Executive Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences - Professor Patrick McNeil
    • Faculty of Science and Engineering - Professor Barbara Messerle
  • One (1) member nominated by the Faculty Board of each Faculty who is research active;
    • Faculty of Arts - Professor Robert Reynolds
    • Macquarie Business School - Professor Lorne Cummings
    • Faculty of Human Sciences - Professor Amanda Barnier
    • Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences - Professor Roger Chung
    • Faculty of Science and Engineering - Professor David Coutts
  • Up to three (3) elected members of Academic Senate who are research active;
    • Associate Professor Adam Dunn
    • Dr Nicole Matthews
    • Professor Rebecca Mitchell
  • Up to two (2) Early Career Researchers, nominated by Academic Senate; and
    • Dr Mauricio Marrone
    • Dr Milena Gandy
  • At least two (2) student members, including the Postgraduate Research student representative on Academic Senate and one additional student member nominated by Academic Senate.
    • Sayantani Chatterjee
    • Emre Ilhan

The Chair may invite staff with specialist knowledge and expertise to attend Committee meetings.

4. Tenure

  1. The term of appointment of all members, shall be two (2) years.
  2. The Chair of Academic Senate may renew any such term of appointment, in consultation with the Academic Senate Standing Committee.

5. Authorisations

The Academic Senate shall, from time to time, resolve to grant the Committee specific authorisations to discharge its delegated responsibilities. The Committee may request the granting of such authorisations as it sees fit. All such authorisations shall be documented in this Terms of Reference.

  1. Determine that the requirements for a research higher degree have been met on the advice provided by its Thesis Examination Subcommittee; and
  2. Approve the award of Vice-Chancellor Commendation for HDR theses on the advice provided by its Thesis Examination Subcommittee.

6. Rules of operation

The Committee shall conduct its business subject to the Standing Orders for Committees of Academic Senate.


(As at 11 March 2019)

  • Professor Sakkie Pretorius (Chair)
  • Professor Amanda Barnier
  • Professor Stephen Brammer
  • Sayantani Chatterjee
  • Professor Roger Chung
  • Professor David Coutts
  • Professor Lorne Cummings
  • Associate Professor Adam Dunn
  • Louise Fleck
  • Dr Milena Gandy
  • Professor Simon Handley
  • Associate Professor Judi Homewood
  • Professor Lesley Hughes
  • Emre Ilhan
  • Professor Patrick McNeil
  • Dr Mauricio Marrone
  • Dr Nicole Matthews
  • Professor Barbara Messerle
  • Professor Rebecca Mitchell
  • Professor Martina Möllering
  • Professor Peter Nelson
  • Professor Jacqueline Phillips
  • Professor Robert Reynolds
Back to the top of this page