THE CONSTITUTION OF CoACT
This Constitution is the Constitution of the Macquarie
University Centre of Australian Category Theory (CoACT)
which is associated with the Division of Information and
Communication Sciences at Macquarie University.
To pursue vigorously our research into those parts of
mathematics and computer science which find natural expression
and advancement in terms of Category Theory and to train
the highest quality research students.
To advance significant research into Category Theory
To advance significant applications to other branches
of mathematics, physics and computer science.
To attract as Research Fellows the top recent PhDs
in Category Theory and in perceived areas of application.
To hold an active weekly Australian Category Seminar
in conjunction with other Sydney universities.
To collaborate productively with Category Theorists
at the University of Sydney.
To actively interact with the international mathematical
community by accepting invitations to speak and join
the scientific organizing committees of conferences,
communicating electronically, refereeing and reviewing
articles for international journals, travelling, and
hosting Visiting Scholars at Macquarie.
To train high-quality graduate students.
To interact with industry.
To attract external and internal research funding.
The Director shall be appointed by the Vice-Chancellor,
after consultation with the Head of the Division of
Information and Communication Sciences, for a period
of five years or agreed lesser period. The Director
will be eligible for reappointment for a further term
or terms, each of up to five years.
The Director will be responsible to the Head of
the Division of Information and Communication Sciences
for the day-to-day management, administration and
direction of the Centre's activities on the Macquarie
Associate Directors of the Centre may be appointed
by the Vice-chancellor, after consultation with the
Head of the Division of Information and Communication
Sciences, from among the academic staff members of
The period of appointment of Associate Directors
shall, where appointed, be three years (renewable).
Members of the University academic staff may apply
to the Director to become members of the Centre. Members
shall demonstrate their commitment to achieving the
Centre's objectives by contributing to the work of
Additional academic and general staff appointed
and funded from the Centre's resources shall also
be members of the Centre, in addition to those staff
covered by 6.1.
There shall be an Advisory Board, to advise the
Director of the Centre, which shall have responsibility
for overseeing the academic activities of the Centre
and which shall provide advice on long term strategies.
Such a Board will comprise:
The Vice-chancellor of Macquarie University,
or her nominee
The Director of CoACT
All Associate Directors of CoACT
The Head of the Division of Information and
Up to three other persons interested in the
objectives of CoACT. Such persons shall be invited
by the Vice-chancellor to become members of the
Advisory Board. These members shall be from outside
the Centre and the Division of Information and
Communication Sciences and should include a person
or persons from outside the University. Such persons
shall serve for an initial period of two years
The Advisory Board shall be chaired by a member
elected from among its members, other than the Director.
The Advisory Board shall meet not less than twice
At any meeting of the Advisory Board, a majority
of the total number of members for the time being
of the Board constitutes a quorum.
Notice of meetings shall be circulated to members
of the Advisory Board at least seven days in advance
of the date of the meeting.
The Director of the Centre, acting by delegation
from the Head of the Division of Information and Communication
Sciences, shall be responsible for the management
of the finances of the Centre pertaining to its activities
on the Macquarie campus, including the budgetary management
and control of expenditure of resources made available
annually from the University's recurrent budget to
the Division of Information and Communication Sciences
specifically for the operation of the Centre.
All monies received by, or on behalf of, or as a
result of, the activities of the Centre at the Macquarie
campus shall be paid directly to the Chief Financial
Officer and Bursar of Macquarie University to be expended
on the recommendation of the Director for the promotion
of the objectives of the Centre. Macquarie University
shall hold and invest the funds of the Centre alone
or in connection with other monies in any manner or
mode of investment as may be prescribed by its By-laws.
A brief Annual Report shall be submitted by the Director
to the Council of Macquarie University after the end of
each calendar year.
REVIEW OF THE CENTRE
The Director shall initiate a review of the Centre six
months prior to the completion of the approved term of
office. The review will be conducted by one of the Deputy
Vice-Chancellors, with appropriate external assessors.
The continuation of the Centre shall be determined by
Council following consideration of the report of the review
by the Academic Policy and Planning Committee and the
ALTERATIONS TO THE CONSTITUTION
This Constitution may be added to, amended or repealed
by resolution of the University Council having considered
any such recommendations placed before it by the Vice-chancellor
following advice from the Director and the Advisory Board.