At the University of Canberra, a ‘discipline’ is an organisational grouping of staff engaged in teaching and research in a recognisable branch of learning at the sub-faculty level. The grouping will possess sufficient critical mass to warrant official identification and performance monitoring.
In order for a discipline to be established and recognised as an official sub-group within the University:
- It will possess a minimum total teaching EFTSL of 100;
- It will engage a minimum of 5 FTE academic staff who identify with the discipline;
- Academic staff will be engaged in research related to the branch of learning; and
- Higher Degree Research students will be enrolled and supervised by staff within the discipline.
Where an organisational grouping does not meet the above criteria, a discipline might still be established taking into account the following considerations:
- The proposed discipline’s course load is significant but taught mostly elsewhere;
- The proposed discipline possesses strong research outputs which compensates for a relatively small teaching load;
- The proposed discipline is an area with professional accreditation and/or strong industry engagement; or
- The proposed discipline is in an establishment period (it is anticipated that new disciplines will be given three year establishment periods).
At the University of Canberra, a ‘school’ is a management structure which sits below the level of the faculty. A school will often consist of several disciplines, except where there is an advantage in utilising the term ‘school’ for external communication (e.g. the School of Law).
In order for a school to be established and recognised as a management structure within the University:
The Role of Head of Discipline / Head of School
- It will possess a minimum total teaching EFTSL of 250 which may be a combination of related disciplines or one larger discipline;
- It will engage a minimum of 10 FTE academic staff;
- Academic staff will be engaged in research related to the school;
- Higher Degree Research students will be enrolled and supervised by staff within the school; and
- There will be external value to industry or key stakeholders justifying the designation.
A faculty may choose between appointing Heads of Discipline or Heads of School (HoD/HoS); both levels of management will not be supported within one faculty, unless approved by the Vice-Chancellor.
The HoD/HoS role is to support the Faculty Dean in the development, management, administration and marketing of disciplines. A position description is provided in Annexure 1.
Where possible, appointments to HoD/HoS roles will be made at Level D or above; there is an expectation that any HoD or HoS will lead the teaching and learning as well as the research activity of the Discipline/School.
The following changes to a discipline or school will require approval by the Vice-Chancellor at VCG, following Faculty Board and/or significant Faculty consultation:
- The introduction of a new discipline or school;
- The closure of a discipline or school; or
- A discipline or school name change.
Notice of approved discipline changes should be provided to SMG in a timely manner to ensure corporate systems and reporting are updated appropriately.