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University Research Committee

Purpose & Function

To advise the Academic Board and the Vice-Chancellor on research objectives and strategies, the University’s research performance, research and research training policy and practice and research degree programs.


Chair, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) Professor Leigh Sullivan
Associate Dean(s) Research (ADR's)Associate Professor Elke Stracke - Faculty of Education
Professor Roland Goecke - Faculty of Science & Technology (SciTech)
Professor Jennie Scarvell - Faculty of Health
Associate Professor Sora Park - Faculty of Arts & Design     
Dr Simon Niemeyer - Faculty of Business, Government and Law (BGL)
Member of Academic BoardVacant
Elected Academic Staff Member Associate Professor Ben Rattray
Directors of University Research Institutes Professor Janine Deakin - Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE)
Vacant - Director, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA)
Professor Rachel Davey - UC Health Research Institute (HRI)
Professor Gordon Waddington - Research Institute for Sport and Exercise
Dean, Graduate Research Distinguished Professor Jen Webb
Associate Vice-President, Innovation and Strategic Initiatives Vacant      
Director, Research and Innovation ServicesMs Milica Symul
Chairs of the  Sub-CommitteesProfessor David Pyne - Chair of the Animal Ethics Committee
Professor Peter Putnis - Chair of the Human Research Ethics Committee
Postgraduate Student Representative Vacant


  • Graduate Research Committee
  • eResearch Committee
  • Animal Ethics Committee
  • Human Research Ethics Committee

Schedule of Meetings 2020

Meetings will be held on Thursdays in the Council Room (10.00am to 12.30pm unless otherwise advised)

  • Meeting 20/1 - Tuesday 21 January 2020 (papers due 7 January) Clive Price Suite, 1C50
  • Meeting 20/2 - 5 March 2020 (papers due 20 February)
  • Meeting 20/3 - 7 May 2020 (papers due 23 April)
  • Meeting 20/4 - 9 July 2020 (papers due 25 June)
  • Meeting 20/5 - 3 September 2020 (papers due 20 August)
  • Meeting 20/6 - 22 October 2020 (papers 8 October)

Terms of Reference


Access to the University Research Committee minutes is restricted to University staff who will be prompted for their network username and password.

University Research Committee minutes are available in the Academic Board and Committees Portal.


For enquiries and papers please contact governance office at