Governance Level Principle - No. GLP12
|Relevant UTAS Ordinance and/or
Rule Reference No.
|Ordinance 13 Academic Senate, Ordinance 99 Academic Structure|
|Relevant State/Federal Govt.
|University of Tasmania Act 1992|
|Commencement Date||20 August 2005|
|Review Date||20 August 2009|
1. Statement of Context
The University has a long tradition of excellence in the creation, preservation, communication and application of knowledge and scholarship. The effective establishment and achievement of excellence in all areas of academic activity is critical for the University to achieve its mission and vision .
The objectives of this principle are to promote the establishment and achievement of excellence in all areas of academic activity at the University by:
- establishing high level priorities
- describing roles, responsibilities and accountabilities
The University will:
- in accordance with the principles, plans and policies approved by Council, offer courses, units and programs -
- which embody excellent academic standards
- for which it has the necessary expertise
- for which it has the necessary financial and other resources
- for which there is sufficient demand
- undertake research and provide research training and supervision so as to embody excellent academic standards
- provide the leadership necessary to ensure that all areas of academic activity at the University promote the strategies set out in the University Plan;
- establish, maintain and communicate appropriate quality assurance systems for all academic activities, including teaching, learning, research and community engagement;
- provide access to education and training for members of the University community to continually improve awareness, skills and knowledge to assist in the achievement and maintenance of excellence in all areas of academic activity.
Under the University of Tasmania Act 1992 the Academic Senate is responsible for advising Council on all academic matters within the University. The Academic Senate is the principal academic body of the University of Tasmania and shares the responsibility for maintaining the highest standards in teaching, learning and research with the Senior Management Team and the Heads of School.
Council delegates to Academic Senate the functions set out in Section 4 of Ordinance 13 (Academic Senate), and Academic Senate reports annually to Council on the exercise of these delegations. Academic Senate and the Pro Vice-Chancellors will also provide regular reports to Council on the status of teaching, learning and research in the University.
The Vice-Chancellor has responsibility for the implementation of the Academic Standards Principle and for the development and implementation of supporting policies, plans and procedures. The Pro Vice-Chancellors, the Deans of Faculty and the Heads of School also have responsibilities in this area.
All members of the University community are responsible for undertaking their University activities in ways that support this principle and related policies, plans and procedures.
Council, after consultation with Academic Senate where appropriate, approves principles, plans and policies relating to academic standards. Academic Senate, the Pro Vice-Chancellors, the Deans of Faculty and the Heads of School will oversee and provide regular reports to Council on quality assurance of teaching, learning and research and will monitor and provide regular reports to Council on outcomes including regular, formal reviews of academic programs and organisational units. Council is also responsible for over-viewing the performance of the University with respect to the establishment and achievement of standards of excellence in all areas of academic activity.
The University of Tasmania is committed to continuing its long tradition of excellence in the creation, preservation, communication and application of knowledge and to scholarship that is global in scope, distinctive in its specialisations and reflecting the distinctiveness of Tasmania. The University will provide leadership within its community, contributing to the cultural, economic and social development of Tasmania.
By 2010 the University of Tasmania will be ranked among the top echelon of research-led universities in Australia. The University will be a world leader in its specialist, thematic areas and will be recognised for its contribution to state and national development. As Australia's ‘natural choice for study' UTAS will be supported by its high-quality academic community, its unique island setting and its distinctive student experience.
Approved by Council on 19 August 2005
Reviewed 1 December 2006