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The University of Tasmania is a statutory corporation, continued under the University of Tasmania Act 1992, governed by University Council chaired by the Chancellor and assisted by Academic Senate and a number of other committees.

A Governance Instruments Framework provides guidance and accountability in decision-making under the Act.

Ms Alison Watkins AM

Chancellor of the University of Tasmania

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University Council

University Council is the governing authority of the University and is required to act in all matters of the University in the way it considers will best advance the interests of the University.

Find out more about the university council

Academic Governance

Academic Senate is the principal academic body of the University and has a broad role in academic decision-making and providing advice on academic matters.

The University of Tasmania Act 1992 establishes an Academic Senate with the legislated function to advise University Council on all academic matters relating to the University.

University Council has delegated additional selected functions and powers to Academic Senate, alongside advising University Council on maintaining the University’s academic standing, fostering collegiality, and supporting the engagement of academic colleagues.

Academic Senate meets six times per year.  For further information, contact generic email or (for University staff only) the Academic Senate intranet site. (MO: if this is only available to staff maybe we should publish this in the staff intranet instead)

The Academic Senate's statutory authority in academic matters within the University has been elaborated in the Academic Senate Ordinance (PDF 191.3 KB). The Ordinance prescribes that the role of Academic Senate is to:

  • Approve awards and determine the qualifications required of a candidate before they may be admitted to an award
  • Provide academic oversight of the quality of teaching, learning, research and research training
  • Monitor institutional benchmarks for academic quality and outcomes and monitor initiated actions to improve performance
  • Monitor and provide competent advice to the University Council and management on academic matters, including advice on academic outcomes, policies and practices, and the quality of teaching, learning, research and research training
  • Monitor and review academic policies and procedures and their effectiveness
  • Provide feedback on substantial changes to academic delegations and the effectiveness of the academic delegations structure.
  • Maintain oversight of academic and research integrity, including monitoring of potential risks
  • Critically evaluate the quality and effectiveness of educational innovations
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of institutional monitoring, review and improvement of academic activities
  • Ensure students have opportunities to participate in academic governance.

Academic Senate committees assist and advise Academic Senate in ensuring the maintenance of the highest standards and quality in teaching, scholarship and research in the University of Tasmania. Academic Senate has established the following committees:

  • University Learning and Teaching Committee
  • Student Experience Committee
  • University Research Committee.
  • University Admissions Committee
  • University Course and Unit Proposals Committee
  • Standing Academic Committee
  • Nominations Committee.

Membership of Academic Senate comprises the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Dean of Graduate Research, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Aboriginal Leadership), Executive Deans, Heads of Schools and academic areas, student representatives from the Tasmanian University Student Association (TUSA), chairs of Academic Senate committees and elected academic staff members, among others.

The Academic Senate elects its own Chair and Deputy Chair.  The current Chair is Professor Natalie Brown, and the Deputy Chair is Associate Professor Kristyn Harman

A full list of ex-officio, elected and appointed members, and observers follows.

  • Vice-Chancellor
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International)
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Principal, University College or nominee
  • Executive Deans of Colleges and the Dean of Graduate Research
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Aboriginal Leadership)
  • Heads of Academic Units
  • Chairs of Academic Senate Committees
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Senior Representative from the Division of Future Students
  • Executive Director, Student Experience
  • President, Tasmanian University Student Association (TUSA) and three additional student representatives as nominated by the President, TUSA
  • Chair
  • Deputy Chair
  • Research Fellow
  • Members of Academic Staff: 16 members elected by the Colleges of Arts, Law and Education, Health and Medicine, Sciences and Engineering and Business and Economics (4 elected by each College), 2 members elected by the University College, 1 member of Academic Staff from central organisational units not aligned to a College, elected by the Academic Staff of the University
  • The Chair may appoint an Associate Chair
  • With the agreement of Senate, the Chair may appoint up to 4 additional members to provide a diversity of views if the Chair believes the current membership of the Senate does not reflect the academic and cultural diversity of the University.
  • Dr David Taylor (Office of the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor)
  • University Librarian
  • Vice Chancellor's Envoy (Europe)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (International)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Launceston)
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Cradle Coast)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Southern Transformation)
  • Director, Academic Quality and Standards
  • Associate Deans Learning and Teaching Performance
  • Associate Deans Research Performance

Governance Instruments Framework (DRAFT)

Our governance instruments framework provides guidance and accountability in decision making under the University of Tasmania Act 1992, our governing Act. The University’s governance instruments are the University By-laws, our ordinances and policies supported by procedures which are automated through systems wherever possible. All of our instruments are consistent with legislation and other compliance and regulatory requirements.

Find out more about the governance instruments framework

University Grievance Procedures

Advice on Grievance Procedures for the General Public can be sought from the Ombudsman Tasmania and, where relevant, Equal Opportunity Tasmania.

Student Grievance Procedures are made through the Safe and Fair Community Unit

Staff Grievance Procedures are set out in the current University Staff Agreement

Annual Reports

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