The University of Western Australia

Governance

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  • Strategic Directions
  • Executive

Annual Reports

The Annual Report summarises the University's activities over the previous year. It is an official report on its operations, statistical profile, financial statements and performance indicators.

 

The University was established under, and is governed by, the University of Western Australia Act 1911.

  1. Senate
  2. Officers of the University
  3. Academic Board
  4. Faculties
  5. Convocation
  6. Structure

Senate

The Senate is the University's governing body, empowered with the authority to make statutes, regulations and by-laws as detailed in the University Calendar. Standing committees of the Senate meet regularly and make recommendations to the Senate on relevant matters.

The Senate consists of 21 members:

  • four appointed by the Governor
  • four elected by Convocation
  • three elected by and from the academic staff of the University
  • one elected by and from the general staff of the University
  • one elected by and from the membership of the Academic Board
  • two elected by and from enrolled students of the University
  • one elected by and from the Postgraduate Students' Association
  • three co-opted members
  • the Chancellor—ex officio
  • the Vice-Chancello—ex officio.

All elected, appointed and co-opted members other than the students have four year terms, and may serve for no more than twelve years.

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Officers of the University

Chancellor
Dr Michael Chaney AO CitWA, BSc MBA Hon.LLD W.Aust., FAICD
Pro-Chancellor
Penelope Ruth Flett AO, MB BS Adel., DGM, FRACMA, AFCHSE, CHE, FAIM

The Chancellor and the Pro-Chancellor are elected by Senate for a four-year term either from among its members or from elsewhere. The Chancellor is the chair of the Senate. The Pro-Chancellor acts in the Chancellor's absence. Both positions of Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor are honorary.

The Executive

The following officers comprise jointly what is known as the Executive:

Vice-Chancellor
Professor Paul Johnson, MA DPhil Oxf., AcSS
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Professor Dawn Freshwater, BA Manc., PhD Nott., FRCN, RN
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)
Professor Alec Cameron, BSc BE Syd., MSc New York, DPhil Oxf.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Professor Robyn Owens, BSc W.Aust., MSc DPhil Oxf., FACS, ATSE, GAICD
Registrar and Executive Director Corporate Services
Peter Curtis, BA CNAA
Chief Operating Officer
Gaye McMath, BCom MBA Melb., FCPA, FAICD

Other principal office-bearers

Visitor
Governor of the State of Western Australia, ex officio
Warden of Convocation
Adjunct Professor Warren Merton Kerr AM, BArch W.Aust., MHP NSW, LFRAIA, FACHSM, FAIM

Additionally there are:

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Academic Board

The Academic Board is the chief academic body in the University. Its constitution, membership and terms of reference are set out in Statute No. 19 and in the Regulations made pursuant to this Statute. It has delegated authority for most of its business to the Academic Council.

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Faculties

There are nine Faculties, each of which comprises groups of cognate schools. Deans are responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the administration of their Faculties, and Heads of School administer the schools within a Faculty.

The appointed Deans have Faculty executive roles covering research, teaching, academic structures and academic processes, as well as delegated authority from the Vice-Chancellor to manage University resources and to implement Faculty plans, University policies and priorities.

Details of membership of the Faculties and Faculty boards and terms of reference are given in  Statute No. 8  and in Faculty Governance documents.

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Convocation

Convocation was created as an integral part of the University to establish an electorate of those eligible to vote in elections for positions on the Senate and the Council of Convocation. It consists of all UWA graduates, senior academic staff, all members of Senate, and others who are eligible to be members under the provisions of Section 17 of the University Act. The Warden of Convocation, who is elected annually by the members of Convocation, chairs the Council of Convocation which is comprised of 21 elected representatives of these members and meets on a monthly basis.

The entire membership of Convocation is invited to general meetings (known as Ordinary Meetings) twice yearly to receive an update on the University's activities. Under section 31 of the University Act all amendments to statutes must be referred to Convocation for review before they can be submitted to the Governor in Executive Council for approval, and subsequent advertisement in the Government Gazette.

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Structure

A simple diagrammatic representation of the University's governance structure lays out how the various units interact with each other.

The University's management structure sets out the system by which our various divisions report within themselves and to which members of the Executive our deans, directors and pro vice-chancellors report. Changes made to the management structure in 2013 reflect a sharper focus on areas of academic programs and internationalisation strategy, as well as making some structural change to areas within the Vice-Chancellery.

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