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What we do

The Academic Committees and Services Office (ACS) manages a range of academic and research approval processes, connected in particular to academic proposals and to human and animal ethics applications, and is available to provide advice to University staff regarding these processes.

A key task of ACS is to provide secretarial support and co-ordination for various high-level academic and research committees of the University. Along with various other Committees of Senate and of the University Council, the committees we support include:

As part of this work, we manage the approval process for academic proposals, from the Divisional level, right through to the external accreditation of new programmes at Universities New Zealand's Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP). We also receive and process all applications for ethical approval, advising academic staff and senior students in relation to research ethics.

A Specialist from ACS is embedded within each of the four Divisions of the University. Each Specialist has a close working relationship with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Associate Dean (Academic) and Associate Dean (Postgraduate) of their respective Division. A fifth Specialist primarily supports central academic committees and works closely with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

Central ACS staff also work closely with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) and the Dean of the Graduate Research School in relation to committees supporting research and research ethics.

The University has a new way of processing human ethics applications.
View the Human Ethics Committee page for more information

Our people

Gary Witte

Manager, Academic Committees and Services Office

Matt Angel


Matt supports:

Michelle Bennie

Senior Administrator

Michelle supports:

Janine Cockburn

Administrator (Student and Academic Services)

Janine provides administrative support to ACS on behalf of Divisional Services and Administration.

Rebecca Connaughton


Rebecca is embedded in the Division of Commerce, and supports:

Jo Farron de Diaz


Jo supports:

Carol Forbes


Carol is embedded in the Division of Humanities, and supports:

She also centrally supports:

Dr Charles Gibson


Charles is embedded in the Division of Sciences, and supports:

Penny Harrison

Senior Administrator

Penny supports:

Paulette Milnes

Senior Administrator

Paulette supports:

Dr Tosh Stewart


Tosh is embedded in the Division of Health Sciences, and supports:

Contact us

General enquiries about the work of ACS may be directed to:


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