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Staffing Advisory Committee

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) chairs the Staffing Advisory Committee which comprises senior academic representation from across the University. The Staffing Advisory Committee meets most months from February to December to advise the Vice-Chancellor on staffing matters and to make decisions on those matters for which it has delegated authority.

Terms of Reference

To decide, on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, on matters relating to academic and general staff, including

  • Appointment of Associate Professors
  • Awarding of titles such as Adjunct, Honorary and Visiting;
  • Confirmation of appointment
  • Leave – including leave without pay
  • Academic promotions at Associate Professorial level and applications referred to it by the Divisional Promotion Committees
  • Policy – including academic promotions and the Senior Lecturer performance and salary review policy.

To advise the Vice-Chancellor on matters relating to academic and general staff, including:

  • Appointments
  • Awarding of titles such as Adjunct, Honorary and Visiting at the Professorial level
  • Policy – including Research and Study Leave, confirmation of appointment, awarding of titles such as Adjunct, Honorary and Visiting
  • Academic promotions at the Professorial level.

To maintain an overview and receive statistical information on matters relating to:

  • Annual Research and Study Leave Report
  • William Evans Visiting Fellowships
  • Academic promotions.


  • The Vice-Chancellor (ex officio member)
  • The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (Chair)
  • The Vice-Chancellor will consult with Pro-Vice-Chancellors as required regarding one representative from each of the Academic Divisions
  • One member of the academic staff from either the University of Otago, Wellington or the University of Otago, Christchurch

Term of membership

A minimum term of 3 years.
Terms of Reference last updated: December 2014

Current membership

Professor Helen Nicholson (Vice-Chancellor (Acting))
Professor Pat Cragg (Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic)
Professor Takashi Shogimen (Division of Humanities)
Professor Sally Brooker (Division of Sciences)
Professor Bridget Robinson (University of Otago, Christchurch)
Associate Professor Peter Whigham (Division of Commerce)
Professor Darryl Tong (Division of Health Sciences)
Associate Professor Anaru Eketone (Associate Dean Māori, Office of Māori Development)

In attendance:

Denise Lindsay, Manager, Recruitment & Professional Development
Tuari Potiki, Director, Office of Māori Development
Dan Wilson, Manager, HR Promotions and Remuneration

Secretary: Stephanie Evans, HR Adviser, HR Promotions and Remuneration
Tel +64 3 479 8255

Meeting dates and agenda deadlines

Agenda Closes
Committee Meets
25 January 2021Tuesday 2 February 2021
19 February 2021Tuesday 2 March 2021
19 March 2021Tuesday 30 March 2021
16 April 2021Tuesday 27 April 2021
14 May 2021Tuesday 25 May 2021
25 June 2021Tuesday 6 July 2021
23 July 2021Tuesday 3 August and Wednesday 4 August 2021
8 September 2021Monday 20 September 2021
15 October 2021Tuesday 26 October 2021
26 November 2021Tuesday 7 December 2021