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Terms of Reference

  1. To review proposals and discussion papers and to make recommendations to the Academic/Divisional Board, Heads of School, Deans, Directors, and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor on academic policies and on academic strategic developments;
  2. To oversee the strategic development of undergraduate degrees within the Division and to exercise particular oversight of the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. To make recommendations to the Academic/Divisional Board on specific proposals for curriculum development;
  4. To review and make responses or recommendations to appropriate bodies on academic matters referred to the Division for comment.


  • The Associate Dean (Academic), Convenor (ex officio)
  • The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (ex officio)
  • One representative from: Geography, Performing Arts, The College of Education, Faculty of Law, and Te Tumu, and two representatives from School of Arts, and School of Social Sciences*
  • Two representatives from OUSA
  • The committee may co-opt additional members

Normally, members serve for three years and two are replaced each year.

Administrative support and advice is provided by the embedded Specialist, Academic Committees and Services.

*Membership will reflect a balance between genders, disciplines, and appointment levels. Where necessary, co-option will be used to achieve such balance. Membership of the committee will be regarded as significant service to the Division.

Download a copy of the terms of reference and the membership of the Academic Committee (Constitution) (PDF)

Meeting dates for 2022

Academic Committee meeting dates
(Thursdays at 9:00am)
Deadlines for agenda item submissions
3 February Monday 24 January
3 March Monday 21 February
31 March (April meeting) Monday 21 March
5 May Friday 22 April (due to ANZAC day)
9 June Monday 30 May
7 July Monday 27 June
11 August Monday 1 August
8 September Monday 29 August
6 October Monday 26 September
10 November Monday 31 October

Academic Committee and Divisional Board meeting dates, 2022 (PDF)

Forms and information on University Academic Committees

Go to the Proformas for New Proposals page

Current Committee

  • Professor Simone Marshall (Associate Dean Academic – Convenor)
  • Dr Arlene Allan (Arts)
  • Dr Anne Begg (Social Sciences)
  • Dr Jennifer Cattermole (Performing Arts)
  • Dr Sean Connelly (Geography)
  • Associate Professor Marcelo Rodriguez Ferrere (Law)
  • Dr Michael Gaffney (Education)
  • Professor Ian Barber (Social Sciences)
  • Caitlin Hancy (OUSA)
  • Dr Erica Newman (Te Tumu)
  • Dr Sin Wen Lau (Arts)

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