Academic Board

Reporting to RMIT Council, the Academic Board is the governing body responsible for oversight of RMIT's academic affairs.

Role of the Academic Board

The Academic Board is responsible for governance of all aspects of the University's academic mission inclusive of learning and teaching, scholarship, research and research training. The Board fulfils its responsibilities by monitoring and providing oversight of academic quality, standards and outcomes, academic and research integrity, innovation and risk, and academic freedom.

The functions of the Board are established pursuant to the RMIT Statute No. 1 (Amendment No. 2) and the Academic Board Regulations.

Key functions of the Board include:

  • Approving the requirements for all Higher Education, Vocational Education and Higher Education Degrees by Research awards conferred by the University;
  • Developing, reviewing and approving academic and research policies;
  • providing advice and reporting to Council on academic matters.

Academic Board Membership

The Board is chaired by Dr Sharon Andrews

The composition of Academic Board is outlined in the Academic Board Regulations.

The Board’s membership and is designed to represent the interests and voice of the academic community and students and includes:

  • Ex-officio members: appointed on the basis of their substantive position
  • Elected staff: academic, teaching and professional (2-year term)
  • Elected students:   higher degree by research,  postgraduate,  undergraduate  higher  education  and  vocational education (1-year term)

 

To view the Board’s current membership, forward planner, meeting papers and minutes, and Handbook please click this link (staff login required).

Standing Committees of Academic Board  

The Academic Board has established four standing committees that provide advice and support to the Board.  These Committees work under the guidance of the Academic Board to consider matters set out in their respective Terms of Reference.

As a central component of the University's academic governance framework, the Committees provide independent, academically informed advice enabling the Board to act on the basis of rigorous scrutiny and review at the standing committee level. 

The Programs Committee has been established to provide recommendations to the Board on course and program proposals, and oversight, monitoring and advice on the academic governance aspects of related policies, procedures and quality assurance arrangements.

The Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Board on:

  • Policies, procedures related to program and course design
  • The accreditation, re- accreditation or discontinuation of Higher Education awards.
  • The University’s strategy for the program and course design
  • Admissions standards and English Language entrance requirements
  • The governance of shorter form credentials and non-formal learning
  • The external environment including policy, strategy, trends and innovations
  • Ongoing compliance with relevant legislative and regulatory requirements

 

The Committee is Chaired by Professor Penelope June Weller.

  • View Terms of Reference
  • To view the Committee’s current membership, forward planner, meeting papers and minutes please click this link (staff login required). 

The Higher Education Committee has been established to provide advice to the Board on academic quality and excellence in all aspects of teaching and learning for Higher Education Programs.

The Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Board on:

  • Policies, procedures and quality assurance
  • Internal and external academic quality standards
  • Student progression, academic conduct and academic integrity
  • The University’s Learning and Teaching strategy
  • The external environment including policy, strategy, trends and innovations
  • Academic risk, including relevant findings and recommendations arising from internal and external audits
  • Ongoing compliance with Higher Education legislative and regulatory requirements.

 

The Committee is Chaired by Associate Professor Ehsan Gharaie, who also serves as the current Deputy Chair of Academic Board.

  • View Terms of Reference
  • To view the Committee’s current membership, forward planner, meeting papers and minutes please click this link.

The Vocational Education Committee has been established to provide advice to Academic Board on academic quality and excellence in all areas of teaching and learning for Vocational Education Programs. 

The Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Board on:

  • Policies, procedures and quality assurance
  • Internal and external academic quality standards
  • Student progression, academic conduct and academic integrity
  • The University’s Learning and Teaching strategy
  • The external environment including policy, strategy, trends and innovations
  • Academic risk, including relevant findings and recommendations arising from internal and external audits
  • Ongoing compliance with Vocational Education legislative and regulatory requirements.
  • Oversight of the ASQA Delegations Panel.  

 

The Committee is Chaired by Mrs Theresa Lyford.

  • View Terms of Reference
  • To view the Committee’s current membership, forward planner, meeting papers and minutes please click this link.

The Research Committee has been established to provide advice to Academic Board on quality and excellence across all aspects of research and research training. The Committee is supported by the Graduate Research Sub-Committee.

The Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Board on:

  • Policies, procedures and quality assurance
  • Internal and external academic quality standards
  • Research ethics and integrity, and the responsible conduct of research
  • The University’s Research strategy
  • The external environment including policy, strategy, trends and innovations
  • Academic risk, including relevant findings and recommendations arising from internal and external audits
  • Ongoing compliance with research and research training legislative and regulatory requirements

 

The Committee is Chaired by Professor Roberto Sabatini

  • View Terms of Reference 
  • To view the Committee’s current membership, forward planner, meeting papers and minutes please click this link. 

Meeting dates

2021 Academic Board and Committee paper submission schedule

1pm – 3:30pm

Meeting number Meeting Ddte Agenda & papers to members Papers due to Secretariat

1/2021

Mon, February 15, 2021

Mon, February 8, 2021

Mon, February 1, 2021

2/2021

Mon, March 29, 2021

Mon, March 22, 2021

Mon, March 15, 2021

3/2021

Mon, May 10, 2021

Mon, May 3, 2021

Mon, April 26, 2021

4/2021

Mon, June 21, 2021

Mon, June 14, 2021

Mon, June 7, 2021

5/2021

Mon, August 2, 2021

Mon, July 26, 2021

Mon, July 19, 2021

6/2021

Mon, September 13, 2021

Mon, September 6, 2021

Mon, August 30, 2021

7/2021

Mon, October 25, 2021

Mon, October 18, 2021

Mon, October 11, 2021

8/2021

Mon, December 6, 2021

Mon, November 29, 2021

Mon, November 22, 2021

1pm – 2:30pm

Meeting number

Meeting date

Agenda & papers to members

Papers due to Secretariat

1/2021

Mon, February 1, 2021

Mon, January 25, 2021

Mon, January 18, 2021

2/2021

Mon, March 15, 2021

Mon, March 8, 2021

Mon, March 1, 2021

3/2021

Mon, April 26, 2021

Mon, April 19, 2021

Mon, April 12, 2021

4/2021

Mon, June 7, 2021

Mon, May 31, 2021

Mon, May 24, 2021

5/2021

Mon, July 19, 2021

Mon, July 12, 2021

Mon, July 5, 2021

6/2021

Mon, August 30, 2021

Mon, August 23, 2021

Mon, August 16, 2021

7/2021

Mon, October 11, 2021

Mon, October 4, 2021

Mon, September 27, 2021

8/2021

Mon, November 22, 2021

Mon, November 15, 2021

Mon, November 8, 2021

1pm – 2:30pm

Meeting number

Meeting date

Agenda & papers to members

Papers due to Secretariat

1/2021

Tues, March 16, 2021

Tues, March 9, 2021

Tues, March 2, 2021

2/2021

Tues, April 27, 2021

Tues, April 20, 2021

Tues, April 13, 2021

3/2021

Tues, June 8, 2021

Tues, June 1, 2021

Tues, May 25, 2021

4/2021

Tues, August 24, 2021

Tues, August 17, 2021

Tues, August 10, 2021

5/2021

Tues, October 5, 2021

Tues, September 28, 2021

Tues, September 21, 2021

6/2021

Tues, November 23, 2021

Tues, November 16, 2021

Tues, November 9, 2021

11am – 12:30pm

Meeting number

Meeting date

Agenda & papers to members

Papers due to Secretariat

1/2021

Tues, March 16, 2021

Tues, March 9, 2021

Tues, March 2, 2021

2/2021

Tues, April 27, 2021

Tues, April 20, 2021

Tues, April 13, 2021

3/2021

Tues, June 8, 2021

Tues, June 1, 2021

Tues, May 25, 2021

4/2021

Tues, August 24, 2021

Tues, August 17, 2021

Tues, August 10, 2021

5/2021

Tues, October 5, 2021

Tues, September 28, 2021

Tues, September 21, 2021

6/2021

Tues, November 23, 2021

Tues, November 16, 2021

Tues, November 9, 2021

1pm – 2:30pm

Meeting number

Meeting date

Agenda & papers to Mmmbers

Papers due to Secretariat

1/2021

Wed, March 17, 2021

Wed, March 10, 2021

Wed, March 3, 2021

2/2021

Wed, April 28, 2021

Wed, April 21, 2021

Wed, April 14, 2021

3/2021

Wed, June 9, 2021

Wed, June 2, 2021

Wed, May 26, 2021

4/2021

Wed, August 25, 2021

Wed, August 18, 2021

Wed, August 11, 2021

5/2021

Wed, October 6, 2021

Wed, September 29, 2021

Wed, September 22, 2021

6/2021

Wed, November 24, 2021

Wed, November 17, 2021

Wed, November 10, 2021

2020 Academic Board and Committee paper submission schedule

Meeting number

Meeting Date

Papers due to Secretariat

ab.secretariat@rmit.edu.au

AB-01-20

Monday, February 17, 2020

Monday, February 3, 2020

AB-02-20

Monday, March 23, 2020

Monday, March 9, 2020

AB-03-20

Monday, May 4, 2020

Monday, April 20, 2020

AB-04-20

Monday, June 15, 2020

Monday, June 1, 2020

AB-05-20

Monday, July 27, 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020

AB-06-20

Monday, September 7, 2020

Monday, August 24, 2020

AB-07-20

Monday, October 19, 2020

Monday, October 5, 2020

AB-08-20

Monday, November 30, 2020

Monday, November 16, 2020

Meeting number

Meeting Date

Papers due to Secretariat

ab.secretariat@rmit.edu.au

PROG-01-20

Monday, February 3, 2020

Monday, January 20, 2020

PROG-02-20

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

PROG-03-20

Monday, April 20, 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

PROG-04-20

Monday, June 1, 2020

Monday, May 18, 2020

PROG-05-20

Monday, July 13, 2020

Monday, June 29, 2020

PROG-06-20

Monday, August 24, 2020

Monday, August 10, 2020

PROG-07-20

Monday, October 5, 2020

Monday, September 21, 2020

PROG-08-20

Monday, November 16, 2020

Monday, November 2, 2020

Meeting number

Meeting Date

Papers due to Secretariat

ab.secretariat@rmit.edu.au

HED-01-20

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

HED-02-20

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

HED-03-20

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

HED-04-20

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

HED-05-20

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

HED-06-20

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Meeting number

Meeting Date

Papers due to Secretariat

ab.secretariat@rmit.edu.au

VE-01-20

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

VE-02-20

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

VE-03-20

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

VE-04-20

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

VE-05-20

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

VE-06-20

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Meeting number

Meeting Date

Papers due to Secretariat

ab.secretariat@rmit.edu.au

RC-01-20

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

RC-02-20

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

RC-03-20

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

RC-04-20

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

RC-05-20

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

RC-06-20

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Further information

Executive support for the Academic Board is provided by the University Secretariat. Any questions concerning the Academic Board or the information on this site should be directed to ab.secretariat@rmit.edu.au.

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.