Manual of Policies and Procedures

A/8.9 University Equity Committee charter

Contact Officer

Equity Director

Approval Date

08/02/2018

Approval Authority

Vice-Chancellor

Date of Next Review

01/12/2018


8.9.1 Purpose
8.9.2 Accountability
8.9.3 Responsibilities
8.9.4 Membership
8.9.5 Meeting frequency
8.9.6 Reporting and communication
8.9.7 Procedures
8.9.8 Secretariat
Modification History

8.9.1 Purpose

The University Equity Committee promotes the achievement of fair and equitable outcomes for diverse QUT student and staff communities, so that they can flourish and achieve their potential. This is done through providing advice to the Vice Chancellor, and awareness raising and advocacy at all levels of the University.

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8.9.2 Accountability

University Equity Committee is a management committee accountable to the Vice-Chancellor.

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8.9.3 Responsibilities

University Equity Committee undertakes the following responsibilities:

Advisory

  • provides advice to the Vice-Chancellor on all social justice matters
  • reviews state, national and international trends in higher education, State and Federal legislation, and public policy, which have the potential to impact on the social justice framework and/or equity related objectives of the University
  • recommends policy initiatives in the equity area
  • advises on the equity implications of University policies
  • advises on the development of institutional responses to policy initiatives taken by government and other external agencies
  • consults with and advises appropriate committees and officers of the University on equity matters.

Coordination and Awareness

  • through Equity Committees in each Faculty and Division, consults, collaborates, and coordinates social justice efforts across the university through information sharing, strategy development, and promotion of priority programs
  • coordinates and supports working parties of University Equity Committee as established from time to time.

Monitoring

  • monitors the implementation of equity policy and programs within the University.

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8.9.4 Membership

  • Nominee of the Registrar as Chair
  • Chair of Indigenous Education Research and Employment Committee or nominee
  • Equity Director or nominee
  • Chair of each division/faculty equity committee
  • One representative of Chancellery nominated by the Vice-Chancellor
  • One member of Council nominated by Council
  • One undergraduate student nominated by the Vice-Chancellor
  • One postgraduate student nominated by the Vice-Chancellor

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8.9.5 Meeting frequency

Terms of office are as detailed in section 6 of Council Procedure 1 - Committees.

University Equity Committee meets at least four times a year.

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8.9.6 Reporting and communication

University Equity Committee reports to the Vice-Chancellor, as needed.

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8.9.7 Procedures

University Equity Committee operates in accordance with Council Procedure 1 - Committees.

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8.9.8 Secretariat

A nominee of the Registrar is secretary, on recommendation of the Equity Director.

The Equity Director is executive officer of University Equity Committee.

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Modification History

Date Sections Source Details
08.02.18 All Vice-Chancellor Terms of reference redrafted to committee charter and renamed to University Equity Committee
14.11.12 All Equity Board Revised terms of reference and membership provisions to include a representative from Caboolture campus

13.11.08

All

Equity Board

Annual Committee self assessment – Board reviewed, no change required

29.11.07

All

Vice-Chancellor

Renumbered to A/8.9 (formerly A/8.1) as part of revised policy framework for social justice; sub-committees of Equity Board disestablished as formal Vice-Chancellor’s committees (Low-SES Student Equity Committee, Disability Services Committee, Cultural Diversity Committee and Equity Awards Committee) – these committees to continue as working parties from 01.01.08 under their current membership and terms of reference (endorsed by Equity Board 15.11.07)

14.08.07

All

Vice-Chancellor

Revised terms of reference for Equity Board (triennial reporting cycle approved, effective from 2006) (endorsed by Equity Board 03.07.06)

25.10.06

All

Council

Revised membership provisions relating to student representation on Equity Board and its sub-committees, consistent with Council Procedure 1 - Committees

29.06.04 All Vice-Chancellor Revised terms of reference and membership provisions in accordance with recommendations of Vice-Chancellor's Panel of the 2003/2004 Committees Review (Equity Board to be further reviewed by end of 2004)
30.08.00 All Vice-Chancellor Revised membership to include a representative from Chancellery
28.05.98 All Council Change to chairperson and reporting arrangements

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