Manual of Policies and Procedures

A/4.1 Organisational structure

Contact Officer

Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar

Approval Date

29/04/2021

Approval Authority

Council

Date of Next Review

30/04/2024

4.1.1 Purpose
4.1.2 Application
4.1.3 Roles and responsibilities
4.1.4 Vice-Chancellor and President
4.1.5 Principal officers and heads of divisions
4.1.6 Senior executive officers
4.1.7 Other senior officers
4.1.8 Academic organisational structure
4.1.9 Professional organisational structure
4.1.10 Naming of organisational units
4.1.11 Definitions
4.1.12 Delegations
Related Documents
Modification History

4.1.1 Purpose

QUT's organisational structure is designed to promote the efficient and effective management of the University and to support its vision – the university for the real world – and purpose – to provide transformative education and research relevant to our communities (QUT Blueprint). This policy sets out the requirements for establishment and disestablishment of organisational structures and the designation of principal and other senior officers within that structure.

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4.1.2 Application

This policy applies to organisational structures established as a constituent part of the University. It does not apply to subsidiary companies.

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4.1.3 Roles and responsibilities

Position
Responsibility

Council

  • is responsible for the overall management and control of the University's affairs, property and finances, including the appointment of the University's staff (section 9, QUT Act)
  • approves the academic organisational structure of the University
  • establishes and disestablishes faculties, institutes, schools, centres and other organisational units for academic and academic support purposes

Vice-Chancellor and President

  • approves the professional organisational structure of the University
  • establishes and disestablishes divisions, portfolios, departments and independent sections providing administrative and service functions for the University
Director, Governance, Legal and Performance
  • publishes the University’s official organisational chart in the online Manual of Policies and Procedures (Appendix 5)

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4.1.4 Vice-Chancellor and President

Council has delegated most operational aspects of the management of the University to the Vice-Chancellor and President as chief executive officer. 

As chief executive officer, the Vice-Chancellor and President provides leadership to the University, promotes QUT’s vision, priorities and objectives, and advances its development and organisational values.

The Vice-Chancellor and President is ultimately responsible for the management, operation and performance of the University, including its academic, administrative, financial and other functions. The Vice-Chancellor is designated as President of the University, recognising the responsibility for the professional functions of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor and President is head of the Chancellery Division.

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4.1.5 Principal officers and heads of divisions

In addition to the Vice-Chancellor and President (A/4.1.4), the following principal officers are responsible for the overall leadership, management and administration of a division.

Provost

The Provost is the standing deputy to the Vice-Chancellor and President and is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor and President for the management of the academic functions of the University, including overseeing academic governance, learning and teaching strategy, research strategy and the academic faculties. The Provost also has oversight of the University’s digital strategy, led by the Chief Information Officer. The Provost acts for the Vice-Chancellor and President in that officer’s absence.

The Provost is head of the Academic Division.

Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar

The Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar is QUT’s chief administrative officer, responsible to the Vice-Chancellor and President for the administration of the University. The Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar acts as Secretary to Council.

The Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar is head of the Administrative Division

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4.1.6 Senior executive officers

The following senior executive officers are responsible for the overall leadership, management and administration of high-level University functions.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research)

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) is head of the Research Portfolio, and is responsible to the Provost, for leading the University's research agenda.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education)

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education) is head of the Education Portfolio, and is responsible to the Provost for leading improvements and advancements in teaching and learning quality, and curriculum in the University.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International)

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International) is head of the International Portfolio, and is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor and President for leading the University's international activities and support functions.

Vice-President (Business Development)

The Vice-President (Business Development) is head of the Business Development Portfolio and is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor and President for the oversight of business development, advancement and alumni, corporate partnerships and the initiation of new businesses for the University.

Executive dean of faculty

An executive dean of faculty is responsible to the Provost for the leadership, management and integration of the activities of schools and centres of the faculty and for promoting a sense of unity, cooperation and common purpose within the faculty. The executive dean is assisted in management of relevant functions of the faculty by a deputy dean and associate deans.

Chief Financial Officer

The Chief Financial Officer is head of Finance Business Solutions, and is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor and President for the financial functions of the University.

Chief Information Officer

The Chief Information Officer is head of Digital Business Solutions, and is responsible to the Provost, for advancing QUT through digital innovation, and the delivery of its digital strategy.

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4.1.7 Other senior officers

Deputy Dean of faculty

A deputy dean is responsible to the executive dean of the faculty and assists in management of the faculty. A deputy dean provides leadership and supervision to the faculty’s associate deans, including specialist student support and related academic functions.

Associate Dean of faculty

Associate deans are responsible to the deputy dean of faculty for managing activities such as learning and teaching or research within the faculty.

Head of School

A head of school is responsible to the executive dean of faculty for academic leadership and management of the school.

Executive Director

An executive director is a senior officer responsible to a head of division or another senior officer for the operation and management of a substantial or specialised department, institute or function.

Pro Vice-Chancellor

A pro vice-chancellor is a senior officer responsible for a University-wide strategy or function reporting to the Vice-Chancellor and President, to the Provost or to a deputy vice-chancellor.

Director, department/independent section

A department/independent section director is responsible generally to a head of division or portfolio for the operation and management of the particular department/independent section.

Research Centre Director

A research centre director is responsible to the relevant executive dean of faculty for the coordination of research and doctoral programs in areas associated with the research centre.

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4.1.8 Academic organisational structure

The academic organisational structures of the University are established by Council to:

  • undertake teaching and learning and/or research (through faculties and schools), and/or
  • provide academic support activities to promote quality and best practice in teaching and learning (including curriculum), and research (including engagement and collaboration).

The organisation of QUT’s academic areas is based on identifiable complementary discipline areas which are grouped into faculties and schools. Faculty and school status is determined by factors including:

  • educational, administrative and economic efficiencies
  • size (staff FTE, student EFTSL)
  • number, complexity and diversity of courses and facilities
  • coherence with respect to courses, and professional or disciplinary orientation
  • level of research, consulting and fundraising activity
  • identified need for leadership at executive dean of faculty, deputy dean or head of school level respectively.

Research activities are pursued through university research centres, faculty research centres and research groups.

Research structures that reside within faculties and portfolios are defined in the Research structures policy (D/1.2).

QUT has five faculties (Business and Law; Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice; Engineering; Health; Science) and one institute (the Carumba Institute).

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4.1.9 Professional organisational structure

The professional organisational structures of the University are established by the Vice-Chancellor and President to undertake core administrative and corporate services. Professional areas are grouped into divisions, portfolios, departments and sections, as determined by administrative efficiency and alignment of services, including factors such as:

  • size, including students, staff, other stakeholders and facilities serviced; staff employed; records maintained; transactions performed
  • number, complexity and diversity of activities performed
  • number, size, diversity and complexity of facilities, equipment and systems used.

The following divisions have been established: Chancellery, Administrative and Academic.

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4.1.10 Naming of organisational units

In naming organisational areas, due regard must be given to persons who have been associated prominently with the University, including major financial contributors. Council intends that names only be considered as the occasion arises or otherwise warrants.

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4.1.11 Definitions

Faculty means a formal grouping of academic programs, schools, disciplines, centres, or any combination of these, drawn together for educational purposes and/or administrative efficiency and convenience.

School means a formal grouping of academic and professional staff, physical facilities and equipment, which is aggregated in order to conduct courses identified with specific professions or disciplines. Schools are responsible for teaching, consulting, research and community service, and for associated academic support activities.

Institute is a formal grouping of staff in a multidisciplinary environment, engaged in research and teaching activities contributing to University strategies and initiatives.

Division is a formal grouping of a number of portfolios, departments and/or independent sections drawn together for the purpose of coordinating activities and for administrative efficiency and convenience. A division is characterised by complexity of operation and responsibility for the provision of a wide range of administrative and/or academic support services.

Portfolio is a formal grouping of a larger number of staff, physical facilities and equipment, which is responsible for a major functional area or administrative or academic services. Portfolios are part of a division and may contain departments and sections.

Department is a formal grouping of a number of staff, physical facilities and equipment, which is responsible for a functional area of administrative or educational services. Departments are part of a division and may contain sections.

Section or unit is a formal grouping of a relatively small number of staff, physical facilities and equipment, which is responsible for the performance of a discrete set of activities. Sections are normally part of a department. A number of sections within the University are classified as 'independent sections' and have similar responsibilities to a department, but on a smaller scale.

Research centres contribute to the University's research agenda and capacity as defined in the Research structures policy (D/1.2).

Organisational chart is the graphical depiction of QUT's Organisational Structure, including reporting lines and organisational hierarchies and accountabilities.

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4.1.12 Delegations

Refer to Register of Authorities and Delegations (C048, C049, VC032) (QUT staff access only).

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Related Documents

MOPP D/1.2 Research structures

MOPP Appendix 5 QUT Organisational Structure

Queensland University of Technology Act 1998

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Modification History

Date Sections Source Details
29.04.21 All Council Revised policy to include changes resulting from QUT’s Repositioning QUT for a post-COVID world organisational restructure (effective 31.01.21)
19.02.20, 27.02.20 A/4.1.5, A/4.1.8 Vice-Chancellor and President, Council Revised to include division name change - Division of Resources to Finance Business Solutions Division
25.11.19 A/4.1.5, A/4.1.6, A/4.1.7 Council Revised policy to include new Carumba Institute; new position title, Deputy Dean; and position title changes for Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) to Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education) and Vice-President (Resources) and Chief Financial Officer to Chief Financial Officer - effective 01.01.20
21.08.19 A/4.1.7 Council Revised section to incorporate content on institutes from revised research structures policy (D/1.2)
22.01.19 A/4.1.5 Vice-Chancellor and President Approved change to position title Vice-President (Administration) and Registrar to Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar - effective 29.07.19
09.01.19 All Director, Governance and Legal Services Policy revised to include approved position title change from assistant dean/s to associate dean/s - effective 01.01.19
20.12.18 A/4.1.5 Vice-Chancellor and President Revised to include division and position title changes - Division of Research and Commercialisation to Division of Research and Innovation; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Commercialisation) to Deputy Vice-Chancellor and President (Research and Innovation) - effective 01.01.19
08.08.18 A/4.1.5 Council Revised policy to include changes to portfolio responsibilities and titles of principal officers -  disestablishment of the Division of Technology, Information and Library Resources and Vice-President (Technology) and Chief Information Officer; establishment of new division and new position - Division of Business Development and Vice-President (Business Development) - effective 01.01.19; division title change from Division of International and Development to Division of International and position title of Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International and Development) to Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International); reporting line for Institute Executive Directors changed from Provost to Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Commercialisation) - effective 01.01.19
23.04.18 All Council Revised and simplified policy, including title change and updated principal officer position titles - Vice-Chancellor to Vice-Chancellor and President; Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor to Provost; Registrar to Vice-President (Administration) and Registrar; Executive Director, Finance and Resource Planning to Vice-President (Resources) and Chief Financial Officer; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Technology, Information and Library Services) to Vice-President (Technology) and Chief Information Officer; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Development) to Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International and Development) - effective 01.07.18
05.05.17 A/4.1.3 Vice-Chancellor Revised policy to remove disestablished position Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Programs and Partnerships) - effective 31.12.16
09.12.16 A/4.1.3 Enhancing the Student Experience REAL Difference Change Manager Revised policy to include REAL Difference initiative, approved name change for division, Division of Technology, Information and Learning Support to Division of Technology, Information and Library Services and position title, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Technology, Information and Learning Support) to Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Technology, Information and Library Services) - effective 03.01.17
11.12.13 A/4.1.3 Chancellor (on behalf of Council) Policy revised to reflect a name change from Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) to Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor
17.11.12 All Registrar Periodic review - minor editorial changes
26.05.12 A/4.1.3 Vice-Chancellor Editorial amendment to include addition of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Programs and Partnerships)

22.02.12

A/4.1.4

Council

Policy revised to include change to reporting arrangements for institute directors

22.06.11

A/4.1.6

Council

Disestablishment of Faculties of Science and Technology and Built Environment and Engineering (with effect 31.12.11) and establishment of Science and Engineering Faculty (effective 01.01.2012)

19.02.11

All

Vice-Chancellor

Policy revised to include approved position title change for Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Teaching Quality) to Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching)

21.10.09 All Council Revised and renamed policy (replaces former policies A/4.1, A/4.2, A/5.1 and B/1.2)
24.10.08 All Governance Services Renumbered and relocated to A/5.1 (formerly A/3.3)
29.07.05 A/5.1.10 Vice-Chancellor Approved responsibilities for institute directors (endorsed by University Academic Board 01.07.05)
21.10.04 A/5.1.2, A/5.1.3, A/5.1.4 Vice-Chancellor Revised responsibilities of senior officers in accordance with current management structure (added new sections A/5.1.2 Deputy Vice-Chancellors and Heads of Division, and A/5.1.4 Executive Director, Finance and Resource Planning; deleted former A/5.1.3 Pro-Vice-Chancellors; re-numbered remaining sections)
05.10.04 A/5.1.7, A/5.1.8 Secretariat Editorial amendment consistent with Creative Industries structure and Appendix 3 - Schedule of Authorities and Delegations
24.06.03 A/5.1.9 Vice-Chancellor Approved responsibilities for faculty research centre directors
14.04.03

A/5.1

Vice-Chancellor Re-defined role of University Executive.
03.01.02 A/5.1.7, A/5.1.8 Vice-Chancellor Approved responsibilities for senior officers within Creative Industries Faculty
07.07.99 A/5.1 Council Approved Council Procedure 4 (replaces former Statute 5 - The Vice-chancellor and other University Officers)
17.06.98 A/5.1.2 Vice-Chancellor Revised responsibilities (endorsed by Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Committee 17.6.98)
17.06.98 A/5.1.3 Vice-Chancellor

Revised responsibilities (endorsed by Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Committee 17.6.98)

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