Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.36
Liaison Laura Minchella
Submission Date July 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Sydney
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Zoe Morrison
Strategy Advisor
Strategy Office
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Does the institution have formal participatory or shared governance bodies through which the following stakeholders can regularly participate in the governance of the institution?:
Yes or No
Students Yes
Academic staff Yes
Non-academic staff Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal participatory or shared governance bodies:

The University of Sydney committee structure has a number of top-level committees and subcommittees with staff and student representation at all levels.
Senate is the governing authority of the University. It has 2 elected academic and 1 elected professional staff members. There are 2 student representatives, 1 from the UG program and 1 from the PG program. Alumni are also nominated to Senate. The Senate is supported by sub-committees (https://www.sydney.edu.au/about-us/governance-and-structure/governance/senate.html)
The University's highest management committee, the University Executive (UE) makes recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor for University-wide planning, decision-making and oversight. It has 1 main committee with 19 sub-committees with academic and professional staff members and students. In particular, student representatives are involved with the Student Life Committee, Student Consultative Committee and Education Committee.
Faculties and Schools also have various boards and committees with academic and professional staff and student representation.
Our Academic Board, which oversees all academic activities and matters at the University, at least 4 elected academic and professional staff representation from each Faculty/School and at least 2 elected student representatives (1 UG and 1PG) from each Faculty/School. https://www.sydney.edu.au/about-us/governance-and-structure/governance/academic-board.html
The University of Sydney Union (USU) has a Student Board. The Board of Directors is composed of 14 Directors, including 11 student Directors elected at the Annual Elections each year, two Senate-appointed Directors and the Immediate Past President. https://www.usu.edu.au/about-us/our-student-board.aspx
Student Representative Council is a peer-elected council independent of the University governance but exists in a collaborative relationship. They are the representative body for undergraduate students providing legal and advocacy services.
SUPRA is the postgraduate student association at the University of Sydney and is governed by a peer-elected council which also exists in a collaborative capacity with the University's main governance structure.


Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
15

Number of students representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
2

Number of academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
2

Number of non-academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
1

Number of women serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
6

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:
40

Website URL where information about the institution’s highest governing body may be found:
Does the institution host or support one or more formal bodies through which external stakeholders have a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them?:
Yes

A brief description of the campus-community council or equivalent body that gives external stakeholders a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them:

The University has several bodies with external members, including the Senate, our highest governance committee.
The Alumni Council whose purpose is to create a mutually beneficial alumni relations program that will strengthen and engage our community and support the University’s vision.
Their role is to:
* support the University and its faculties in their endeavours to grow alumni engagement across the University community effectively facilitate connectivity between alumni, the University community and its stakeholders
* provide opportunities for alumni to develop a lifelong connection with the University.
(https://www.sydney.edu.au/engage/alumni/get-involved/networks/alumni-council.html)

The University of Sydney has relationships with its local communities such a Redfern, Darlington and through the Inner West Council community outreach. The University has a month column in the South Sydney Herald to communicate with surrounding communities, specifically on infrastructure projects and invite feedback and collaboration.


Number of people from underrepresented groups serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body.:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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