Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.80
Liaison Corey Peterson
Submission Date June 2, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Tasmania
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Sustainability Team
UTAS
Infrastructure Services and Development
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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:

- Students: The Tasmanian University Student Association (TUSA) delegates represent students on a number of the University's committees, working groups and project teams to provide a voice and input on the issues and concerns that affect the student body. These include Academic Senate, Learning and Teaching Committee, Student Experience Committee and Sustainability Committee. Students (not necessarily TUSA representatives) also have representation on the University Council, Research Committee (postgraduate student), Equity Committee and Investment Committee.
- Academic staff: The University of Tasmania Act has established an Academic Senate, with responsibility for advising the University Council on all academic matters relating to the University. The Academic Senate's primary responsibility is determining standards, exercising quality control and providing quality assurance across all the University's academic activities. Academic staff are also represented on the University Council, as well as the Research, Teaching and Learning, Sustainability and Student Experience committees among others.
- Non-academic staff: Although there is not a specific Staff Council, non-academic staff are represented on the University Council, as well as the Audit and Risk and Strategic Resources committees among others. Non-academic staff are also represented in other committees such as the Sustainability and Equity committees.


Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
14

Number of students representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
1

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

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:
8

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:
57.14

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 of Tasmania is undertaking a once in a multi-generation initiative to build new campuses in three Tasmanian regions. To support this effort, the University has established a Transformation program led by senior managers dedicated to the program. The program includes regular community stakeholder engagement activities underpinned by University and community steering groups that meet regularly to guide the process in a collaborative way. For example, the Southern Transformation project (https://www.utas.edu.au/about/campuses/southern-transformation) is overseen by a high level steering group consisting of the Vice Chancellor, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director, Southern Transformation, Hobart City Council Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor and the city's General Manager. A similar structure exists for the Northern Transformation effort (https://www.utas.edu.au/northern-transformation).


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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