Council committees and Academic Board
Ngā Komiti me te Poari

The Council delegates its authority where appropriate to the Vice-Chancellor, Academic Board and council committees for the day-to-day affairs of the university.

Academic Board | Te Poari Akoranga

The Academic Board is a statutory committee of the University.  As UC's principal academic body its role is to provide advice to the Council on academic matters relating to the mission, role, strategy, planning, reporting, and function and regulation of the University.

Membership of the Academic Board consists of the academic leaders of the University, other elected academic representatives, and student representatives. 

The Board typically meets on the 2nd Friday of each month.

Chair

Dr Hamish Cochrane, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

Secretary

Dr Andrew Bainbridge-Smith, Head of Academic Services Group

Council committees | Ngā Komiti o te Kaunihera

The Council has delegated authority to the following Council committees.

The Executive Committee acts for Council on matters that require immediate attention between Council meetings. It reports major decisions to the next Council meeting.

Membership

  • Chancellor Dr John Wood
  • Pro-Chancellor Sue McCormack
  • Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr

Secretary

Jeff Field, University Registrar.

The Finance, Planning and Resources Committee is responsible for reporting and recommending to Council on financial planning, budgeting and monitoring of expenditure and financial performance matters.

Membership

Mandatory members based on their position on Council (ex officio members)

  • Chancellor Dr John Wood
  • Pro-Chancellor Ms Sue McCormack
  • Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr
  • Student Member Mr James Addington

Remaining members elected by Council

  • Ms Catherine Drayton (Chair)
  • Mr Warren Poh
  • Professor Roger Nokes

Non-members attending meetings (with no voting rights)

  • University Registrar (Secretary)
  • Chair, Audit and Risk Committee
  • Any other member of Council
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellors
  • Deputy Registrar

More information on the Finance, Planning and Resources Committee is available on its terms of reference page.

The Audit and Risk Committee is responsible for monitoring the ongoing effectiveness of financial reporting, internal controls, statutory and regulatory compliance and risk management activities. The committee monitors trends in the University’s risk profile and considers how it manages or mitigates key risk exposures. It implements risk management through its business processes of planning, budgeting, investment and project analysis, and operations management.

Membership

Mandatory members based on their position on Council (ex officio members)

  • Chancellor, Dr John Wood
  • Pro-Chancellor, Ms Sue McCormack

Remaining members elected by Council

  • Catherine Drayton
  • Peter Ballantyne
  • Bruce Gemmell
  • Shayne Te Aika
  • Plus one further member co-opted by the Council

Non-members attending meetings (with no voting rights)

  • University Registrar (Secretary)
  • Chair, Finance, Planning and Resources Committee (if not already a member)
  • Vice-Chancellor
  • Any other Council member
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellors
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Deputy Registrar
  • UCSA President

More information on the Audit and Risk Committee is available on its terms of reference page.

The Honours and Appointments Committee is responsible for making recommendations to Council on the award of Honorary Doctorates and other honours and on internal and external Council appointments.

Membership

  • Chancellor Dr John Wood
  • Pro-Chancellor Sue McCormack
  • Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr
  • Mr Peter Ballantyne

Secretary

Jeff Field, University Registrar.

The Pro-Vice Chancellor of the College associated with the award of any Honorary Doctorate may be invited to attend.

Recipients of these honours and appointments can be found on the Professores Emeriti, Honorary Doctorates and Canterbury Distinguished Professors page.

More information is avaiable on the Honours and Appointments Committee terms of reference page.

The primary purpose of the Committee is to review the Vice-Chancellor’s remuneration package and performance. Concurrence is then sought from the State Services Commissioner and Council is informed. The Committee also manages the process around Vice-Chancellor selection and appointment.

Membership

  • Sue McCormack, Pro-Chancellor (Chair)
  • Dr John Wood, Chancellor 
  • Peter Ballantyne, External Member of Council
  • Jo Appleyard, External Member of Council

Terms of reference

To act for the Council in dealing with matters to do with the employment of the Vice-Chancellor, including leave and annual review of performance. The Committee reports its activities to Council from time to time.

The Council Appeals Committee hears and disposes of appeals against academic and other decisions.

Membership

  • Chancellor (Chair) or delegate
  • Vice-Chancellor or delegate 
  • Student President or delegate 
  • External member of Council nominated by the Chancellor

Secretary

Jeff Field, University Registrar.

For enquiries about University Council committees contact Raewyn Crowther, University Council Coordinator, phone +64 3 364 2496 or email raewyn.crowther@canterbury.ac.nz.