Academic Board

The Academic Board plays a key role in the governance of the University. It has oversight of academic regulatory risk, and institutional monitoring of academic standards, quality, excellence and policy.

The role of the Academic Board

The Academic Board is the principal academic authority within Deakin. It ensures that academic staff, general staff and students are represented, and embodies collegiality within Deakin University.

The Academic Board is responsible for maintaining the highest standards in teaching and research. It fulfils these responsibilities by:

  • advising on matters of an academic nature
  • managing the Academic Board’s own affairs
  • promoting academic engagement
  • establishing and maintaining academic standards
  • course approval and review
  • admission and selection requirements
  • conferral of awards
  • student discipline and academic appeals.

Members of the Academic Board

The Academic Board is made up of:

  • 21 official members
  • 32 staff members, elected from each faculty
  • 3 members elected by and from the professors of the University
  • 2 members elected by general staff
  • 1 member co-opted to the Academic Board
  • 3 members elected by and from the students.

Learn more about Academic Board elections (student or staff login required)

Academic Board Committees

The Academic Board has established a number of standing committees. The committees undertake the detailed work of the Board, and provide it with informed advice and recommendations on specific matters associated with their particular portfolios.

These are the:

Contact the Academic Board

Chair of the Academic Board
Professor Chris Hickey
Email the Chair

Deputy Chair of the Academic Board
Associate Professor Jo Coldwell-Neilson

Secretary to the Academic Board
Karen McFarlane
+61 3 5563 3232
Email the Secretary

Executive Assistant
Marise Wilson
+61 3 5227 8561
Email the Executive Assistant