Dear Colleagues 

Further to our email communication of 17 July 2013, we write to provide you with an update to the 2013 Faculty Review process.

May we first of all express our sincere appreciation to all colleagues for the positive and cooperative way in which you have engaged in this process and for your time in making written submissions.

The review commenced with no pre-determined outcomes. As outlined in Issues Paper 1 (released in February 2013), it was driven by a number of broad issues and concerns. In May 2013, Issues Paper 2 was released. On the basis of responses to Issues Paper 1 and the Committee's deliberations, Issues Paper 2 proposed a number of options for the possible restructuring of the faculties and outlined several matters on which further feedback was sought. Following consultation and consideration of the Stage 2 submissions, the Formal Proposal, released to members of staff on 17 July 2013, outlined the recommendations of the Faculty Review Committee.

Following the release of the Formal Proposal on 17 July 2013, four staff information sessions were held at Herston, Ipswich and St Lucia campuses. 25 submissions were received in response to the Formal Proposal.

In light of the outcomes of the Stage 3 consultation process and the Faculty Review Committee's subsequent deliberations, the Vice-Chancellor's Committee discussed the Formal Proposal in detail and accepted the recommendations and consequential actions as set out in the Amended Formal Proposal.

The President and Vice-Chancellor will submit the Review Committee's Amended Formal Proposal to the 29 August 2013 meeting of Senate for consideration. Subject to Senate approval, the implementation of the proposed changes will be overseen by a Faculty Change Implementation Steering Committee.

The Review Committee has determined that the proposed changes will position The University of Queensland for continued future success, to achieve institutional goals and meet external challenges. Specifically, the Committee has determined:

  • That benefits can be realised by ensuring sufficient 'scale' in major organisational entities, including capacity and headroom to build academic critical mass and leverage new opportunities;

  • That the establishment of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences will enable benefits of disciplinary coherence underpinned by strong teaching and research programs and collaborations;

  • That the establishment of the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences will promote a coherent focus on health and well-being underpinned by a clear integrative theme related to preventative health and behaviour change;

  • That the establishment of the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will position the University to compete effectively in the emerging 'translational environment' by co-locating schools and institutes from the pre-clinical sciences through to hospital-based research institutes and population and global health programs.

The next steps in the 2013 Faculty Review process are outlined below:

Timeline Activity

31 July

Consultation on the Formal Proposal closed

August

Meetings of the working groups commenced

5 August

Recommendations considered by the Vice-Chancellor's Committee

12 August

Consideration of the Amended Formal Proposal by the University Senior Management Group

12 August

Consideration of the Amended Formal Proposal by a special meeting of the Academic Board

15 August

Consideration of the Amended Formal Proposal by the Standing Committees for Change – Joint meeting of both committees (Academic and Professional Staff)

29 August

Consideration of the Amended Formal Proposal by Senate

4 September

First meeting of the Faculty Change Implementation Steering Committee (pending Senate approval)

The Faculty Review 2013 welcomes feedback and you are asked to contact facultyreview2013@uq.edu.au with any queries.

We appreciate that the recommended changes are significant and will be of interest to many in the UQ community.  Once again we thank you for engaging in this important review.

With warm regards

Professor Peter Høj
President and Vice-Chancellor
Professor Debbie Terry
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor
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