The University is governed by a 22-member Senate representing University and community interests, led by the Chancellor and the Deputy Chancellor. The first year of a four-year term of the 33rd Senate began on 1 January 2014. The University of Queensland Act 1998 empowers Senate to fulfil its functions, including to:

  • appoint staff;
  • manage and control the University’s affairs and property; and
  • manage and control the University’s finances.

Senate must act in the way that appears to it most likely to promote UQ’s interests. Senate may delegate its powers under the Act to:

  • an appropriately qualified member of the Senate; or
  • an appropriately qualified committee that includes one or more members of the Senate; or
  • an appropriately qualified member of the University’s staff.

Senate may not delegate its power to make University statutes or rules; adopt the University’s annual budget; or approve spending of funds available to the University by way of bequests, donations or special grants.

Senate has specific responsibilities to:

  • appoint the Vice-Chancellor as the Chief Executive Officer of the University and monitor the Vice-Chancellor’s performance;
  • approve the University’s mission and strategic direction, and the annual budget and business plan;
  • oversee and review management of the University and its performance;
  • establish policy and procedural principles, consistent with legal requirements and community expectations;
  • approve and monitor systems of control and accountability, including general overview of any controlled entities, as defined by the test of control in s50AA of the Corporations Act;
  • oversee and monitor the assessment and management of risk across the University, including commercial undertakings;
  • oversee and monitor the University’s academic activities in the light of advice from the Vice-Chancellor and Academic Board; and
  • approve significant commercial activities undertaken by the University.

Members of Senate have duties and responsibilities to:

  • act in the University’s best interests;
  • act honestly and in good faith;
  • disclose relevant third-party interests and avoid conflicts of interest;
  • exercise a duty of care, skill and diligence;
  • exercise a duty of confidence;
  • familiarise themselves with Standing Orders and understand operating protocols for the conduct of business;
  • understand the work of the University;
  • observe confidentiality protocols;
  • develop linkages and use networks on behalf of the University to assist in achieving its goals; and
  • be able and willing to participate in the work of Senate and its boards and committees through regular attendance at meetings.
About the Senate section

Composition of the 33rd Senate

Official Members Chancellor Mr John D Story, BA Qld, LLB Qld, FAICD ...
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