The Research and Innovation Committee, a Committee of the Academic Board, promotes and supports the research goals in the University’s Strategic Plan. It is a key mechanism for developing the strategy and policy to ensure sustained excellence and impact in research, innovation and knowledge transfer..

2022 meeting dates

Meeting NumberLocationDate and time
RC 2022/01 MeetingSenate Room (BWC) 61ATuesday, 18 January 2022, 14:00
RC 2022/02 MeetingSenate Room (BWC) 61ATuesday, 8 March 2022, 14:00
RC 2022/03 MeetingSenate Room (BWC) 61ATuesday, 24 May 2022, 14:00
RC 2022/04 MeetingSenate Room (BWC) 61ATuesday, 26 July 2022, 14:00
RC 2022/05 MeetingSenate Room (BWC) 61ATuesday, 20 September 2022, 14:00
RC 2022/06 MeetingSenate Room (BWC) 61ATuesday, 15 November 2022, 14:00

 

General information

  • Committee: Research and Innovation Committee
  • Reporting to: Academic Board
  • Contact: Ms Sarah Brown, Deputy Director, Research Strategy, Planning and Performance
  • Version (effective date): version 25 (8 September 2022)
  • Sub-Committees: nil
  • Quorum: 50% of voting membership plus one

Terms of Reference

The Research and Innovation Committee, a Committee of the Academic Board, promotes and supports the research goals in the University’s Strategic Plan. It is a key mechanism for developing the strategy and policy to ensure sustained excellence and impact in research, innovation and knowledge transfer.

The powers, duties and functions of the Research and Innovation Committee shall be—

  • to formulate recommendations and policy for the strategic development of research with the aims of enhancing the University’s research performance, research environment and research impact. This function is undertaken in conjunction with other relevant committees of the University; 
  • to monitor performance against the research objectives and goals of the University’s Strategic Plan;
  • to evaluate and advise on national and international trends in research funding and in performance assessment;
  • to monitor trends in State and Federal government policies, and evaluate their impact on the research environment;
  • to review proposals for change to academic policy and procedures related to research, and to ensure that the library of research policies align with the UQ Governance and Management Framework;
  • to consider proposals for the establishment of institutes and research centres, providing advice to the Academic Board through the Academic Board Standing Committee, on the suitability of the proposed research activities and key performance indicators. 
  • to advise on any other research-related matters that may from time to time be referred to it; and
  • to submit reports to the Academic Board  consisting of a summary of recommendations and outcomes of its meetings, and upcoming business.

Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021

Research Committee contributes to the University of Queensland meeting the requirements of the following Domains and Standards within the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021 (HESF 2021): 

  • Domain 4 Research and Research Training
    • Standard 4.1 – Research
    • Standard 4.2 – Research Training
  • Domain 5 Institutional Quality Assurance 
    • Standard 5.2 – Academic and Research Integrity 
    • Standard 5.3 – Monitoring, Review and Improvement 
  • Domain 6 Governance and Accountability
    • Standard 6.1 – Corporate Governance
    • Standard 6.2 – Corporate Monitoring and Accountability
  • Domain 7 Representation, Information and Information Management 
    • Standard 7.2 – Information for Prospective and Current Students 

Composition

Ex-Officio           
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) (Chair)
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) (Deputy Chair)
  • President of the Academic Board or nominee
  • University Librarian
  • Chair, Higher Degrees by Research Committee, Dean of the Graduate School
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Researcher Development)
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Infrastructure)
  • Executive Director, Research Partnerships 
  • Executive Director, Research Translation and Impact
  • Executive Director, Research Office
Appointed         
  • Associate Dean (Research) or nominee, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
  • Associate Dean (Research) or nominee, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
  • Associate Dean (Research) or nominee, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
  • Associate Dean (Research) or nominee, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Associate Dean (Research) or nominee, Faculty of Medicine
  • Associate Dean (Research) or nominee, Faculty of Science
  • A representative of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences or Faculty of Business, Economics and Law nominated by jointly by the Executive Deans of these Faculties
  • Deputy Director (Research) or nominee of Director, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
  • Deputy Director (Research) or nominee of Director, Institute for Molecular Bioscience
  • Deputy Director (Research) or nominee of Director, Queensland Brain Institute
  • Deputy Director (Research) or nominee of Director, Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Deputy Director (Research) or nominee of Director, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) or nominee, Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement)
  • a representative of UniQuest senior management, nominated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
  • a representative of early career researcher staff, nominated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) (for a 12-month term)
  • a HDR candidate representative of postgraduate research students nominated by the UQ Association of Postgraduate Students (for a 12-month term)
  • Two elected members of the Academic Board nominated by the Academic Board Standing Committee

Observers

  • Director, Graduate School
  • Director, Research Ethics and Integrity
  • Director, Research Infrastructure
  • Director, Research Commercial Management
  • Director, Research Strategy, Planning and Performance
  • Academic Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit
  • Director, Researcher Development

The Committee has the power to invite other staff when required.

Administrative Arrangements

Secretariat services provided from Research Strategy, Planning and Performance Office.

CategoryRoleNameUnit/Affiliation
Ex officioDeputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) (Chairperson)Professor Mark BlowsOffice of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
Ex officioPro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) (Deputy Chairperson)VacantOffice of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Ex officioPresident of the Board or nomineeProfessor Craig FranklinPresident of the Academic Board 
Ex officioUniversity LibrarianMs Caroline WilliamsLibrary Corporate Services
Ex officioChairperson, Higher Degrees by Research Committee, Dean of Graduate SchoolAssociate Professor Pierre Benckendorff (Acting)Dean, Graduate School
Ex officioPro-Vice-Chancellor (Researcher Development)Professor Alastair McEwanPro-Vice-Chancellor (Researcher Development)
Ex officioPro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Infrastructure)Professor Paul BonningtonPro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Infrastructure)
Ex officioExecutive Director, Research PartnershipsMr Paul NichollsExecutive Director, Research Partnerships 
Ex officioExecutive Director, Research Translation & ImpactProfessor Rachel ParkerExecutive Director, Research Translation & Impact
Ex officioExecutive Director, Research OfficeDr Jodi Clyde-SmithExecutive Director, Research Office
AppointedAssociate Dean (Research) or nomineeProfessor Martie-Louise VerreynneFaculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL)
AppointedAssociate Dean (Research) or nomineeProfessor Matthew DarguschFaculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (EAIT)
AppointedAssociate Dean (Research) or nomineeProfessor Gregory MonteithFaculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences (HABS)
AppointedAssociate Dean (Research) or nomineeProfessor Annemaree CarrollFaculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)
AppointedAssociate Dean (Research) or nomineeProfessor Karen MoritzFaculty of Medicine
AppointedAssociate Dean (Research) or nomineeProfessor Jenny SeddonFaculty of Science
AppointedA representative of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences or Faculty of Business, Economics and Law nominated by jointly by the Executive Deans of these FacultiesAssociate Professor Anna JohnstonFaculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
AppointedDeputy Director (Research) or nominee of DirectorProfessor Andrew WhittakerAustralian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN)
AppointedDeputy Director (Research) or nominee of DirectorProfessor Denise DoolanInstitute of Molecular Biology
AppointedDeputy Director (Research) or nominee of DirectorAssociate Professor Heather SmythQueensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI)
AppointedDeputy Director (Research) or nominee of DirectorProfessor Helen CooperQueensland Brain Institute (QBI)
AppointedDeputy Director (Research) or nominee of DirectorProfessor Daniel FranksSustainable Minerals Institute (SMI)
AppointedPro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) or nomineeProfessor Brendan HokowhituOffice of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement)
AppointedA representative of UniQuest senior management, nominated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)Dr Dean MossUniQuest
AppointedA representative of early career researcher staff, nominated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) (for a 12-month term)Dr Kristina LudlowSchool of Psychology
AppointedA HDR candidate representative of postgraduate research students, nominated by the UQ Association of Postgraduate Students (for a 12-month term)Mr Timothy Hirsch 
AppointedElected member of the Academic Board nominated by the Academic Board Standing CommitteeProfessor Daniel RodriguezQueensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
AppointedElected member of the Academic Board nominated by the Academic Board Standing CommitteeProfessor Amin AbboshSchool of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
ObserverObserverProfessor Tracey BundaAcademic Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit
ObserverObserverMs Belinda BernDirector, Graduate School
ObserverObserverDr Amberyn ThomasDirector, Learning and Research Services, UQ Library
ObserverObserverMrs Lisa KennedyDirector, Research Commercial Management
ObserverObserverDr Marc KamkeDirector, Research Ethics and Integrity
ObserverObserverAssociate Professor Kevin JackDirector, Research Infrastructure
ObserverObserverVacantDirector, Research Strategy, Planning and Performance
ObserverObserverVacantDirector, Researcher Development
SecretariatSecretaryMs Sarah BrownActing Deputy Director, Research Strategy, Planning and Performance, Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
SecretariatAssistant SecretaryMs Tayo AdeniyiResearch Policy and Governance Coordinator, Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

* As at 23 November 2022