The Student Experience Committee addresses priority issues regarding improvement projects and initiatives, and sponsors a coordinated and coherent University-wide strategy pertaining to the quality of the UQ student experience that is not connected to matters of curriculum or teaching and learning quality and policies. Such priorities might include strengthening of English language proficiency support, work integrated learning and employability services, transition and orientation programs.

2018 meeting dates are to be confirmed shortly.

General information

  • Reporting to: Academic Board
  • Contact: Ms Helen Harris—Director, Student Experience Development
  • Version (effective date): v7 (9 November 2016)
  • Sub-committees: Student Services Amenities Fees Sub-Committee; Working Groups/Working Parties on a ‘needs’ basis
  • Quorum:  10
  • Notes: abbreviated as SEC

Terms of Reference

The Student Experience Committee promotes, sponsors and supports a coordinated and coherent University-wide strategy pertaining to the quality of the UQ student experience, a fundamental component of the University’s Strategic Plan and the underpinning tenet of the Student Strategy.

Specifically the role of the Committee is to:

  1. guide and oversee the conceptualisation, development, implementation and performance measurement of University strategies and targets aimed at delivering key enhancements to the broader student experience;
  2. formulate recommendations and policy to enhance the non-class based student experience, undertaking this function in conjunction with other relevant committees of the University and in particular with the Teaching and Learning Committee;
  3. monitor relevant trends and review on an annual basis all data relating to the student experience, including benchmarking against other institutions (top 3 performers and relevant market comparators) and ensuring these data are utilised to underpin ongoing work priorities;
  4. review and make recommendations on the expenditure of SSAF revenue including setting priorities and monitoring outcomes;
  5. monitor and promote good practice in relation to faculty and central student experience initiatives including their alignment with relevant strategies and targets;
  6. work closely with, provide advice to, make recommendations to and accept requests for support from other committees on matters relating to the student experience; and
  7. advise on the performance and priorities of student facing services


  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (Chair)
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)
  • Chief Executive Officer, UQ Sport
  • President, University of Queensland Union, or nominee
  • President, UQ Chapter of University Colleges Australia, or nominee      
  • President, Academic Board, or nominee
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International), or nominee
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement), or nominee
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor, or nominee
  • Dean of Graduate School, or nominee
  • UQ Librarian, or nominee
  • Director, Information Technology Services, or nominee
  • Director, Academic Services Division and Academic Registrar, or nominee
  • Director, Student Affairs Division, or nominee
  • Director, Office of Planning and Business Intelligence, or nominee
  • Two Associate Deans (Academic) nominated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
  • One international student nominated by UQ International
  • One undergraduate student nominated by University of Queensland Union
  • One postgraduate coursework student nominated by UQ Association of Postgraduate Students
  • One research higher degree student nominated by UQ Association of Postgraduate Students
  • One faculty student administration manager nominated by the Associate Deans (Academic)

The Chair may co-opt other members to the Committee as required.

Administrative Arrangements

The Committee will meet two or three times a year.  Additional meetings may be scheduled if needed.  The work of the committee will be supported by active working groups/working parties.

Term of appointment: staff members – 2 years, student members – 1 year.

Planning and Review

The SEC should set annual goals for its operations. A review report should be submitted annually to the Academic Board that addresses performance against annual goals, each term of reference, as well as reporting on the attendance record of members.

Membership category Role Name Unit/affiliation
Ex officio Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (Chairperson) Professor Joanne Wright  
Ex officio Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) Professor Doune Macdonald  
Ex officio Chief Executive Officer, UQ Sport Mr Bryan Pryde  
Ex officio President of the Board or nominee Professor Peter Adams Deputy President of the Board, nominee
Ex officio Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) or nominee vacant  
Ex officio Pro-Vice-Chancellor or nominee Professor Alan Rix  
Ex officio Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) or nominee Mr Shane Drahm Nominee
Ex officio UQ Librarian or nominee Mr Bob Gerrity  
Ex officio Director, Information Technology Services or nominee Mr Rob Moffat  
Ex officio Academic Registrar or nominee Mr Mark Erickson  
Ex officio Director, Student Affairs Division or nominee Mr Andrew Lee  
Ex officio Director, Office of Planning and Management Information or nominee Dr Clare Hourigan  
Ex officio President, UQ Union or nominee Barani Ganapathi Nominee
Ex officio President, UQ Chapter of University Colleges Australia or nominee Dr Lyndall Bryant The Women's College
Appointed Associate Dean (Academic) nominated by the DVC(A) Professor Julie Duck Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Appointed Associate Dean (Academic) nominated by the DVC(A) Associate Professor Geoff Marks Faculty of Medicine
Appointed International student nominated by UQ International Mr Muhammad Hassaan Shahid  
Appointed Undergraduate student nominated by UQ Union Ms Sabina Rooney  
Appointed Postgraduate student nominated by UQ APS Mr Pranav Paranjpe  
Appointed Research higher degree student nominated by UQ APS Mr Partha Mishra  
Appointed Faculty student administration manager nominated by AD(A)s Ms Sue Chapple  
Co-opted Other Professor Alastair McEwan Dean, UQ Graduate School
Secretariat Secretary Ms Andrea Strachan Director Student Services
Secretariat Assistant Secretary Ms Majella Card DVC(A) Office

* As on 22 March 2017

Agendas and minutes are available to SEC members and UQ staff on SEC SharePoint site.