QUT Council and committees

QUT Council

QUT Council is our governing body, responsible for the effective governance and operations of the university.

Council members include:

  • professionals and representatives from higher education, government, commerce and industry
  • elected QUT staff members, students and alumni
  • our chief executive officer, the Vice-Chancellor.

Council's composition, membership, powers and responsibilities are governed by the QUT Act 1998 (PDF file, 370 KB) .

Members

Council members serve a four-year term, except for student Council members who serve a two-year term. There are 22 members on QUT Council in official, elected and appointed positions.

The Chancellor

The Chancellor is the formal head of the university, and works closely with the Vice-Chancellor. The position is elected by Council, and the Chancellor is the chair of the governing body and is responsible for the efficient operation of Council.

The term of office for Chancellor is usually 5 years.

Find out more about the role of the Chancellor in the Manual of Policies and Procedures, or via the University Chancellors Council website.

Responsibilities

Council can:

  • establish committees
  • delegate power to committees or officers
  • authorise committees or officers to make decisions relating to prescribed policy and procedural matters.

While Council is ultimately responsible for the management of QUT, it has delegated authority to the Vice-Chancellor, and to various senior administrators for day-to-day management of the university, according to our schedule of authorities and delegations.

Meetings and reports

In 2017, Council meetings are scheduled for:

  • 27 February
  • 4 May
  • 14 June
  • 9 August
  • 11 October
  • 6 December.

Summaries of the activities of Council and its committees are published periodically as reports.

Council committees

QUT Council recognises that the contribution and involvement of QUT committees and members is critical for decision-making and effective corporate governance. Several committees assist Council in its operations. These committees report directly to Council:

  • Alumni Board, chaired by Mrs Kerri McConnel
  • Audit and Risk Management Committee, chaired by Ms Teresa Handicott
  • Chancellor's Committee, chaired by Mr Tim Fairfax
  • Planning and Resources Committee, chaired by Dr John Puttick
  • University Academic Board, chaired by Professor Carol Dickenson.

The Vice-Chancellor reports directly to Council and has established various committees to meet compliance obligations and contribute to specific management functions.

Awards and honours conferred by Council

Honorary doctorates

A person may be awarded a Doctor of the University by Council for distinguished service to the community, QUT or scholarship. Honorary doctorates are conferred at a graduation ceremony. A full list of recipients and more information is available by contacting our Director of Governance and Legal Services, Tania Meggitt.

QUT Life Fellows

QUT Council has awarded the title of Life Fellow to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of QUT over a long period.

Our Life Fellows are:

  • Ian Cameron, AM, BE(Hons) Qld, FIEAust, FICE, FASCE. Chairperson of Council 1983-1987
  • Alexander Fraser, AO, BSc(Eng), BE(Civil), PhD, DIC Lond, MIEAust, FAIM. Foundation Director of QIT 1965-1981 (deceased)
  • Mervyn Hegarty, AM, MSc, PhD, FRACI. Council Member 1971-1975, Deputy Chairperson of Council 1975-1980 (deceased)
  • Jack Parkinson, OBE, BArch Qld, DUniv, LFRAIA, RIBA. Deputy Chairperson of Council 1971-1974, Chairperson of Council 1974-1983 (deceased)
  • Victor Pullar, AO, BEng(Hons) Qld, DUniv, FIEAust. Chairperson of Council 1987-1989, Chancellor 1989-1994 (deceased)
  • Roy Wallace, AM, DipMEE, MIEAust, FAIM. Council Member 1971-1988 (deceased)
  • Brian Waters, OAM, BCom Qld, AAUQ (Prov). Secretary to Council 1975-1995.