Our focus is to be active representatives for postgraduate students across the University.

We represent students on the following University committees/boards/councils:

  • ANU Council
    The University is governed by a 15 member Council, whose duties include: providing strategic oversight of the University; ensuring effective overall management, appointing the University's senior leadership; and ensuring responsible financial and risk management.
  • Academic Board
    Academic Board is tasked with ensuring the University maintains the highest standards in teaching, scholarship and research. The Board reviews academic policy recommendations, approves degrees and other awards and provides a forum to facilitate information flow and debate within the University and between the senior executive officers of the University and the wider academic community. At each Board meeting at least one hot topic item is discussed by the Board.
  • University Research Committee
    The University Research Committee advises the Academic Board and the Vice-Chancellor on matters relating to the quality and standard of ANU research, and on major issues of research relevant to strategic plans and overarching policy.
  • Academic Quality Assurance Committee
    The objective of the Committee is to monitor, advise and provide assurance to the Academic Board on the quality of the educational programs and activities of the University.
  • Teaching and Learning Development Committee
    The objective of the Committee is to monitor and advise the Academic Board on the development of teaching and learning within the University.
  • Mental Health Advisory Group
    Mental illness is a major public health problem in the general community with one in five Australians experiencing a mental disorder in any one year and 45% experiencing a mental illness during their lifetime. Many of these problems first emerge in young people.  Now, there is increasing recognition that mental health problems are particularly prevalent among university students with rates of mental illness higher among students than their peers outside the university system. Not only are mental illnesses among university students responsible for substantial personal distress and increased risk of suicide they can also significantly disrupt a student's academic progress and research output. Addressing these issues requires an all-of-university community response. Recognising this and the need to more systematically and effectively address the mental health problems on campus, the Advisory Group will:
    • Identify key mental health issues in the ANU community.
    • Identify proactive preventative initiatives.
    • Priorities in mental health, both short and long-term.
    • Review current policies and procedures for addressing mental health issues in the University.
    • Make recommendations on the most effective means for considering mental health within the University governance structures.
  • Student Experience Committee
    The Student Experience Committee is a sub-committee of the University Education Committee to
    • Develop, monitor and review University programs and projects designed to enhance the student experience.
    • Monitor issues affecting the student experience and make recommendations to address them.
    • Advise University Education Committee and Academic Board and the Vice-Chancellor on national and international developments in the enhancement of the student experience.
    • Liaise with College Committees to coordinate enhancements to the student experience.
    • Consider and report on any matter referred to it by the University Education Committee or the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) 
  • Higher Degree Research Committee
    The Higher Degree Research Committee is a sub-committee of the University Research Committee. It is responsible for the provision of information and advice to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Training) on matters relating to research training.
  • Appeals Committee
    The Appeals Panel is established under section 13 of the Appeals Rules 2015. The Registrar appoints Appeals Committees to hear and determine appeals on matters of student discipline and academic misconduct, by drawing from the membership of the Panel. All appointments to the Appeals Panel are made by the Academic Board.
  • University Access and Equity Committee
    The University Access & Equity Committee advises the Vice-Chancellor and the University Executive on the quality and standard of student access and equity at ANU and on major issues of access, equity and community relevant to the University's strategic plans and overarching policy.
  • Campus Advisory Forum
    The Campus Advisory Forum (CAF) will have representatives from ANU Colleges, Service Division and Facilities and Services. Its general terms are to advice on the effective use of the campus and the facilities provided. The matters on which the forum will advise are:
    • Landscape
    • Pathways
    • Lighting
    • Security
    • Parking
    • Access
    • Maintenance
    • Project Major/minor
  • UniSafe Committee
    The UniSafe Committee aims to:
    • support and promote the development of a safe, respectful and inclusive living and learning community through supporting campus community based safety education programmes. 
    • monitor and review student and staff safety including threats to personal safety.
    • provide advice and make recommendations on student wellbeing and safety as appropriate to the ANU Council, Student Experience Committee, Risk Management and Audit Committee, Staff Consultative Committee, ANU Security senior management and the Vice-Chancellor (as appropriate) on safety-based programmes, policies and procedures.
    • assist the University to raise levels of awareness and promotion of safety
    • promote the development of a risk reduction and pro-safety culture
    • assist the University to review and monitor campus spaces in order to increase safety levels
    • assist the University to review and monitor campus activities/practices in order to increase safety levels
  • Environment Management Planning Committee
  • Childcare Liaison Committee
    The purpose of the ANU Child Care Liaison Committee is to enhance the communication between the ANU and the child care service providers on campus to support the provision of high quality child care services to staff and students. The Facilities and Services Division (F&S) has been nominated as an interim contact point for the University for Child Care Matters both at an operational and strategic level, and will establish liaison arrangements with relevant stakeholders.
  • Technology Enhanced Learning Group
    The Technology Enhanced Learning Group is made up of representatives of stakeholder groups, including each college, ANUSA/PARSA and related service groups. It supports the operation and development of Wattle through advice to ANU Online Steering Committee and consultation with the Wattle Business Solutions Group (BSG). It usually meets 6-weekly.
  • Student Extracurricular Enrichment Fund (SEEF) Committee
    The Student Extracurricular Enrichment Fund (SEEF) is designed to support student programs that enrich the students’ extracurricular experience at the Australian National University. The Postgraduate and Research Students’ Association (PARSA) administer SEEF, with a Committee comprising of student and staff representatives assessing and approving grant applications.
  • Clubs Council
    The Clubs Council replaced the Grants and Affiliations Committee in 2016. Affiliated Clubs can apply for funding through the council for a wide range of activities and events.
  • Postgraduate Residences Committee
  • Student Associations Finances Committee
  • Board of Governers, University Endowment for Excellence
    The Endowment for Excellence is overseen by an independent Board of Governors, who report annually to the University's Council on the business of the Endowment. The overall pool of funds and investment strategy for the Endowment is overseen by the University Investment Committee, in consultation with the Director of the Endowment for Excellence.
  • Honorary Degrees Committee
    The Honorary Degrees Committee is a Committee of Council. The Committee provides advice and makes recommendations to the Council on proposals for the awarding of an honorary degree by the University. The Committee operates under the auspices of the Honorary Degrees Rules 2015, and a charter, as approved by the Council.
  • Committee for the Graduate Accommodation, Emergency Graduate Accommodation and Disability Graduate Accommodation Bursaries
    ANU accommodation bursaries are designed to assist full time ANU students, established in permanent accommodation, who are experiencing unexpected financial hardship. Priority may be given to students nearing the end of their studies and needing assistance to complete. All applications are considered by a committee and lodging an application does not guarantee a bursary will be awarded.
  • University House Board of Fellows
    The Board of Fellows comprises up to 9 members, drawn from the Academic Staff of the University, from the Membership of the House, from the general community, and from the ANU Postgraduate and Research Students’ Association.The Board meets regularly throughout the year, and provides advice to the Master on the full range of activities conducted by University and Graduate House.
  • The ANU Sport & Recreation Association Council
    The Sport and Recreation Council has, in addition to any other powers conferred upon it by the Constitution, power
    • to investigate complaints and grievances, and take such action as it considers necessary in the interests of a member or members of the Association
    • to grant affiliation with the Association to any club consisting of members of the Association and to cancel the affiliation of any affiliated club that admits to membership persons who are not members of the Association
    • to fine, or cancel or suspend the affiliation of an affiliated club the conduct of which, or of the members of which, is, in the opinion of the Sport and Recreation Council, detrimental to the interests of amateur sport and physical recreation in the University
    • to fine, or exclude from membership of any affiliated club in accordance with the regulations of this Constitution, any member who:
      • contravenes a provision of this Constitution; or
      • is guilty of conduct that, in the opinion of the Sport and Recreation Council, is detrimental to the interest of amateur sport and physical recreation in the University; or
      • who causes damage to any property under the control of the Association or an affiliated club.
    • to settle disputes between affiliated sports clubs
  • ANU Finance Committee
    The Finance Committee is a Committee of Council. The Committee provides advice to the Council on the University's management of its financial resources and of its subsidiaries and commercial activities. The Committee operates under a charter, as approved by the Council. PARSA only attends these meetings as an observer.
  • ANU Intern Reference Group
  • ANU Union Board
    The Union Board is the governing body of the ANU Union. It is responsible for keeping the management of the ANU Union accountable, ensuring fiscal stability and guiding the Union’s strategic direction. The Board conducts these functions through regular Board meetings and through liaison with the Business Manager. The Board is made up of nine Directors: six undergraduates, one post graduate, and two university representatives.
  • Library Advisory Committee
    The Library Advisory Committee (LAC) provides an avenue for consultation on Library operations between Library and Archives users and the staff. In providing advice on potential policies, strategies and priorities, the LAC works with the University Librarian to ensure the Library’s materials budget is utilised effectively for collections that support students and academics. The Library and Archives actively seek input into their activities and directions.?
  • University Naming Committee
    The Naming Committee provides advice to Council on the naming of University assets, whether physical (such as buildings, roads and open spaces) or non-physical (such as scholarships, lectureships and professorial chairs).
  • Respectful Relationships Working Group
    The Respectful Relationships Working Group (RRWG) will be responsible for providing expertise and advice to the Respectful Relationships Steering Group (RRSG), and ensuring that strategies developed by the RRSG are effectively implemented.  The RRSG will oversee the development of whole of university strategies aimed at both staff and students to address sexism, sexual assault and sexual harassment on campus. A priority for the Steering Group is assisting the ANU implement the recommendations of the Australian Human Rights Commission Report Change the Course.
  • Respectful Relationships Steering Group
    The Steering Group will oversee the development of whole of university strategies aimed at both staff and students to address sexism, sexual assault and sexual harassment on campus. A priority for the Steering Group is assisting the ANU implement the recommendations of the Australian Human Rights Commission report Change the Course. The Steering Group will be assisted in this task by a Working Group that will be responsible for ensuring that strategies are effectively implemented. This working group will regularly report back to the Steering Group on progress in implementation.
  • Campus Development Committee
    The CDC has the primary function to provide the University Council, Executive and Senior Management with confidence that projects considered, planned or being undertaken on campus meet the requirements of the Campus (and remote sites) Master Plans and principles of the Precinct Codes, consider the built form and environmental aspects of the continuing development of the campus and comply with any development codes.
  • HDR Admissions Project
  • HDR Examination Project
  • Redefining the ANU PhD Committee
    The Committee of Inquiry will facilitate an expansive discussion on the contemporary PhD and ANU’s role in supporting its graduates in attaining an internationally competitive doctoral qualification and world-class graduate outcomes. The Committee will meet between July and November 2017 and produce a Green Paper for consideration by key stakeholders in the University community.
  • HDR Student Consult Committee
  • Campus Planning Committee
    The objective of the Committee is to monitor and advise Council on matters relating to the planning and development of the University’s major property and physical infrastructure. PARSA only attends these meetings as an observer.
  • Alumni Awards Committee
  • Gala Awards Steering Committee
    The committee develops the policies and procedures governing the awards including:
    • Award categories
    • Selection criteria
    • Nominations process
    • Eligibility
    • Selection committee
    • Notifications process
    • Prizes and awards
    • Gala award event (timing, style of event, host, entertainment etc)
  • Tenancy Selection Committee (Union Court)
  • Project Control Group (Union Court)
  • Family Friendly Committee
    The ANU Family Friendly committee is a new group of people across campus that are joining together to improve the ANU campus for all ANU parents.
  • Course Evaluations Review Committee
    Following extensive discussion at University Education Committee (UEC) 6/2016, the Associate Dean (Education) of CECS, and the Deputy Dean (Education), Colleges of Science were tasked with developing a new framework for the review, reporting and improvement of Student Experience of Learning Support (SELS) results. In collaboration with Planning and Performance Measurement (PPM), and after discussion with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) the targeted framework was expanded to include the process of course review (and reporting) for teaching and learning enhancement more generally.
  • ANU Colleges Education Committees
    The College Education Committees have responsibility for the following tasks:
    • Advise the Executive on issues relating to education
    • Advise the University Education Committee and Academic Board on the quality and standard of the University’s undergraduate and graduate education activities, and on major issues of education and research training (excluding HDR issues) relevant to strategic plans and overarching policy related to the College
    • Develop and implement the College education strategy, or education related aspects of the college strategy
    • Oversee educational offerings across the College, including undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs at both school and college level
    • Develop and oversee the delivery of college-level programs
    • Develop mechanisms to facilitate the cooperation in educational offerings between different schools, and increase the efficiency of the delivery of education across the College
    • Sit as the mark moderation committee for all undergraduate courses in the school
    • Inform schools regarding relevant University and broader policy developments
    • Provide feedback to the University on education related matters
    • Consider time-sensitive course, subplan and program proposals, amendments or disestablishments which could not be considered by the Curriculum Subcommittee
  • ANU Colleges Research Committees
    The College Research Committees have responsibility for the following tasks:
    • Guide and monitor the development of HDR education (coursework and supervision) in the College
    • Guide HDR supervision and coursework quality objectives of the College
    • Provide strategic advice to the College Head on HDR issues
    • Consider and comment on matters associated with HDR studies and admission
    • Receive and consider proposals concerning HDR coursework from the Research Schools and the University
    • Advise on rules and regulations relating to HDR education
    • Make recommendations on the award of ANU-wide domestic and international HDR scholarships
    • Make recommendations on the award of HDR prizes
    • Provide advice to the College Head as may be required.

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