Board & Committee Representatives

The PGSA is proud to have committee representatives on many of the boards and committees around the University, covering every faculty. These boards and committees look at many issues including new courses, resources and space, fees, policy and processes that affect students and staff. Our representatives make sure the views of our students are considered, and contribute towards improving the postgraduate experience at Victoria. Being a postgraduate committee representative offers a valuable insight into the University’s administrative processes, providing experience that is beneficial to future careers in academia and elsewhere.

 The PGSA representatives’ main role is to bring the postgraduate perspective to matters being considered by the board or committee. Duties involve: regularly attending meetings during the course of the academic year; actively listening, questioning and discussing matters that affect postgraduate students in these meetings; reading papers that are distributed prior to meetings; writing a short monthly report on such issues for the consideration of the PGSA executive; supporting and publicising PGSA initiatives.

Committee representatives also function an informal point of contact for the student body. Discussions with their peers allows our representatives to attend meetings with a clearer idea of the postgraduate student perspective, and to communicate matters appropriately to their departments. If you’re not sure who the postgraduate representative(s) for your faculty is, get in touch with the PGSA and ask!


Represent Your Fellow Students

We are always looking for more postgraduates to represent the PGSA on boards and committees, and often have places for more than one student per committee. As well as the chance to represent the postgraduate community, committee representatives can gain points towards the Victoria Plus Award, and receive a complimentary invitation to the annual PGSA Victorias Awards. We also hold regular morning teas for our representatives throughout the year. Please contact us using the link below if you are interested in becoming a committee representative, letting us know which faculty you study in.

Current Vacancies

There are currently vacancies on the following committees:

  • Faculty of Architecture and Design Academic Committee

  • Faculty of Architecture and Design Research Committee

  • Faculty of Health Board

  • Faculty of Law Research and Postgraduate Committee

  • Faculty of Law Learning and Teaching Committee

  • Faculty of Science Academic Teaching and Learning Committee

  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Board (from May 2019)

Academic Board

The purpose of the Board is to advise the Council on matters relating to courses of study, awards, and other academic matters, and to exercise powers delegated by the Council and the Vice Chancellor. In so doing, the Board shall honour and promote the University’s purpose, roles and responsibilities as specified in the Education Act and the Victoria University of Wellington Charter. The Academic Board Statute defines the membership, functions and powers of the Board.

The Board appoints advisory committees in accordance with section 4.6(c) of the Academic Board Statute, or delegates power to a group of staff members. The currently appointed committees of the Board are the Faculty Boards and Toihuarewa, the Academic Committee, the Research Committee, the Learning and Teaching Strategy Committee, the Library and Information Services Committee, and the University Entry Committee.

PGSA Rep: Priyanka Roy

 
 

Academic Committee

The Academic Committee is a sub-committee of the Academic Board. It advises the Board on the quality of the University’s academic programmes. The Academic Committee scrutinises proposals for new qualifications and courses as well as changes to existing programmes and courses. It also monitors the University’s academic statutes and policies more generally. The Academic Committee’s convenor is the Vice-Provost (Academic and Equity). The Committee has representatives from all faculties, including Toihuarewa, as well as student members and representatives from student administration. All proposals submitted to the Academic Committee for consideration must have the approval of the relevant faculty board(s).

PGSA Rep: Priyanka Roy

University Research Committee

The University Research Committee is a sub-committee of the Academic Board and the overall research management body that provides strategic leadership in research. The committee advises the Academic Board on all matters relating to research strategy, policy and research management within the University; monitors the allocation of all Academic Leave; monitors the reporting, evaluation and assessment of research performance at VUW; and refers major matters of policy to the Academic Board for its consideration and advice. This Committee brings together the assistant deans (research) from each faculty, with additional expertise from key research areas. Subcommittees focus on internal grants, scholarships and intellectual property.

PGSA Rep: Faka'iloatonga Taumoefolau

 
 

University Research Committee Intellectual Property Standing Committee

The Intellectual Property Subcommittee is a sub-committee of The University Research Committee which oversees and moderates the University’s Intellectual Property Policy.  The committee receives reports from VicLink on IP notifications and more generally on matters concerning IP within the University and on the operation of the IP policy; considers and rules on disputes concerning the application of the IP Policy including, for example, IP ownership, assignment of undergraduate student and research student IP to the University, sharing benefits arising from IP commercialisation, and the treatment of IP notifications; and assigns, via the administrative services and approval of the Office of the Vice-Provost (Research), commercially valuable IP to VicLink for commercialisation.

PGSA Rep: Vlad Samoylov

Library & Information Services Committee

To advise the PVC(IT), the University Librarian and the Director ITS on any matters relating to the Library – including, inter alia, its operation and policies, quality assurance, and the views of its user community – and on those aspects of IT Services which relate to access to the Library’s holdings.  To report to Senior Management Team and Academic Board as necessary, and at least once per annum, on matters considered by the Committee.

PGSA Rep: Caitriona Pearson

 
 

Victoria Honours Committee

PGSA Rep: Jordan Anderson

Curriculum Framework Committee

PGSA Rep: Jordan Anderson

 

Research and Sustainability Steering Group

PGSA Rep: Leo Mercer


 

Faculty of Architecture & Design BoarD

The Faculty of Architecture & Design Board is a subcommittee of the Academic Board. It is responsible for advising the Academic Board, the Vice-Chancellor and the committees of the Academic Board on all aspects of the academic qualifications, academic programmes and research matters for which the Faculty has responsibility and on any other academic matters of concern to it or which may be referred to it. The Faculty Board may appoint advisory sub-committees.

PGSA Reps: Hammish Beattie (Architecture) & Dan Scudder (Design)

Faculty of Architecture and Design Academic Committee

The Faculty of Architecture and Design Academic Committee was established to monitor and advise the faculty board on matters relating to the academic programmes and academic developments within the Faculty.

PGSA Rep: Vacancy

 
 

Faculty of Architecture and Design Research Committee

The Faculty of Architecture and Design Research Committee is a sub-committee of the Faculty Board and is responsible for the development of faculty-specific research policy including policy on postgraduate student research.

PGSA Rep: Vacancy


Faculty of Education Board

The Faculty of Education Board is a subcommittee of the Academic Board. It is responsible for advising the Academic Board, the Vice-Chancellor and the committees of the Academic Board on all aspects of the academic qualifications, academic programmes and research matters for which the Faculty has responsibility and on any other academic matters of concern to it or which may be referred to it.

PGSA Rep: Philippa Nicoll Antipas

 
 

Faculty of Education Academic Committee

The Faculty of Education Academic Committee was established as a sub-committee of the faculty board to advise the Faculty Board and Dean on all matters related to academic qualifications and programmes of the Faculty.

PGSA Rep: Liana MacDonald

Faculty of Education Learning & Teaching Committee

The Faculty of Education Academic Committee was established as a sub-committee of the faculty board to develop and implement Faculty-level learning and teaching strategy, oversee the provision of professional development opportunities in teaching for Faculty staff, administer annual learning and teaching grants for projects that seek to enhance the quality of student learning, for the improvement of teaching and learning and for projects which specifically address priority areas in the Faculty learning and teaching strategy.

PGSA Rep: Liwei Liu

 
 

Joint Faculty of Education and Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Research Committee

The Joint Research Committee is a conjoint committee of the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science established to advise Faculty on all matters relating to the maintenance and encouragement of research in the faculties including such matters as may be referred to it by the faculties or the Deans; to monitor the conditions under which graduate students pursuing research degrees in the Faculties are enrolled and their work supervised and to recommend to Faculty such procedures or statutes as are considered desirable; to advise and assist the Associate Dean (Research) in her/his capacity as the Faculty representative on the University Research Committee; to rank applications from within the Faculty for national scholarships and for VUW Graduate Awards; to consider applications for Faculty Research Grants and to advise the Dean on these matters.

PGSA Rep: Hayden Thorne


Faculty of Engineering Board

The Faculty of Engineering Board is a subcommittee of the Academic Board. It is responsible for advising the Academic Board, the Vice-Chancellor and the committees of the Academic Board on all aspects of the academic qualifications, academic programmes and research matters for which the Faculty has responsibility and on any other academic matters of concern to it or which may be referred to it. The Engineering Faculty Board is responsible for approving the requirements of all engineering degrees, diplomas and certificates offered at Victoria University and considering academic business affecting the Faculty.

PGSA Rep: Andrew Lensen

 

 

Faculty of Graduate Research Board

The Board of the Faculty of Graduate Research is the governing authority of the Faculty of Graduate Research and is a subcommittee of the Academic Board. The Faculty of Graduate Research is charged with having general responsibility for, and oversight of, the University’s postgraduate research degree programmes, including, but not limited to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy; other thesis-based postgraduate research degrees as may be determined by Academic Board from time to time; and Higher Doctorates.

PGSA Reps: Leo Mercer & Jordan Anderson


Faculty of Health Board

The Faculty of Health Board is a subcommittee of the Academic Board. It is responsible for advising the Academic Board, the Vice-Chancellor and the committees of the Academic Board on all aspects of the academic qualifications, academic programmes and research matters for which the Faculty has responsibility and on any other academic matters of concern to it or which may be referred to it. The Faculty Board may appoint advisory sub-committees.

PGSA Rep: Vacancy

 
 

Faculty of Health Transitional Academic Committee

The Faculty of Health Transitional Academic Committee will carry out functions related to Academic, Research, Postgraduate and Leave matters for a period of 12 months, at which time the activity and membership of the committee will be reviewed. The Transitional Academic Committee is responsible for the academic functions associated with the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health’s existing postgraduate programmes and students enrolled in those programmes.

PGSA Rep: Tosin Popoola 


Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Board

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Board is a subcommittee of the Academic Board. It is responsible for advising the Academic Board, the Vice-Chancellor and the committees of the Academic Board on all aspects of the academic qualifications, academic programmes and research matters for which the Faculty has responsibility and on any other academic matters of concern to it or which may be referred to it.

PGSA Reps: Corrina Connor & Elizabeth Olsen

 
 

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Academic Committee

To advise Faculty on all matters relating to University statutes, and in particular to advise on: (a) Course of Study Statutes for degrees taught within the Faculty;  (b) Course statute amendment proposals.  To advise Faculty on issues referred to it by the University Academic Committee.   To advise Faculty on matters referred to the Committee by the Faculty Board or by the Dean.  To advise Faculty on matters relating to academic developments within the Faculty.  To advise Faculty and the Dean, as is appropriate, on matters of policy relating to workload and assessment.  To advise Faculty on matters relating to quality assurance in teaching and learning.  Where appropriate, to advise Faculty on the business case and risks relating to proposed new programmes.

PGSA Rep: Will Abbiss

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Postgrad Committee

To advise and assist the Associate Dean (PGR) on matters relating to the maintenance and encouragement of high quality student research in the Faculty. To advise and assist the Associate Dean (PGR) in his/her capacity as one of the Faculty representatives on the Board of the Faculty of Graduate Research and any committees of that Board. To rank applications from within the Faculty for VUW PhD, Masters and Graduate Awards and Summer Scholarships.

PGSA Rep: Max Baddeley

 
 

Te Maruako Aronui

Te Maruako Aronui—The Faculty Learning, Equity and Teaching Committee, deliberates and advises on aspects of Teaching and Learning and Equity in the Faculty.

PGSA Rep: Elizabeth Olsen


Faculty of Law Board

To advise the Academic Board, the Vice-Chancellor and the committees of the Academic Board on all aspects of the academic qualifications, academic programmes and research matters for which the Faculty has responsibility and on any other academic matters which may be referred to it.

PGSA Rep: Nikita Melashchenko

 
 

Faculty of Law Research and Postgraduate Committee

The Faculty of Law Research and Postgraduate Committee advises the faculty board on all matters relating to the maintenance and encouragement of research in the faculty including such matters as may be referred to it by the faculty or the Dean; to monitor the conditions under which graduate students pursuing research degrees in the Faculties are enrolled and their work supervised and to recommend to Faculty such procedures or statutes as are considered desirable.

PGSA Rep: Vacancy

Faculty of Law Learning and Teaching Committee

The Faculty of Law Learning and Teaching Committee was established as a sub-committee of the faculty board to develop and implement the Faculty-level learning and teaching strategy.

PGSA Rep: Vacancy

 

 

Faculty of Science Board

The Science Faculty Board is responsible for approving the requirements of all science degrees, diplomas and certificates offered at Victoria University. Other academic business affecting the Faculty is also covered at meetings. In addition, the Board considers questions referred to it by the Vice-Chancellor, the University Council and the Academic Board.

PGSA Rep: Amy Lynch

Faculty of Science Research Committee

The Faculty of Science Research Committee advises on matters relating to the maintenance and encouragement of high quality research in the Faculty.

PGSA Rep: Raiatea Barlow Kameta

 
 

Faculty of Science Academic Teaching and Learning Committee

The Faculty of Science Academic Teaching and Learning Committee advises the faculty board on matters such as Limitation of Entry and Courses of Study Statutes.

PGSA Rep: Vacancy


Victoria Business School Faculty Board

To advise the Academic Board, the Vice-Chancellor and the committees of the Academic Board on all aspects of the academic qualifications, academic programmes and research matters for which the Faculty has responsibility and on any other academic matters of concern to it or which may be referred to it.

PGSA Rep: Solmaz Nazari Orakani 

 
 

Victoria Business School Graduate Research Degrees Committee

To ensure that the structure and operation of degree programmes that involve theses enhance the University’s capacity to meet the objectives relating to these degrees in the Strategic Plan; to advise the Academic Board on policy relating to research and higher degrees; to advise the University Research Committee on strategy relating to research and higher degrees; to advise the Academic Board on all matters relating to the PhD, Masters including a thesis of 90 points and above, Higher Doctorates and other significant research degrees; to approve matters pertaining to the examination and award of doctoral degrees; to report to the Academic Board on its activities.

PGSA Rep: Solmaz Nazari Orakani

Victoria Business School PhD Student Committee

The Victoria Business School PhD Student Committee reports to the Associate Dean – Research on matters relating to the maintenance and encouragement of postgraduate research in the faculty including the conditions under which graduate students pursuing research degrees in the Faculties are enrolled and their work supervised.

PGSA Rep: Angela Natali

 

Ethics Committees

Human Ethics Committee

The University has a Human Ethics Committee (HEC) whose chief function is to review, approve and monitor any research proposal involving human participants. The HEC administers the Victoria University of Wellington Human Ethics Policy, which sets out the procedures that must be followed by staff and students when conducting research involving human participants.  This policy should be read in conjunction with the Victoria University of Wellington Human Ethics Committee Guidelines. The HEC is the University’s main ethics committee. The Human Ethics Committee representatives review Human Ethics applications from student applicants and bring a student perspective to these reviews.

PGSA Reps: Schyana Sivanantham & Will Abbiss

 
 

Pipitea Human Ethics Committee

The HEC is the University’s main ethics committee.  Some faculties and school have subcommittees with approval powers delegated from the University Human Ethics Committee (eg. Pipitea Human Ethics Committee).  If you are a staff member or student in these faculties or schools you can make an application directly to the administrator of the relevant subcommittee.

PGSA Rep: René Versteegh

Animal Ethics Committee

The University has a code of ethical conduct for the use of live animals for teaching and research that has been approved by the Minister of Agriculture. As part of this code, the University has an Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) with a membership approved by the Ministry of Agriculture. The chief functions of the Committee are to consider all applications for the use of live animals for teaching and research, to monitor the use of animals in approved projects, and to inspect any animals held for the purposes of teaching and research.

PGSA Rep: Confidential

 

Minimum Resources Agreement

The Postgraduate Students’ Association (PGSA) and Victoria University of Wellington have negotiated this agreement in order to make clear the basic resources that will be provided to all research students. Both the PGSA and the University encourage Schools to exceed the requirements recorded in this agreement wherever possible. These resources are to be provided in addition to the general services provided to all students at the University. The Minimum Resources Agreement applies to both full and half-time students carrying out a degree by research: a Doctorate or a Master’s degree with a 90/120 point thesis. Further, this agreement applies to students who are revising or making corrections to a thesis after it has been examined and before it is lodged in the library.

The Minimum Resources Agreement (which applies postgraduate research thesis students) was reviewed during 2017 and is now available at this link https://www.victoria.ac.nz/fgr/current-phd/Publications/minimum-resources-agreement.pdf