The UQ Faculty of Science is led by the Executive Dean, who is responsible for our strategic, operational and financial direction.

A committee structure has been established partly by the Executive Dean and partly by University policies, to provide advice and ensure that our strategic and operational objectives are achieved. 

Our committees

Executive Dean Advisory Committee

EDAC is the principal advisory body to the Executive Dean. It provides a forum for members of the Faculty Executive to meet and discuss all matters relevant to the strategic direction, academic, resource and operational matters and performance of the Faculty. This is a committee constituted under Senate Rules and PPL 1.20.02.

  • Chair: Executive Dean, Faculty of Science
  • Secretary: Susan McPaul
  • Contact:

Board of Studies 

The Board of Studies provides strategic advice to the Executive Dean relating to the development and performance of existing and new undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs administered by the Faculty. This is a committee constituted under Senate Rules and PPL 1.20.02.

Teaching & Learning Committee 

The Teaching & Learning Committee is responsible for providing advice and recommendations to the Executive Dean on the quality of Teaching & Learning to ensure the highest standards in Teaching & Learning, curriculum, student experience and staff development and recognition. This is a committee constituted under Senate Rules and PPL 1.20.02.

Research Committee 

The Research Committee provides a conduit for communication between UQ Central, the Faculty and schools/centres regarding research policy and strategic development. It assesses applications for UQ competitive schemes and advises the Executive Dean on research policy, procedure and associated activities. This is a committee constituted under Senate Rules and PPL 1.20.02.

  • Chair: Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Science
  • Secretary: Claire Fuller, Breeann Silvester
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Higher Degree by Research Committee

The HDR Committee advises the Executive Dean on HDR-related policy and researcher development and provides a conduit of communication between the Graduate School, the Faculty and schools.

  • Chair: Deputy Associate Dean (Research) (Researcher Development), Faculty of Science
  • Secretary: Claire Fuller, Breeann Silvester
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Higher Doctorate Committee

The Higher Doctorate Committee comprises eminent researchers and qualified persons to advise the Executive Dean on applications for admission into, and awarding of, higher doctorate programs offered by the Faculty. A higher doctorate is the highest academic award granted by the University. This is a committee constituted under PPL 4.70.04.

  • Chair: Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Science
  • Secretary: Chantel Veldhoen
  • Contact:

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The EDI Committee’s objective is to use an evidence-based approach to implement the University’s commitment to developing and maintaining an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture for all staff and students within the Faculty.

Engagement & Advancement Committee 

The Engagement & Advancement Committee provides a forum for the Faculty and schools to discuss engagement and advancement objectives and services relevant to the Faculty and ensure alignment with UQ priorities and initiatives. It is a focal point for commentary to UQ Advancement, the Office of Marketing and Communications, UQ International and other cognate UQ functional divisions.

  • Chair: Deputy Associate Dean (Academic) (Future Students and Employability), Faculty of Science
  • Secretary: Ashleigh Paroz
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Science Professional Leadership Group

The Science Professional Leadership Group provides advice to the Executive Manager on the operational and general management functions operating within the Faculty. It is the key forum ensuring professional services alignment both within the Faculty and between the Faculty and the University’s central services. 

  • Chair: Faculty Executive Manager, Faculty of Science
  • Secretary: Shirley Rey
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Health, Safety and Wellness Committee 

The Health, Safety and Wellness Committee oversees occupational health and safety issues and initiatives across the Faculty, schools, institutes, centres and the UQ Gatton campus, including policy, resource allocation, training and educational needs, incident/injury reports, and any matters referred to it from extant committees. It fulfils the statutory requirements of the 'Work Health and Safety Act 2011' and is constituted under PPL 2.10.01.

Faculty Board

The Faculty Board is constituted under Senate Rules and meets once each semester. All Science staff are invited to attend.

Gatton Campus Executive Committee

The Gatton Campus Executive Committee monitors the operational, budgetary and strategic direction of the UQ Gatton campus.

Gatton Campus Risk and Compliance Committee

The Gatton Campus Risk and Compliance Committee ensures that the operations of the UQ Gatton campus are compliant with all relevant legislation and University policies and procedures. It identifies and develops plans to mitigate potential risks to the campus, staff and students, including workplace health and safety, financial and reputational.

Staff resources

Find more information, including committee meeting agendas, minutes, reports and related documents, on the UQ Faculty of Science staff intranet (requires UQ login).