The role of committees

All of the University’s central governance and management committees have clear Terms of Reference which set out the role, scope of business, reporting lines, objectives and decision making capacity. The Terms of Reference of these committees are aligned to the powers, function and duties of the parent committee. Academic Board powers are outlined in s(2) of Statute-Academic Board (2009).

Changes to the composition and Terms of Reference can only be made by way of resolution by the establishing body, Academic Board, Council or the Planning and Resources Committee.

Committees ensure an ongoing monitoring system of their work against their Terms of Reference through the adoption of annual business schedules or the design of the agendum.

As noted above, committees are delegated a series of responsibilities by the parent body via resolution or regulation. In order that the parent body can be assured that its delegation is being discharged appropriately, it is incumbent upon the committees to evaluate their progress against their Terms of Reference on a regular basis. This approach is consistent with the following precepts of good governance:

  • transparency
  • responsibility
  • accountability
  • participation
  • responsiveness [1]

[1] Resolution 2005/68 of the Commission on Human Rights.