The University Chancellors Council (UCC) comprises Chancellors of all public, not-for-profit universities within Australia. The UCC is used as a means for university Chancellors to discuss key issues and current events surrounding the tertiary education sector in Australia. The Council meets twice each year, with one of these meetings occurring jointly with Universities Australia. Chancellors can be represented by a Deputy Chancellor or a council member of their university’s governing body during UCC meetings and events.
The purpose and function of the Council is to:
Assist Australian universities in the carrying out of their respective and collective functions;
Provide a means of voicing appropriate concerns on behalf of Australian universities on matters of governance;
To liaise with Universities Australia Limited and similar organisations and act as ambassadors in the advancement and promotion of Australian universities;
To provide a forum for communication and discussion concerning Australian universities and related institutions; and
To carry out such activities as are necessary to further the above objects.
The University Chancellors Council (UCC) was established in 2004 as the University Chancellors Conference and renamed to the University Chancellors Council in 2007.
The current Convenor of the UCC is Professor Peter Shergold AC, Chancellor of Western Sydney University, who is supported by a sub-committee made up of other University Chancellors from around Australia.
Previous convenors of the UCC have included:
Dr Ian Gould AM, former Chancellor of the University of South Australia
Professor Vicki Sara AO, former Chancellor of the University of Technology Sydney
Emeritus Chancellor Mr John Phillips AO (dec), former Chancellor of Western Sydney University
Dr David Klingberg AO, former Chancellor of the University of South Australia
The role of a Chancellor
A Chancellor is the formal head of a university, chairing the institution’s governing body, presiding at ceremonial occasions such as graduations and representing and advocating for the university’s interests in the wider community. For full details of a Chancellor’s role, see the University Governance in Australia page.
15th May 2018
Hosted by Victoria University
The 2018 joint University Chancellors Council and Universities Australia plenary meeting will be hosted by Victoria University on 15th May 2018. See the Key Dates page for further information.
Governance in the University Sector – Foundations of University Governance, presented by AICD
The University Chancellors Council have been working with the Australian Institute of Company Directors to create a bespoke training course to provide a full and detailed understanding of Governance in the University Sector. The first two pilot sessions of this new 3 day program, “Foundations of University Governance”, will take place in early 2018.
This is an exciting program. Considerable work has gone into ensuring that plenty of University examples are worked into the course to ensure its relevance to our sector. It is suitable for all members of Boards, Councils and Senates, whether they have been appointed or elected. University Secretaries and Directors of Governance Services will also find the course content extraordinarily useful.
See the Key Dates page for further information and details on how to register.
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