Monday 23 February 1981
Minutes of a meeting of the Senate held in the Senate Room
at 4.30 pm on
The Hon. Sir Ronald
Ms M. A. Anthony
Mr. G. Aplin
Assoc. Professor C.
Sir Noel Bayliss
The Hon. K. E.
Ms C. A. Bolton
Rabbi Sha1om Coleman
Ms V. Cook
Mr. S. D. Corser
Dr. J. Gawthorne
Mr. W. Hare
Mr. R. M. Hillman
Dr. J. Leavesley
Mr. M.A. Lewi
Mr. R. A. Lindsey
Professor J. F.
Mr. H. W. Louden
Ms A. MacBeth
Mrs A. McTaggart
Mr. J. Slattery
Professor A. M. Kerr
Mr. D. D. Dunn
Mr. R. H. Campbell
Mr. R. Elsegood
Dr. P. Jennings
The Chairman welcomed those members attending their first
meeting of the Senate, Professor Baldock, Ms Bolton, Mr. Hare and Dr. Leavesly,
and two members rejoining the Senate in another capacity following a break in
service, Mr. Aplin and Ms MacBeth.
Members of Senate extended their congratulations to Rabbi
Dr. Coleman on his appointment in the New Year’s Honours list as a Commander
of the Order of the British Empire.
The minutes of the meeting of the Senate held on 24
November 1980 were confirmed.
MESSAGE OF THANKS
The Senate noted that Mr. K. C. Beazley had written to
express his thanks to the Senate for its congratulations on his election to
the House of Representatives.
The Senate noted that a meeting of the Executive Committee
had been held to confirm decisions taken by telephone on two matters, the
membership of the Finance and Staffing Committee and the conversion of a
position in the School of Education.
The Senate noted:
that following the recent amendment to the Murdoch University Act
Associate Professor Cora Baldock had been elected as a fourth academic staff
that Mr. Cordon Aplin and Mr. William Hare had been elected by and from
amongst the students for terms of 12 months commencing on the 1st, January 1981;
that Ms Ann
MacBeth, Ms Carol Bolton and Dr. James Leavesley had been elected by
Convocation for terms of three years, two years and one year
respectively from 1st January 1981; and
that an election was now in progress
for the election of one person by and from amongst the full-time officers and
servants of the University who were not members of the full-time academic staff
of the University.
that Mr. R.
M. Hillman be re-elected as Pro-Chancellor for a term to commence 26th
COMMITTEES OF THE SENATE
The Chancellor stated that he felt that the time was now opportune for an
examination of the structure of Senate committees by a small group and for the
same group then to suggest the allocation of members to the various committees.
He pointed out that this review could involve some reconsideration of the
existing membership of each committee and also that it might result in committee
places not being available for all members of Senate.
Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor be requested to bring
forward a proposal for the restructuring of Senate committees and for the
allocation of members to them.
The Chancellor assured members that the group would welcome
any submissions on this matter.
A number of changes in the membership of committees were agreed, it being
noted that some changes might be effective only until the committee review had
following changes in the constitution and membership of Senate committees
and Staffing Committee
of Mr. Lewi and Mr. Louden.
acceptance of the resignation of Mr. Beazley and Mr. Slattery following
their appointments to the Finance and Staffing Committee.
appointment of Mr. Hare.
of the constitution by the addition of one further member of the Senate.
acceptance of the resignation of Mr. Lewi following his appointment to
the Finance and Staffing Committee.
appointment of Mr. Aplin and Ms MacBeth.
of Ms Carol Bolton.
University Health Service Committee
Dr. Leavesley indicated that he would be pleased to accept
co-option to this committee.
VICE-CHANCELLOR’ S REPORT
The Report of the Vice-Chancellor was received, those items
requiring consideration by the Senate being dealt with separately hereunder.
VISITOR OF THE UNIVERSITY
The Senate noted that His Excellency Sir Richard Trowbridge
as Visitor of the University had made his first appearance on campus on
Wednesday 11th February. Sir Richard had made a tour of the site, displaying a
keen and informed interest in the various activities. He and Lady Trowbridge,
who had not been able to join in the tour, were later entertained to lunch.
The Vice Chancellor reported that Sir Richard had also said
that he would be pleased if possible to accept an invitation to dine with
members of the Senate following one of their regular meetings. It appeared
that this might be arranged to follow either the September or the October
meeting of Senate.
The Vice-Chancellor reported on his attendance at a meeting
of the AVCC at Deakin University on the 16 and 17th February. He said that one
of the major items discussed at the meeting had been that of research funding
where concern had been expressed at meetings with Sir Geoffrey Badger,
Chairman of ASTEC, and with the Minister, Mr. Fyfe, at the trend for funding
to be directed towards applied research, with a consequent reduction in
university funding Some reassurance had been not yet been called for the
centres of excellence proposed in the Prime Minister’s policy speech but it
was hoped that this would occur within the next few weeks; it appeared likely
that there would be only six to eight centres established in the first
instance so that competition would be very strong.
The Senate noted that the visit of the Academic Salaries Tribunal to Perth in
connection with the inquiry into academic salaries had been postponed following
the appointment of the Chairman, Mr. Justice Ludeke, to the Full Court of the
Arbitration Commission for the inquiry into wage fixation. It was now expected
that the Tribunal’s visit including a visit to Murdoch and discussions here
would take place in April.
Vice-chancellor reported that there had been some uncertainty
regarding the application of the Tribunal’s decision on part-time
academic rates of pay which had set rates below those actually being
paid in some universities, and that the matter had accordingly been
referred back to the Tribunal with a request for clarification.
The Vice-Chancellor reported that, while it was still too
early for formal estimates of the final enrolment figures in different areas
and at different levels, there had been some rise in first preference
applications, in first and second round offers for undergraduate places and in
offers and acceptances of postgraduate research places. A shift at
undergraduate level towards full-time study and an increase in the number of
school leavers were apparent and he was hopeful that the final WSU count would
approach 1900, compared with 1818 in 1980 and the TEC guideline target for
1981 of 1925 to 2025.
The Senate noted that because of the expected increase in
the flow of migrants the University had been informed that places could not be
made available for Murdoch students at the Noalimba Migrant Centre in 1981.
Representations to the Minister for some temporary deferment of this decision
had been unsuccessful and accordingly a number of alternatives had been
investigated as a matter of urgency. As a result, arrangements had been made
for the University to lease a number of furnished flats in Coolbellup from
Commonwealth Accommodation and Catering Services Ltd and in addition a small
number of unfurnished flats from the State Housing Commission. There had been
quite a strong demand from students for places in these flats but it now
appeared that all applicants could be accommodated there or in private
accommodation which had been offered following advertisement. The heads of
colleges at the University of Western Australia had also cooperated very fully
in offering prospective Murdoch Students the opportunity to apply for places
at those colleges but in fact the student response had been quite low
apparently because of the relative cost of this accommodation and the problems
associated with travel from Nedlands.
The Senate noted that while this question of student
accommodation was causing some concern and some financial outlay at the moment
the loss of the Noalimba places would in the longer term strengthen the
University’s case for Commonwealth and State support towards the provision
of student accommodation on campus. This had been the University’s first
priority for capital development for a number of years and had also been
accepted by the Fund-Raising Committee as the major item for which support was
PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES
The Vice-Chancellor reported that he had had further
correspondence on this matter with Mrs Betty King, who had sent him a copy of
a letter from the Deputy Prime Minister in response to her proposal that an
Institute for Peace Studies might be established on the Murdoch campus but
independently of the University. The Deputy Prime Minister had made it clear
that the Government would be guided in matters such as this by the Tertiary
The Senate noted that Dr. F. School of Social Inquiry, had
which he intended to take up R. Pascoe, Senior Tutor been awarded a Harkness
at Harvard in September in the Fellowship 1981.
Having noted that Dr. Pascoe was one of the first intake of
postgraduate students to the University in 1974 and one of the original
student members of the Senate
that the Senate
congratulate Dr. Pascoe on this award.
The Vice-Chancellor reported that the new manager of
station 6UVS/FM, Ms Pieta O’Shaughnessy, had taken up her appointment in
January and that members of the Board of Directors were confident that the
initiatives she had since taken would greatly strengthen the station both
administratively and in its programming. Greater use was being made of
volunteers and planning was proceeding for the introduction of a distinctive
breakfast programme, probably in April, and for other changes in programme
format without the need for additional full-time staff and without resorting
to the type of commercial sponsorship which it had earlier appeared would be
necessary to support such developments. It was expected that other changes
would encourage and assist more members of academic staff and students of
Murdoch University to contribute to the station’s programmes.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor stated that while there was
still no assurance of Commonwealth funding for the development of Community
Television it appeared to be generally accepted that one of the first stations
to be established would be at Perth. Discussions had accordingly been
proceeding for the formation of a consortium including the various tertiary
institutions and also for the possible use of Murdoch facilities.
INFORMATION FOR DISABLED STUDENTS
Attention was drawn to a booklet concerning the facilities
available at the University, which had been printed for distribution to
disabled students and prospective students. The Vice- Chancellor noted that
the University took some pride in the extent to which facilities had been
developed and in the merit award it had received in 1977 from the Australian
Council for Rehabilitation of the Disabled, and it was seen as appropriate
that this special booklet had been published in this Year of the Disabled.
VICE-CHANCELLOR - LEAVE
The Vice-Chancellor stated that he would be absent from the
University from 26th February until 6th April on recreation leave and
attending a meeting in Hong Kong of the Executive
Heads of Commonwealth Universities. During his absence
Professor Kerr would be Acting Vice- Chancellor.
A report of the meeting of the Academic Council held on 4th
February 1981 was received, those items requiring consideration by the Senate
being noted separately hereunder.
AWARD OF DEGREES AND DIPLOMAS
On the recommendation of the Academic Council,
that Degrees and Diplomas be awarded as set out in Appendix A
fulfilled the relevant degree requirements, the following students be awarded
the degrees indicated
Mr. Pritam Singh
(769005G) - the degree of
Doctor of Philosophy,
for his thesis
Solvation in Mixed Solvents".
Mr. D. J.
Reuter (789005G) - the degree of
Doctor of Philosophy
for his thesis entitled
Copper ,and Zinc in
in relation to Deficiency Diagnosis".
Mr. B. C. Jenkin
(759024C) - the degree of
Master of Philosophy
for his thesis entitled
the Political, Economic and
Social Changes brough
about in West Malaysia by the 1969 Election Crisis, to the end of 1975".
AUSTRALIAN VETERINARY ASSOCIATION PRIZE FOR
On the recommendation of the Academic Council following
a request from the Australian Veterinary Association
that the title of this prize be changed to
"Australian Veterinary Association Federal Student Award in
PROPOSED EXAMINATION STATUTE
Senate noted that some concern had been expressed that
the provision for unrestricted student membership of certain academic
committees and boards could result in students participating in academic
judgements on the performances of other students. After considering
various ways of dealing with the situation the Vice-Chancellor had
proposed to the Academic Council that a statute should be drafted to
provide that students should not participate in the deliberations of any
board or committee of which they were members on any matters relating to
the assessment or progress of individual students. The matter had been
discussed at length in the Academic Council and, while some reservations
had been expressed concerning the full application of the proposal, which
would exclude students from deliberations on appeals relating to academic
progress, the Council had eventually recommended the drafting of a
statute. The Council had been assured that the proposed statute would not
reduce the Dean’s discretionary authority to consult as he saw fit
regarding any appeal against an individual course grade.
In introducing this item the Vice- Chancellor made it
clear that there was no suggestion that there had been any improper
activity and that the concern was not with any possible breaches of
confidentiality but rather that it was essentially improper for one
student to sit in academic judgement on another and that if the existence
of this possibility became widely known it could throw some doubt on the
value of the Murdoch qualification and hence harm all students. He
therefore suggested that a statute should be made in unequivocal terms to
bar student members of committees from any part in individual assessment.
In discussion, while there seemed to be a consensus
that students should not be involved in the actual examination process,
there was some concern that student representatives should continue to
have some involvement in any appeals against assessments and in more
general deliberations on student progress. It was pointed out that the
Academic Council vote on this matter had been split.
Attention was drawn to the possibility of a student
being treated unfairly because of a personality clash with a lecturer and
it was suggested that in a case of this nature it was desirable that the
student concerned should be able to have another student present as a
friend or advocate. It was not seen, however, that this possibility would
be infringed in any way by the proposed amendment. An assurance was given
that the Statute if made would not affect the administration and
assessment of Independent Study Contracts.
It was claimed that student representation on a
committee dealing with academic progress under previous conditions had
been instrumental in averting some inequities and it was also suggested
that there could be a case to ease the ban by extending the exception to
include part-time as well as full-time staff members enrolled as students.
Several changes in the wording proposed in the Academic
Council Resolution were agreed with the object of defining the area of
concern more closely as "the assessment or examination results or
academic progress of individual students".
That a statute should be drafted to provide that,
7/81 notwithstanding the provisions of any statute or
regulation or resolution of the Senate, the Academic
Council, or any other Board or Committee within the University,
an enrolled student, other than a person who is also
a full-time member of the academic staff, shall not participate in the
deliberations of any Board or Committee of which he or she is a member
on any matter related to the assessment results or academic progress of
individual students, and shall withdraw from any meeting of the Board or
Committee during such deliberations; and
the Secretary of a Board or Committee shall ensure
agenda papers relating to the assessment or examination’ results of
individual students are not distributed, or other wise made available,
to any student other than a student who is also a full-time member of
the academic staff."
The Senate noted a list of 1980 Prize Awards.
COMMITTEE ON OVERSEAS ACADEMIC RELATIONS
Attention was drawn to the establishment by the
Vice-Chancellor, following a request from the AVCC, of a committee on
overseas academic relations to deal with matters of development
assistance, exchanges and cultural missions. The Committee would consist
of the Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor ex officio, together
with one representative of each school and a student member. The Committee’s
terms of .reference would be
|| to advise the Vice-Chancellor on matters of
policy concerning relationships between Murdoch University and
|| to advise on the establishment of special links
between the University as such, or sections within it, and particular
to consider requests from government agencies
for assistance with the placement of students and to facilitate
arrangements for the placement of students and the exchange and
secondment of staff; and
|| generally to act as a reference point for all
matters of academic cooperation arising between this University and
overseas universities, and between this University and national and
international agencies, including those concerned with international
development assistance programmes.
FINANCE AND STAFFING COMMITTEE
The Minutes of the meeting of the Finance and Staffing
Committee held on 2nd February 1981 were received, those items requiring
consideration by the Senate being noted separately hereunder.
EN 0592 LECTURSHIP IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES
On the recommendation of the Finance and Staffing
that position EN 0592 Lecturer in Southeast Asian
Studies, which was originally established on a three year basis, be
established on a permanent basis.
CASUAL TEACHING RATES
On the recommendation of the Finance and Staffing
(i) that the casual teaching rates recommended by
Academic Salaries Tribunal and updated by
4.2% - National Wage adjustment, July 1980
4% - Academic Salaries Tribunal: interim
increase in academic salaries
3.7% - National Wage adjustment, January 1981
for lectures and marking be adopted.
(ii) that the existing rates for tutoring and
demonstrating be retained until such time as the recommended rates
catch up as a result of national wage or other adjustments, with the
proviso that the University does not suffer any funding loss as a
ANIMAL RESOURCES CENTRE
The Senate noted that the Animal Resources Centre
building had now been completed, the Director had taken up duty and action
was being taken to commission the facility. However action had not yet
been taken by the State Government to establish a statutory authority and
as it was necessary to begin the progressive recruitment of technical
staff the Project Committee had asked the University to establish the
first six positions on the basis that they would be transferred to the
centre when the appropriate authority was established and that all costs
would be met by the members of the consortium.
On the recommendation of the Finance and Staffing
that the following positions be established:
Chief Technician, GIl 6/7, $17565 –19627, 1-4-81
Secretary/Typist (Grade 1), C3 1/2, $1149 7-12181,
Animal House Assistant, Gl0, $5299-12515, 1-6-81
Animal House Attendant (2), G7, $4608-11458, 1-7-81
Senior Technician, GII 5, $16540-17028, 1-9-81 and
that the University accept no commitment to the
cost of these appointments beyond the agreed share of the cost of the
State Animal Resources Centre.
The Senate was informed that a concept proposal for the
student housing project would be submitted to the Universities’ Council
by 31 March 1981 as the University’s first priority for capital funding
in the 1982/84 triennium. In addition the Fund-Raising Committee was
seeking support for the project from various firms in the form of
materials and services.
In these circumstances the Finance and Staffing
Committee had considered the possibility of a contribution from the
University’s own funds to the project and had recommended that the
Senate shoulc1 underwrite the cost of the detailed planning and
documentation of the project.
On the recommendation of the Finance and Staffing
to underwrite the cost of the detailed planning
tender stage of the student housing project to a
limit of $100,000.
GROUND STAFF SALARIES - MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES
(KINGS PARK BOARD AND OTHERS) AWARD NUMBER 12 of 1972
On the recommendation of the Finance and Staffing
that wage rates for grounds staff employed
under the Municipal Employees (Kings Park Board and Others) Award
Number 12 of 1972 be increased as follows:
Group 1 (a) - Motor vehicle and sanitary service
workers $9.30 per week
Group (b) - Machine drivers $8.20 per week
Group (c&d) - Mower operators and gardeners
$10.40 per week
Group (e&f) - General and foremen $8.60 per
that Murdoch University be named as a
respondent to the above award.
The Minutes of the meeting of the Property Committee
held on 12th February 1981 were received, those items requiring
consideration by the Senate being noted separately hereunder.
INDOOR TENNIS COMPLEX
The Senate noted that there had been some preliminary
discussions concerning the possibility of the development on the
University site by a private developer of an indoor tennis complex
comprising six courts, a gymnasium and associated facilities. The
discussion had been on the basis that all costs would be met by the
developer, with the University offering a lease of the land required at a
nominal rental for up to ten years with the option of a renewal of the
lease at a negotiated rental for a further ten years. At the expiry of the
lease the whole property would revert to the University. In discussing the
proposal the Property Committee had noted that the University would wish
to exercise control over such aspects as the aesthetics of the buildings,
the naming of the complex, ongoing mainten and other similar
considerations and had recommended that, subject to these issues, the
Senate should accept the proposed development as compatible with the
overall development of the campus.
During discussion it was urged that the interests of
students and staff be raised during any further discussions and some
concern was expressed as to what immediate benefits there might be for
students if the complex would be managed on a commercial basis for 20
years. It was pointed out that, besides providing convenient access to a
facility which could be of interest to many members of staff and students,
there was the possibility of concessional rates or of reduced rates at
times which could be particularly convenient for members of the university
and also that there should be real possibilities of part time employment.
It was noted that the site proposed was remote from
other developments and in an area designated on the campus plan for
On the recommendation of the Property Committee
that the proposed development comprising
be accepted as compatible with the overall
development of the campus.
SENATE GUILD LIAISON COMMITTEE
The Vice-Chancellor reported that a meeting of this
Committee had been held on 19th February at which the main item of
discussion had been the indoor tennis complex.
HEALTH SERVICE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
The minutes of the meeting of this Committee held on 29
January 1981, at which the Committee had discussed further the possible
extension of the University Health Service by the provision of the
services of a doctor on a sessional basis, were received.
The Senate was informed that inspections had been made
of the current service by a private practitioner and a member of the
Occupational Health Division of the Public Health Department and that both
had suggested that the cost of modifications to the present centre to
accommodate a doctor on a full-time basis would be of the order of
$24,000. In the light of this information, the favourable comments made by
both doctors on the present service, the small number of referrals from
that service to practitioners or to hospitals and the lack of any other
clear evidence as to the need for a medical service on campus, the
committee had agreed that no change should be recommended at this stage in
the existing service and that the matter be looked at again when the
funding position for the next triennium was known.
The Senate noted with interest that proqress was being
made by the Fund-Raising Committee in obtaining offers of construction
materials for the student housing project and that one firm had offered to
supply all the roofing and guttering. Some offers of financial support had
also been received not necessarily related to the housing project, and
there also appeared to be good prospects of progress with the equestrian
The Vice-Chancellor was asked to convey to members of
the Fund-Raising Committee the Senate’s deep interest in and
appreciation of its work.
COMMONWEALTH YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SCHEME
In response to a question as to whether the University
might be able to co-operate with service clubs- in developing emp1oyment
opportunities for young people, the Senate was informed of the university’s
heavy involvement with the Commonwealth Employment Service in offering
work experience opportunities for young people. Up to thirty people at one
time had been employed within the University under this scheme and it was
known that the Commonwealth Employment Service regarded the University as
a model employer for this purpose. Consideration was now being given to
ways in which the University might assist with the employment of
aborigines under a similar scheme.
APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN OF APPEAL BOARDS AND
BOARDS OF REFERENCE
that in accordance with Sections 14 and 10 of Statute
No. 14, Mr. B. W. Rowland QC be appointed Chairman of Appeal Boards and
Mr. T. A. Walsh Chairman of Boards of Reference for 1981.
FUNDATION FOR CONTINUING VETERINARY EDUCATION
Having noted that Professor Kakulas had been unable to
accept re-appointment to this Foundation and on the recommendation of the
Board of the School of Veterinary Studies
that Dr. R. Nowotny be appointed a member of the
Foundation for Continuing Veterinary Education for a term of three years
commencing on the 1st January 1981.
ACADEMIC STAFF PROMOTIONS AND ACCELERATED
The Senate noted the following academic staff
promotions and accelerated incremental advancements approved by the
Vice-Chancellor on the recommendation of the Academic Staff Promotions
Committee with effect from 1st January 1981.
Promotion from Senior Lecturer to Associate Professor:
Dr. L.R. Davidson - School of Mathematical and Physical
Dr. P.J. Jennings - School of Mathematical and Physical
Dr. C.J. Marsh - School of Education
Dr. M. Renfree - School of Environmental and Life
There were nine applications for promotion to Associate
Promotion from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer:
Dr. J.C.L. Cornish - School of Mathematical and
Dr. K.G. Johnson - School of Veterinary Studies
Dr. P. Newman - School of Environmental and Life
Dr. P. Williamson - School of Veterinary Studies
There were eleven applications for promotion to Senior
Promotion from Tutor to Senior Tutor
Dr. L. Layman - School of Social Inquiry
Dr. R. Pascoe - School of Social Inquiry
Dr. A.M. Van Der Kraan - School of Social Inquiry
There were four applications for promotion to Senior
There were nine applications for accelerated
incremental advancement, of which three were approved.
ACADEMIC STAFF PROBATIONARY REVIEW
The Senate noted that the review of lectureships due to
expire between 1st April 1981 and 30th September 1981 had resulted in the
grant of tenure to one Associate Professor and two Lecturers.
OUTSIDE STUDIES PROGRAMMES
The Vice-Chancellor reported that seventeen
applications for outside studies programmes to commence after the end of
first semester 1981 had been received. Sixteen applications had been
approved and one was not approved.
Reports from Professor Hill and Dr. Huxtable on their
outside studies programnes were noted.
The Senate noted the attached statement giving details
of appointments and resignations of members of the academic staff since
the last meeting of the Senate.
Attention was drawn to the resignation of Associate
Professor Marilyn Renfree who had been a foundation member of the
lecturing staff and whose promotion to associate professor had been
approved earlier in the meeting.
that the Senate express its appreciation to Professor
Renfree for her services to the University s and its best wishes for the
LEAVE OF ABSENCE
that Leave of Absence be granted
|| to Sir Noel Bayliss for the March meeting of
the Senate, and
|| to The Hon. Mr. Beazley from 25th February
1981 to 1st June 1981,when he would be overseas.
that the date of the next meeting of the Senate be
varied from 30th March 1981 to 23rd March 1981.
The meeting closed at 6.25pm.