Role of the Academic Board
The Academic Board is established by the University of Melbourne Statute which sets out its powers and functions delegated to it by Council. The Board is responsible to Council for quality assurance in academic activities including maintenance of high standards in teaching, learning and research. The powers and functions of the Board are:
- setting policy and monitoring academic standards for course and subject entry, assessment and completion requirements;
- approving courses and subjects for delivery that meet the standards;
- setting policy and monitoring selection requirements for prizes, scholarships and other forms of academic recognition;
- requesting and receiving from academic units recommendations, advice and reports related to Board functions;
- providing recommendations, advice and reports on its responsibilities and functions to Council;
- contributing to University reviews of academic units in relation to academic matters;
- acting as the University’s final appeal body for student grievances and any other matters in accordance with the statutes and regulations; and
- developing, approving and reviewing policies and procedures related to Board functions in accordance with statutes and regulations.
The Board must contribute to the achievement of strategic plans approved by Council; and the objects of the University. The Board cannot delegate its powers and functions but may prepare, for Council approval, a schedule of delegations of its powers and functions to committees or individuals.
The Academic Board reports to Council and provides Council with appropriate and timely information on its contribution in relation to its powers and functions.
The Academic Board is also the final appeal body for students on matters relating to decisions made by University bodies or individual officers.
Quick Guide to the Academic Board
A Quick Guide to the Academic Board at the University of Melbourne is available as a download (PDF).
Academic Board Officers
The Board officers are the President: Professor Nilss Olekalns, Vice-President: Professor Pip Nicholson and Deputy Vice-President: Professor Janet Hergt. The Officers are elected for a period of two years.
Role of the Board Officers
The President of the Academic Board is a member of Council, the University Executive and all of the Standing Committees of the Academic Board. The President and Vice-President are members of the Appointments and Promotions Committee. One of the Officers usually chairs the Academic Board Appeals Committee meetings.
The President presides at Board meetings. In the absence of the President, the Vice-President or Deputy Vice-President will preside.
Powers and Responsibilities of the President
The President may act executively on behalf of the Board on matters that are urgent or routine and must report any action taken on behalf of the Board to its next meeting.
Tel: 8344 7527
Committees of the Board
This page contains a full list of the committees of the Academic Board.
Terms of Reference and Membership
|Academic Programs Committee (APC)||Terms of Reference|
|Libraries and Academic Resources Committee (LARC)||Terms of Reference|
|Melbourne Custom Programs Committee (MCPC)||Terms of Reference|
|Research Higher Degrees Committee (RHDC)||Terms of Reference|
|RHDC Scholarships Sub-committee||Terms of Reference|
|Selection Procedures Committee (SPC)||Terms of Reference|
|Teaching and Learning Development Committee (TALDEC)||Suspended for 2017|
|Teaching and Learning Quality Assurance Committee (TALQAC)||Terms of Reference|
Resolutions on Selection and Courses
These Resolutions on Selection are resolutions of the Academic Board that specify the minimum entry requirements for a course and define selection instruments to be used by Selection Committees to determine which of the applicants eligible for selection will be selected.
These Resolutions on Selection should be read in conjunction with the following:
- Guidelines for the Interpretation of Resolutions on Selection
- Selection and Admission Policy
- Academic Board Rules on the Use of Selection Instruments
- Current Courses
- Discontinued Courses
English Language Requirements for Undergraduate Programs
1. The English language requirements for all undergraduate degrees and associate diplomas, Bachelor Honours degrees and concurrent diplomas can be met via any of the following ways.
1.1 For school-leavers from the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), either
- a study score of at least 25 in one of the VCE Unit 3/4 subjects English, English Language, or Literature; or
- a study score of at least 30 in the VCE Unit 3/4 subject English as an Additional Language
1.2 For locally qualified school-leavers other than from the VCE, performance levels in appropriate school English subjects that the Board has deemed comparable to the VCE standards and are published on the Future Students web page;
1.3 For school-leavers who are not locally qualified, but have completed a secondary qualification in a country where English is an official language, and for graduates of foundation studies programs conducted in English, performance levels in appropriate English subjects that the Board has approved and are published on the Future Students web page.
1.4 For school-leavers from countries where English is not an official language, performance levels in appropriate school English subjects that the Board has approved and are published on the Future Students web page.
1.5 Either within the last two years having satisfactorily completed at least first year of a tertiary course taught and assessed entirely in English, or within the last five years having satisfactorily completed at least a two year tertiary course taught and assessed entirely in English.
1.6 At a sitting within 24 months preceding the proposed date of commencement of enrolment, having obtained either:
- an overall band score of 6.5 or more in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test with no band less than 6.0,
- one of the following for the American Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
- 577 or more the paper based test, with 4.5 or more in the Test of Written English (TWE),
- 79 or more in the internet based test, and scores of 21 for writing; 18 for speaking; 13 for reading; and 13 for listening.
- a score prescribed by the Board for some other recognised English language test or English language program.
2. Any alternative English language qualification for undergraduate courses that the Board has approved will be published on the Future Students web page.
3. Applicants seeking to demonstrate English language competence via any of 1.1 to 1.4 who completed school more than two years before the proposed date of commencement in the program to which they are applying may be required to establish to the satisfaction of the Selection Committee that they have lived or worked primarily in an environment where English is widely used after completing school. If they are unable to establish this, the Selection Committee may require them to demonstrate English language competence via 1.6.
4. As Bachelor Honours programs are only entered after completion of 300 points of a Bachelor degree, and concurrent diplomas cannot be entered until the student has enrolled in a Bachelor degree, no specific English language requirements are needed, except for students with a Bachelor degree taught or assessed in a language other than English applying to enter Honours. For such students, 1.6 is the normal pathway.
English Language Requirements for Graduate Programs
The English language requirements for graduate programs can be found here
- Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
- Faculty of Arts
- Faculty of Business and Economics
- Melbourne Graduate School of Education
- Melbourne School of Engineering
- Melbourne Law School
- Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
- Faculty of Science
- Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences
- Melbourne Custom Programs
- Faculty of Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
- Research Higher Degrees
Appeals to the Academic Board
Unsatisfactory Progress Appeals
This information is for students whose enrolment has been terminated, suspended, or made subject to certain conditions, due to unsatisfactory academic progress and who wish to lodge an appeal against this decision.Read more
An appeal may be lodged with the Academic Board if a student feels a complaint or grievance has not been dealt with satisfactorily by the University.Read more
A selection appeal may be lodged by applicants who have had their application for admission to the University rejected.Read more
Academic and General Misconduct Appeals
Academic Board Secretariat
T: 8344 7527
Secretary to the Academic Board. The Academic Secretary manages the operations and business of the Board and its committees in conjunction with the Academic Board officers. The Academic Secretary has particular responsibility for:
- coordinating and managing the business of the Board Managing the dissemination of Board decisions and academic policies and procedures and providing advice to University staff on Board operations and academic policy and procedure;
- the development and drafting of Board approved academic policy and procedure, including the ongoing review of related University legislation and ensuring appropriate provision is made for implementation of Board approved academic policy and procedure in the University;
- providing expert advice on University policy and procedures to the Academic Board Officers, the Chairs and members of committees, academic and professional staff;
- ensuring compliance with statutory, policy and other requirements across areas governed by the Academic Board; and
- assessing the implications of proposals for change and make recommendations as appropriate, having maintained an awareness of the external environment relevant to academic governance.
Academic Governance Officer
T: 8344 3801
Lydia undertakes research and analysis on a range of academic issues, preparing reports as required. She is responsible for drafting academic policy and procedure and providing advice on the interpretation and implementation of policy and procedure.