ACUADS Executive Meeting (2 Oct 2008)

Posted on February 2, 2008

Posted on 02 Oct 2008

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Update

Associate Professor Su Baker reported on her attendance at the Indicator Development Group meeting on September 12 and advised that the major item discussed was peer review and metrics.  The meeting agreed that it was necessary to identify the methodologies and noted that peer review has a long and proven track record as it has been in use at the Australia Council, State Arts Ministries and in many other industry contexts.

Liz Visher, Director, Outreach Research Excellence Branch, ARC, subsequently met with the Executive for an informal discussion.

ACUADS Constitution Changes

The meeting considered the proposed changes to the Constitution and agreed to recommend them to the 2008 Annual General Meeting.

ACUADS Awards Changes

The meeting considered the proposed changes to each of the Awards and agreed that they be accepted and the web site updated accordingly.

Auditor’s Report 2007/2008

On behalf of the Treasurer, the Executive Officer spoke to the Auditor’s Report noting that it was unqualified and that there was a credit balance of $14,409.

The meeting then agreed that, in the opinion of the Executive, the financial report presents fairly the financial position of the Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools Incorporated as at 30 June 2005 and its performance for the year ended on that date in accordance with Accounting Standards and mandatory professional reporting standards in Australia and other authoritative pronouncements of the Australian Accounting Standards Board.

The meeting agreed that in the opinion of the Executive, at the date of this statement, there are reasonable grounds to believe that Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools Incorporated will be able to pay its debts as and when they fall due.

The meeting agreed that the Chair, Associate Professor Su Baker and the Deputy Chair, Professor Noel Frankham, be authorised to sign the Statement by Executive on behalf of the Executive.

Treasurer’s Report

The meeting noted the Report and agreed to ratify the expenditure.

The Meeting commended the Executive Officer on her management of ACUADS’ finances.

Membership Subscriptions

The meeting agreed that the Annual subscription fee for 2008/09 be increased by 5%, which would bring subscriptions to:

  • Under 250 EFTSU: $693.00 
* Under 1000 EFTSU: $980.00
  • Over 1000 EFTSU: $1,055.00

Executive Nominations List

The meeting considered the list of nominations and agreed that as Professor Lyndon Anderson had not been able to attend Executive Committee meetings for some time, that, under the appropriate clause, he should be thanked and excused from membership.  The meeting noted that the number of vacancies would therefore be six with both Professors Noel Frankham and Clive Barstow continuing for their second year and Associate Professor Su Baker remaining a member as the immediate past Chair.

Web Site: New Publications Site

The meeting noted that this site would be launched at the AGM by Professor Noel Frankham as a member of the Editorial Committee.

Research Publication 2008 Conference

Kay Lawrence reported that:

  • A unit price of $6.50 (covers costs) plus postage had been agreed.
  • Packs of 100 reports will be sent to each of the ACUADS Schools who submitted entries, with an invoice for $650 + postage (around 14 Schools).
Around 100 will be given to the ACUADS conference delegates.
  • The remaining 500 will be available to other ACUADS member Schools.

Annual Conference: Brisbane 2009

The meeting noted that the 2009 Conference Convenor would be Professor Paul Cleveland of Griffith University.