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Senate and Council Joint Committees

Council together with Senate, have a set of joint committees, including, a Nominations Committee, an Honorary Degrees Committee, a University Research Committee, a Naming Committee, a Human Resources Committee and a Student Services Advisory Committee.

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee proposes to Senate and Council the remits and compositions of committees and joint committees of Senate and Council. In proposing these names this committee  pays attention to issues of equity, increasing academic participation and continuity (it takes into account expertise required given the work of the committees).

Honorary Degrees Committee

The Honorary Degrees Committee considers nominations for Honorary Degrees or Gold Medals and to make such recommendations to Senate and Council for approval.

University Research Committee

The University Research Committee (URC) takes responsibility for implementing the research policy of the University and, with its various sub-committees, is responsible for the support and monitoring of all University approved research and related activities. In particular, the URC is responsible for:

  1. Allocating University funds for research and related activities;
  2. Managing and allocating various trust funds and endowments and other general funds bequeathed to the University for research and related purposes;
  3. All matters related to research funding by statutory councils such as the National Research Foundation and the Medical Research Council;
  4. Screening all proposed research involving human and animal subjects to ensure compliance with both University and national ethical guidelines;
  5. Compiling and presenting an annual report on the research output of the University: this includes an annual submission to the Department of Education, which forms the basis of one component of the government subsidy formula; the funds so generated are fed back into the University’s overall research endeavours via SPARC allocations and to individual departments and research entities via the Research Incentive Scheme; and
  6. Assisting individual researchers and research units with the general running and administration of their activities, including in particular matters such as appointment and remuneration of staff, drawing up research contracts and budgeting.
Naming Committee

The Naming Committee considers proposals which will be supported by suitable motivations as well as any terms and conditions that are applicable such as the value of the naming rights to the University and the period of the naming right. The Naming Committee submits recommendations to Council for final approval

Human Resources Committee

The Human Resources Committee assists the Council and Senate in executing its functions as contemplated in section 29.3 of the Higher Education Act, Act 101 of1997, as amended and section 20.2.d of the Statute, in accordance with the strategy of the University, the principles of corporate governance, the principles of fair labour practice, and within the legal and management framework of the University.

The Human Resources Committee has the following functions:

  1. The Human Resources Committee has executive authority and makes recommendations to Senate, SET and/or the Council for consideration.
  2. The formulation and amendment of Human Resources (HR) policy relating to all staff – academic, research and support service.
  3. Ensures that the implementation of employment equity processes and reporting is properly facilitated and reported upon thereby contributing to the achievement of employment equity targets and objectives as well as complying with employment equity legislation and the objectives of that legislation.
  4. Oversight of individual cases of Human Resource anomalies/issues referred to a subcommittee of the Human Resources Committee dealing with appeals submitted by faculty staffing and promotions committees, the Human Resources Directorate, and other bodies, that impact on and/or require a review of current policy.
  5. Oversight of cases dealing with individual staff members, submitted to a subcommittee of the Human Resources Committee dealing with such cases that cannot be made appropriately elsewhere.
  6. Overall monitoring of Human Resources implementation in faculties/divisions, including reporting to Council on new appointments, resignations, retirements, promotions, leave granted, in relation to staff members not appointed for a fixed period.
  7. To review staff development strategy and practice, and ensure good practice.
  8. To give advice to the Council and the Council Remuneration Committee, where applicable, on Human Resource Policy and staff matters at its request, to provide information as required, and to report formally to Council at least once per annum.
  9. To receive reports and report to Council on the adherence of external service providers to the Code of Conduct.
  10. Establishes sub-committees/task teams as it deems fit.


Student Services Advisory Committee

The Student Services Advisory Committee provides advice on student assessment, research into student services and how such research findings should be communicated to students, organisations and staff with a view to an improved understanding of the student population at Wits University. Appropriate regulatory policies, which are required to meet the needs of students.  Included in these are residence rules and regulations, alcohol abuse, sexual harassment, human rights, safety and security and HIV/AIDS. Promoting of policy development and the review of policies with regard to student services matters and to communicate this to the Senior Executive Team, SRC, Senate, Council, in accordance with the mission, vision and objectives of the University.