Advisory Council Terms of Reference

The Advisory Council assists the UNSW Business School to carry out its vision of being recognised globally as a leading research-intensive business school renowned for its students and staff, teaching quality, relevance and innovation.
The Advisory Council support the Business School’s objectives to deliver excellent teaching and scholarship and on its ability to:

  • Contribute to the bodies of knowledge that comprise the disciplines of business, management and economics
  • Leverage our understanding of these bodies of knowledge so as to have an impact on the practice of management and the professions
  • Accept responsibility for developing future generations of business scholars and leaders


Advisory Council members are leaders in business and government who seek to facilitate the achievement of the Business School’s objectives by leveraging their professional networks, profile, reputation, experience and influence to:

  • Serve as a source of independent advice to the Dean with regard to strategy and external engagement
  • Increase two-way engagement with the business, government and the wider community
  • Increase the relevance of our curriculum and research agendas
  • Build links between the Business School and its other stakeholders
  • Raise the profile of, and build, the Business School brand and reputation
  • Engage with students and alumni

Mode of operation

The Advisory Council achieves its objectives by convening as a collective body three (3) times per year and by breaking into such ad hoc committees and working parties as may be required from time to time.

An Executive Committee, which is a subset of the Advisory Council to play a more ‘hands-on’ role with strategy formulation. The Executive Committee meets three (3) times per year, and membership is determined by the Dean and Chair.

Advisory Council members commit to an annual program of active engagement with the Business School. This program would typically include one or more of the following activities:

  • Direct engagement with the Business School student body (either in the classroom or in other fora)
  • Serving on Business School reference or advisory groups or research centre boards
  • Serving on a task force or working party to examine a specific issue
  • Recruitment of graduating undergraduate and graduate students
  • Support of executive development and corporate education programs
  • Developing and hosting events such as symposia, fora, conferences
  • Hosting Alumni networking and professional development events
  • Participating in fundraising and sponsorship activities

Membership Terms

There are up to 55 members of the Advisory Council including the Chair, Deputy Chair, and up to 53 Council Members. The Dean appoints the Chair and the Deputy Chair from the Council membership.

The Executive Committee is appointed by the Dean in consultation with the Chair.

Membership of the Advisory Council is determined by the Dean, in consultation with the Chair, then put forward to the Executive Committee. Although Council members may be alumni, this is not a prerequisite for nomination.

Council Members are appointed for three-year terms, which may be renewed.

The Chair oversees the organisation and affairs of the Council and is responsible for keeping the Council informed on all Council matters. The Deputy Chair assists with the duties of the Chair as required. The Chair makes recommendations to increase the Council’s usefulness to the Business School and the University.