Appendix a1

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The University of Western Australia Human Research Ethics Committee approval was granted to interview Vice-Chancellors. Potential Vice-Chancellors for interview were first contacted via email or letter asking if they would consent to an interview. They were then sent information regarding the nature of the research undertaken, purpose of the interview and a list of potential questions. This information is included below.


MBDP 251

35 Stirling Highway

Crawley, Western Australia, 6009

Telephone: (61 8) 6488-2898

Facsimile: (61 8) 6488-1035


CRICOS Provider No 00126G

Chair of Economics Program

Professor Kenneth W Clements


[Title] [Name]




Dear [Title] [Name],


I am writing to you about an honours dissertation currently being undertaken at UWA by Lisa Soh on the market for Vice-Chancellors. The objective of this project is to systematically investigate how this market functions, its relationship with governance of universities, and the links (if any) between the compensation of CEOs in the private sector and that of VCs. I am supervising this dissertation, and I hope that it will provide considerable insight into these important issues.

I wonder if you would agree to participate in a short interview regarding your experience as a Vice-Chancellor with Lisa, as part of her research. A list of possible questions for the interview is attached. The interview will last no longer than forty-five to sixty minutes, and Lisa will be contacting your office to arrange a meeting with you in the near future.

Lisa is an excellent student who is highly motivated. She has a keen interest in this particular topic and will be happy to send you a copy of her dissertation once completed.

This project has obtained approval from the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Western Australia.

I thank you in advance for your time and participation in what I believe will be an interesting and worthwhile study.

Sincerely yours

Kenneth W Clements



MBDP 251

35 Stirling Highway

Crawley, Western Australia, 6009

Telephone: (61 8) 6488-2898

Facsimile: (61 8) 6488-1035


CRICOS Provider No 00126G

Chair of Economics Program

Professor Kenneth W Clements

This study is conducted as part of an Honours dissertation by:

Lisa Soh


under the supervision of Professor Kenneth Clements.


The aims of this project are to answer the following:

  1. How is performance measured in a university setting?

  2. How does the market for vice-chancellors (VCs) of Australian universities work?

  3. How good are university governance and management practices?

  4. What are the determinants of pay for VCs?

Participants will initially be contacted by the supervisor. The purpose of this is to interview vice chancellors to gain a better understanding of their role within a university and to get better insight on their responsibilities. This will take the form of an interview that is estimated to take between 30 minutes to one hour. If necessary, the services of an interpreter or other third party may be used.

Participants will be asked questions relating to their role as the vice chancellor. They will be asked to express their views on the role of a vice chancellor, the responsibilities, the skills required, what they view as the most enjoyable part of the role, the least enjoyable, what a typical day is like, how their experience has helped them or otherwise in the role, how they came to the role and what their plans are for the future. Opportunities will be given for participants to ask questions or express their views on other topics.

One possible benefit of the interview for the VCs is that it could enable them to allow them to educate the public of their role within the university and also to discuss the changing requirements of the role over time. This will benefit the public as it informs them of what VCs can and cannot do and increases communication and transparency, which could only increase confidence in higher education institutions.

Participants are free to withdraw consent to further participation at any time without prejudice in any way. The participant need give no reason nor justification for such a decision. In such a case, the record of the participant will be destroyed unless otherwise agreed by the participant.

The data gathered from the interview will be used to write a dissertation on the market for vice chancellors. Upon completion of the research the data will be kept by the researchers unless otherwise requested by the participant. All data collected will remain confidential.

If participants have any questions concerning the research, all attempts will be made to answer them satisfactorily.

Your participation in this study does not prejudice any right to compensation which you may have under statute or common law.


I (the participant) have read the information provided and any questions I have asked have been answered to my satisfaction. I agree to participate in this activity, realising that I may withdraw at any time without reason and without prejudice.

I understand that all information provided is treated as strictly confidential and will not be released by the investigator unless required by law. I have been advised as to what data is being collected, what the purpose is and what will be done with the data upon completion of the research.

I agree that research data gathered for the study may be published provided my name or other identifying information is not used.

__________________________________ ________________________________

Participant Date

The Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Western Australia requires that all participants are informed that, if they have any complaint regarding the manner, in which a research project is conducted, it may be given to the researcher or, alternatively to the Secretary, Human Research Ethics Committee, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009 (telephone number 6488-3703). All study participants will be provided with a copy of the information sheet and consent form for their personal records.


  1. What does your role involve?

  2. What would a typical day be like for you?

  3. In what ways do you feel the role of a Vice-Chancellor has changed over time?

  4. What would you say was your most challenging task? Your most enjoyable?

  5. I have read about your background prior to becoming a Vice-Chancellor. Do you think that this has helped you in your role? Are there aspects from your background that you find useful in applying in the role of a Vice-Chancellor? In what areas do you think that your background has provided you with comparative advantage?

  6. What do you think you will do after your time as a Vice-Chancellor?

  7. In what ways do you think you have contributed during your tenure?

  8. What is your long-term vision for the university?

  9. In what areas do you feel this university has comparative advantage? Where do you see its weaknesses?

  10. Who, in your opinion, would you consider to be effective Vice-Chancellor? Which Vice-Chancellors in the past do you admire?

  11. What motivated you to apply for the role of a Vice-Chancellor?

  12. How does your role differ from that of the Chancellor?

  13. What characteristics would you say are important in a Vice-Chancellor?

  14. How do you feel corporate governance within the university has changed? How do you envisage it to change in the future?

  15. Would you consider the role of a Vice-Chancellor to be similar at all universities worldwide?

  16. Do you feel that the decision making structure at the university is effective and efficient? In what ways (if any) do you feel it could be improved?

  17. Do you perceive your role to be more/less difficult to that of a corporate CEO?

  18. Who would you identify as the main stakeholders of a university?
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Appendix a1 iconAppendix 8: Curricula Vitae for Part-Time Faculty Appendix 1

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Appendix a1 iconAppendix L

Appendix a1 iconAppendix 1 – References

Appendix a1 iconSupplementary Appendix

Appendix a1 iconAppendix User Bibliography

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Appendix a1 iconAppendix A: Annotated Bibliography

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