Information about upcoming and recent Elections for the University of Newcastle


Elections are conducted by the University Secretary (as Returning Officer) for various positions on University bodies (Councils, Committees, Boards ect). Many other bodies conduct their own elections for positions on those bodies. This site only deals with those elections undertaken by the University Secretary.

Election of Students to Council, Academic Senate and other University Committees for 2015

A number of student positions for 2015 are open for nominations. Nominations for all the student positions must be received by the Returning Officer by 5pm on Friday 10 October 2014.  

A student member on the University Council

Council is the University's overarching governing body. Council plays a significant role in setting the University's strategic direction, risk management, effective governance and monitoring the University's performance. All Council members have important legal and fiduciary responsibilities. 

The following student positions on the Academic Senate 

  • Two undergraduate students 
  • One postgraduate coursework student 
  • One postgraduate research higher degree student

The Academic Senate is the principal academic body of the University of Newcastle. It is the primary forum for debate on academic issues in the University, approves and amends academic policies, and has a major role in academic quality assurance processes through its Committees. Academic Senate has  a mission to promote and enhance the excellence of the core academic activities in our institution - teaching and research. 

Student positions on Faculty Boards

Each Faculty Board is looking for: 

  • One undergraduate student 
  • One postgraduate coursework student 
  • One postgraduate research higher degree studentA Faculty Board is the principal academic body of each of the University's five faculties, and as a student member of the Faculty's governing body, you will have input into major decisions on the affairs of that Faculty. It's a great opportunity to experience high level decision making at a senior level. 

Five to Seven positions on the Student Services and Amenities Fee Student Consultative Group (SSAFCG)

The SSAFCG operates as a consultative group providing advice to the Student Services and Amenities Fee Management Committee (SSAFMC). It continues the consultative process to ensure students have input into and provide comment on priorities for proposed SSAF expenditure. 

Election of Academic and Non-Academic Staff to Council

Three staff members have been elected to Council for a term of office from 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2016.

Two Academic Staff Members
Professor Pablo Moscato and Dr Roslyn Larkin

One Non-Academic Staff Member
Ms Nerida Lithgow

The elections were held to fill the positions occupied by Dr Tom Griffiths, Associate Professor Wayne Reynolds and Ms Leanne Holt until 31 August 2014. A record 10 nominations were received for each of the categories of membership, including two academic candidates from Ourimbah.

There was a tremendous response from staff members who lodged completed voting papers for each ballot, with 27% of academic staff and 40% of non-academic staff participating in the ballots. 

Congratulations to Professor Pablo Moscato, Dr Roslyn Larkin and Ms Nerida Lithgow on their election to Council.  Sincere thanks to all of the candidates for their interest in nominating for these positions, and all staff members who took the time to vote in these important elections.

Election of Academic Staff to Academic Senate

Elections were recently help for a number of positions on Academic Senate from 1 January 2015 and two ballots were held.

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