Elections

Elections are conducted by the University Secretary as Returning Officer for various positions on University bodies (Council, Committees, Academic Senate etc). Many other bodies conduct their own elections for positions on those bodies.

This webpage only deals with those elections undertaken by the University Secretary.


Nomination Forms

Nomination forms are created for each election and can be found under the 'Current Elections' section.


Key Resources


Legislation and Key Documents


Register of Intending Members 

Are you interested in becoming a member of Council, Academic Senate or a Faculty Board?

You don't need to wait. You can have your name listed any time on the Register of Intending Members. All you need to do is send an email to elections@newcastle.edu.au giving us your contact details and telling us whether you are interested in Council, Academic Senate or Faculty Board, or both. It's that simple.

The Deputy Returning Officer will then contact you personally whenever there are vacancies for which you are eligible, inviting you to submit a Nomination Form, no obligation.


Contact

For further information and advice contact the Deputy Returning Officer, Council and Records Management via email: elections@newcastle.edu.au.

Current Staff Elections

OUTCOME OF NOMINATIONS  

NOTICE OF BALLOT

Nominations were called to elect two academic staff members of the University to the Council for a two year term from 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2022.

At the close of the nomination period, ten valid nominations were received and an electronic optional preferential ballot will be conducted to elect two members.

The candidates in this election are (in alphabetical order):

  • Associate Professor Brendan Boyle
  • Associate Professor Stephan Chalup
  • Professor Jennifer Martin
  • Associate Professor Stefania Paolini
  • Professor Francesco Paolucci
  • Dr Marcus Rodrigs
  • Laureate Professor Rodney Scott
  • Associate Professor Heather Sharp
  • Dr Shamus Smith
  • Dr Sancia West

CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

Candidate statements will be available to voters during the voting period and are available to view here.

VOTING

All staff employed as academic staff by the University are eligible to vote in this election. This includes academic staff on continuing and fixed term employment arrangements, but does not include people with sessional, casual or conjoint arrangements.

Staff who are eligible to vote in this election will receive an email on 30 June containing instructions on how to access the electronic ballot during the voting period.

Voting will open on 30 June and close 5:00pm on, 15 July 2020.

QUESTIONS

If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact the Deputy Returning Officer, Council and Records Management.

E: elections@newcastle.edu.au

OUTCOME OF NOMINATIONS  

NOTICE OF BALLOT

Nominations were called to elect one non-academic staff member of the University to the Council for a two year term from 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2022.

At the close of the nomination period, five valid nominations were received and an electronic optional preferential ballot will be conducted.

The candidates in this election are (in alphabetical order):

  • Mr Hugh Arjonilla
  • Ms Jackie Cobbold
  • Ms Natalie Downing
  • Mr Shane James
  • Dr Yik Teo

CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

Candidate statements will be available to voters during the voting period and are available to view here.

VOTING

All non-academic staff employed by the University are eligible to vote in this election. This includes professional staff and non-academic teaching staff on continuing and fixed term employment arrangements, but does not include people with sessional or casual arrangements.

Staff who are eligible to vote in this election will receive an email containing instructions on how to access the electronic ballot during the voting period.

Voting will open on 30 June and close 5:00pm, 15 July 2020.

QUESTIONS

If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact the Deputy Returning Officer, Council and Records Management.

E: elections@newcastle.edu.au

NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS

The University of Newcastle is to elect academic staff members of the University to the Academic Senate.

Nominations for the positions are now open and will close 5:00pm, Thursday 23 July 2020.

If required, an electronic ballot will be conducted. Voting will open on 11 August and close 5:00pm 26 August 2020.

The term of office of the persons elected will be two years from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022.

The following positions are available:

  • 2 positions available - Level D or E Academics of the Professoriate.  Elected by and from the Professoriate of the University with no more than two members in this category from the same Faculty. (note: in the 2020 elections, staff from the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment are not able to nominate in this category).
  • 1 position available -  Level D or E Academic from non-Callaghan location
  • 1 position available - Level C or D Academic from the Faculty of Education and Arts
  • 1 position available - Level C or D Academic from the Faculty of Health and Medicine
  • 1 position available - Level C or D Academic from the Faculty of Science
  • 1 position available - Level E Academic from the Faculty of Science
  • 1 position available - Level A or B Academic from the Faculty of Business and Law
  • 1 position available - Level C or D Academic from the Faculty of Business and Law
  • 1 position available - Level A or B Academic from the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
  • 1 position available - Level C or D Academic from the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

All Faculty positions will be elected by and from academic staff at that level within the respective Faculty.


Eligibility

All staff employed as academic staff by the University as at 23 July 2020 are eligible to nominate for this election. This includes academic staff on continuing and fixed term employment arrangements, but does not include people with sessional, casual or conjoint arrangements.

Why nominate

The Academic Senate is the primary forum for debate on academic issues in the University and is focused specifically on protecting, promoting and enhancing teaching, learning and research.

As an academic staff member on the Academic Senate, you will be invited to attend meetings, share your perspective as an academic and develop your governance skills and experience.

The term for these positions is 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022.

Click here for further information on the Academic Senate.

How to nominate

Nominations must be submitted on the approved Nomination Form. There must be a separate nomination form for each candidate.

You can include a statement (150 words or less) to support your nomination, together with a passport size photograph. This will be distributed to voters in the event there is more than one eligible nomination received for the positions available and an electronic ballot is required. The University Secretary reserves the right to edit a statement to ensure it contains no inappropriate material.

Download: Nomination Form

Completed nominations can be submitted by:

  • Email: elections@newcastle.edu.au; or
  • Post/deliver: Returning Officer, Council and Records Management, CH239, The Chancellery, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, 2308.

Publication of names of persons nominated

The names of persons nominated will be published on this web page from 24 July 2020.

Questions

If you would like more information or have questions, please contact the Deputy Returning Officer, Council and Records Management.

E: elections@newcastle.edu.au

Recent Results

STUDENT ELECTIONS

Visit the Student Elections Web Page for more information on student elections for positions on Council, Academic Senate, Faculty Boards and NUPSA.

Questions?

Do you have questions relating to elections? Read the Frequently Asked Questions fact sheet.

Contact the Deputy Returning Officer, Council and Records Management for further information on elections@newcastle.edu.au