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

NOTICE FOR NOMINATIONS

The University of Newcastle is to elect academic staff members of the University to the Faculty Boards.

Nominations for the positions are now open and will close 5:00pm, Tuesday 29 September 2020.

If required, an electronic ballot will be conducted. Voting will open on 1 October and close 15 October 2020.

Due to the proposed Faculty changes, one year terms on Faculty Boards are being offered from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021.

The following positions are available:

Membership on Faculty Boards – Positions available

Faculty of Education and Arts (FEDUA)

School of Creative Industries

2 x one year positions

1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2021

School of Education

2 x one year positions

1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2021

School of Humanities and Social Science

2 x one year positions

1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2021

Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment (FEBE)

School of Architecture and Built Environment

3 x one year positions

1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2021

School of Electrical Engineering and Computing

1 x one year position

1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2021

School of Engineering

4 x one year positions

1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2021

Faculty of Health and Medicine (FHEAM)

School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

1 x one year position

1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2021

School of Health Sciences

1 x one year position

1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2021

School of Medicine and Public Health

3 x one year positions

1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2021

School of Nursing and Midwifery

2 x one year positions

1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2021

Faculty of Science (FSCI)

School of Environmental and Life Sciences

2 x one year positions

1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2021

School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

2 x one year positions

1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2021

School of Psychology

2 x one year positions

1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2021

Faculty of Business and Law (FBUSL)

Newcastle Business School

2 x one year positions

1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2021

Newcastle Law School

4 x one year positions

1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2021

Elected Faculty Board representative to the Academic Senate – Positions available

Faculty of Education and Arts (FEDUA)

1 x one year position available

1 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2021

Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment (FEBE)

1 x one year position available

1 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2021

Faculty of Science (FSCI)

1 x one year position available

1 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2021

Faculty of Business and Law (FBUSL)

1 x one year position available

1 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2021

Eligibility

  • All staff employed as academic staff by the University as at 29 September 2020 (close of nominations) are eligible to nominate for this election.
  • Academic staff of the relevant school who hold a substantive academic position of 0.5 full-time equivalent or above with a contract period of 12 months or longer are eligible to nominate.
  • Academic staff are also eligible to nominate themselves as the elected Faculty Board representative (except FHEAM representative) to the Academic Senate, in the event they are elected to the Faculty Board.

Why nominate

Faculty Boards oversee teaching, learning, assessment and research activities within the Faculty and are chaired by the Faculty’s Pro Vice-Chancellor. They are responsible for continuous improvement and things like approving academic content and new courses, faculty procedures and managing schools within the faculty.

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

Click here for further information on the Faculty Boards.

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 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. If your statement is longer than 150 words, the University Secretary reserves the right to edit it down.

Download: Nomination Form

The completed Nomination Form can be submitted by email to elections@newcastle.edu.au.

Publication of names of persons nominated

The names of persons nominated will be published on this web page from 1 October 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

Recent Results

NOTICE OF RESULTS


A preferential ballot was held to elect two academic staff members to the University Council for a term of office from 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2022.

Ten valid nominations were received and an electronic ballot was held.

The voting period closed at 5:00pm on Wednesday 15 July and a count was conducted on Thursday 16 July 2020.

The following candidates are declared elected:
  • Associate Professor Brendan Boyle; and
  • Professor Jennifer Martin.

NOTICE OF RESULTS


A preferential ballot was held to elect one non-academic staff member to the University Council for a term of office from 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2022.

Five valid nominations were received and an electronic ballot was held.

The voting period closed at 5:00pm on Wednesday 15 July and a count was conducted on Thursday 16 July 2020.

The following candidate is declared elected:

Ms Natalie Downing

NOTICE OF ELECTION RESULTS


Nominations were called to elect academic staff members of the University to the Academic Senate for a two year term from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022.

The following candidates are declared elected:

PositionLevelSuccessful Candidate

Members of the Professoriate - Callaghan

Level D or E

Associate Professor Sally Hewat

and

Associate Professor Jennifer Schneider

Member of the Professoriate - Non-Callaghan location

Level D or EAssociate Professor Stefania Paolini
Faculty of Education and ArtsLevel C or DDr Angela Page
Faculty of Health and MedicineLevel C or DDr Richard McGee
Faculty of ScienceLevel C or D

Dr Linda Campbell

Faculty of ScienceLevel EProfessor Florian Breuer

Faculty of Business and Law

Level C or DAssociate Professor Frank Agbola

Faculty of Business and Law

Level A or BDr Bin Li

Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Level A or B

Dr Chethana Illankoon

Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Level C or D

Associate Professor Karen Blackmore

STUDENT ELECTIONS

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

Questions?

Do you have questions relating to elections? Read the Frequently Asked Questions fact sheet and the documents in the More Information and Resources.

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