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

Current Staff Elections

Notice of Nominations - Election of Academic Staff to the Academic Senate

The University of Newcastle (UON) is to elect academic staff to the Academic Senate.

Nominations for the positions are now open and will close 5:00pm, Wednesday 17 July 2019.

If required, an electronic ballot will be conducted, and voting will close Tuesday 20 August 2019.

The term of office of the persons elected will be two years from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021.

The following positions are available:

Professoriate from across the University
Members of the professoriate (academic staff appointed to Level D or E positions) elected by and from the professoriate of the University, with no more than two members in this category from the same Faculty. 1 x position

Academic staff members from the following levels, elected by and from the academic staff at that level within the respective Faculty.

Faculty of Education and Arts (FEDUA)

  • Level A or B - 1 x position
  • Level E  - 1 x position

Faculty of Health and Medicine (FHEAM)

  • Level A or B - 1 x position
  • Level E - 1 x position

Faculty of Science (FSCI)

  • Level A or B - 1 x position

Faculty of Business and Law (FBUSL)

  • Level E - 1 x position

Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment (FEBE)

  • Level E - 1 x position

English Language and Foundation Studies Centre (ELFSC)

  • Any academic level - 1 x position


The following academic staff are eligible for this election (except those who are ex-officio members of the Academic Senate):

  • Professors within the University; and
  • Persons employed as contingent, continuing or fixed term of the University in the position of Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer or Lecturer within the University.

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 2019 to 31 December 2020.

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 are encouraged to 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 position available and we need to hold an electronic ballot. If your statement is longer than 150 words, the University Secretary reserves the right to edit it down.

Download: Nomination Form

Completed nominations can be submitted by:

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

Publication of names of persons nominated/elected unopposed

The names of persons nominated and/or elected unopposed will be published on this web page by 5 August 2019.


If you have any questions regarding this election please email elections@newcastle.edu.au.

There are currently no Council appointment processes open.

Student Elections

Visit the Student Elections Web Page for more information.