Student Elections

Student elections for positions on University Council, Academic Senate and the Faculty Boards are conducted by the University Secretary as Returning Officer. The University has a range of opportunities for students to become involved in committees that contribute to the teaching, learning and the business of the University.

The student voice is an important voice in University matters and ensures that students are able to have a say in important decisions. The University seeks students for membership on committees who want to:

  • meet new people;
  • learn new skills; and
  • effect change at the University.

Student who are elected to a committee need to attend meetings, read the meeting papers and be prepared to discuss items at meetings and share their perspective as a student.

Student representatives serve for a period of one year from 1 January to 31 December.

Joining such groups allows you to expand your network and is a great environment in which to learn the various skills which are invaluable once in the workforce, such as:

  • team work
  • negotiation
  • leadership
  • organisation
  • financial management
  • committee processes
  • understanding of the importance of good governance for the effective running of an organisation
  • understanding your role and responsibilities as a director or member of a board or Council

The long‐term benefits of the student governance experience have been proven in various studies that show:

  • the positive impact of student involvement is evident in overall student excellence, leadership, job placement and potential job success
  • the more a student gets involved in the academic life of an institution, the greater the acquisition of knowledge and development of skills

All students eligible to nominate for open positions are sent an email to their student email account at the beginning of each nomination period outlining the nomination process. You will need to fill in a nomination form and send it to the Student Elections team. The process is specified for each election period.

You will be advised of any elections in which you are eligible to vote via email. In the majority of cases, voting occurs through the 'Surveys' function in the myUON portal. This will be confirmed in each election. Your vote is always confidential.

Nomination Forms

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

Rules, Legislation and Resources

Generation Governance

Generation Governance is an online resource for student leaders. It offers a free online governance course, and tips and tools for running a successful student organisation.


Current Student Elections

OUTCOME OF NOMINATIONS

NOTICE OF BALLOT

Nominations were called to elect students of the University to the Academic Senate for a one year term from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021.

At the close of the nomination period, a number of valid nominations were received and an electronic optional preferential ballot will be conducted to elect one student for the below position.

One undergraduate student to Academic Senate

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

  • Ellie Fisher
  • Ujjwal Singh Tanwar
  • Emily Strauss

Candidate Statements

Candidate statements will be included as part of the electronic ballot and are available to view here.


Voting

All currently enrolled undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University are eligible to vote in this election. Students 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 is open and will close at 5.00pm Friday 30 October 2020.

Publication of Results

The results will be available to view under the 'Recent Election Results' web page on the 2 November 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 Election Results

­Nominations were called for the student position to the University Council for a term of office from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021.

A ballot was held and the successful candidate is:

  • Mr Lucas Dowling

Nominations were called for student positions on the Academic Senate for a term of office from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021.

The election results are below:

Academic Senate

PositionSuccessful candidate
1 x undergraduate student (Callaghan)To be announced on 2 November 2020
1 x undergraduate student (other location)Mr Kyle Johnson
1 x postgraduate coursework studentNil nominations received
1 x postgraduate higher degree research studentMr Evan Gibbs

Nominations were called for student positions on the Faculty Boards for a term of office from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021.

The election results are below:

Faculty of Business and Law (FBUSL)

PositionSuccessful candidate
1 x undergraduate studentMr David Kolarovski
1 x postgraduate coursework studentMs Jessica Duck
1 x postgraduate higher degree research studentNil nominations received

Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment (FEBE)

PositionSuccessful candidate
1 x undergraduate studentMs Sakshi Mehta
1 x postgraduate coursework studentMs Leya Joseph
1 x postgraduate higher degree research studentNil nominations received

Faculty of Education and Arts (FEDUA)

PositionSuccessful candidate
1 x undergraduate studentMr Ian Parsons
1 x postgraduate coursework studentNil nominations received
1 x postgraduate higher degree research studentMr Shakeel Mahmood

Faculty of Health and Medicine (FHEAM)

PositionSuccessful candidate
1 x undergraduate studentMr Jaskaran Bains
1 x postgraduate coursework studentNil nominations received
1 x postgraduate higher degree research studentMs Olivia Carroll

Faculty of Science (FSCI)

PositionSuccessful candidate
1 x undergraduate studentNil nominations received
1 x postgraduate coursework studentNil nominations received
1 x postgraduate higher degree research studentMs Catherine Dawson

Questions?

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

Contact

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