Student elections 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 committees include the University Council, Academic Senate, Faculty Boards and NUPSA.
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
- 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 are created for each election and can be found under the 'Current Elections' section.
Rules, Legislation and Resources
- University of Newcastle Act 1989
- University of Newcastle By-law 2017
- Governance Rule
- Council Charter
- Constitution of the Academic Senate
- Faculty Board Terms of Reference
- Code of Conduct
- University Annual Report
- NeW Futures Strategic Plan 2016-2025
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 ElectionsNominations open for student positions on Council, Academic Senate and the Faculty Boards on the 29 July 2020.
Recent Election Results
There are no recent election results.
- Read the Student Elections – Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 155KB),
- Contact the Deputy Returning Officer, Council and Records Management for further information on email@example.com