Staff elections

Elections for staff positions on University Council, Academic Senate and College Boards are conducted by Governance and Assurance Services with the University Secretary being the Returning Officer.

Other bodies throughout the University conduct their own elections for positions on their Boards and Committees.

This webpage only deals with the elections undertaken by Governance and Assurance Services.

The University has a range of opportunities for staff to become involved in Committees that contribute to the teaching, learning and the business of the University. Committee members get to meet an influential network of people, learn new skills, develop their professional skills and effect change at the University.

Do you have questions relating to elections?  Read the Frequently Asked Questions fact sheet and the Election Information and Resources page.

2021 Staff Elections

Election of Academic Staff member to the University Council

Election for Academic Staff members on College Boards

Election for College Board Representatives on Academic Senate

Recent Election Results

Notice of Results -  University Council

Nominations were called to elect one academic staff member to fill a casual vacancy on the University Council for a term of office until 31 August 2022.

An optional preferential ballot was held and the successful candidate is:

Professor Jennifer Martin

Notice of Results - Academic Senate Elections

Nominations were called to elect academic staff members of the University to the Academic Senate. At the close of the nomination period, four positions were elected unopposed and a ballot was held for four positions.

There are two positions remaining which received no nominations. These positions will be filled by appointment on the recommendation of the President of the Academic Senate and the relevant Pro Vice-Chancellor.

Download Notice of Result here.


Contact the Deputy Returning Officer for all elections questions on

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