Academic Board Student Election

2022 Election for Student members of Academic Board and Faculty Boards

Southern Cross University values the student voice and offers students a number of opportunities to actively participate and contribute to the University’s decision-making processes. The University is currently looking for students who are interested in academic governance.

Nominations for the student member positions of Academic Board and Faculty Boards are now open. Students may nominate for a position on Academic Board and their relevant Faculty Board.

These roles are undertaken on a voluntary basis and offer leadership, professional development, and networking opportunities. It is an environment in which to learn workforce skills, including:

  • Team-work
  • Negotiation
  • Leadership
  • Organisation
  • Governance and committee processes.

Academic Board

Academic Board is the principal academic body responsible for establishing and maintaining the highest standards in teaching and research in the University. It is the primary advisory committee of the University Council on academic matters and provides a forum for the discussion and debate of the academic directions of the University, as well as the quality of its academic programs. Further information about the role of Academic Board is set out in its Terms of Reference.

Faculty Boards

Each University Faculty and College has a Faculty Board. These Faculty Boards are committees of Academic Board and responsible for providing advice to Academic Board on academic initiatives and innovations of the Faculty and overseeing the quality of the academic matters relating to research and teaching programs, practices, and standards. Further information about the role of the Faculty Boards is set out the Standing Orders - Academic Board and its Committees.

Term of office
The term of office is one year from the first meeting following confirmation of membership.

What is involved
Academic Board meets five times per year. Each Faculty Board meets six times a year. Meetings usually run for two hours each time.

The meetings may be held in person or via Zoom. Zoom has been the main option in recent years due to COVID-19 and this has worked very well, particularly for members who are not located near a main campus. A zoom link is sent to members ahead of each meeting. Meeting papers are shared electronically, normally about a week before the meeting. Additional reading time is required to review agenda papers which may vary in length for each meeting.

As a student member, you will be required to read agenda papers and attend the meetings, where you will discuss agenda items, share your perspective as a student, and vote on resolutions. From time to time, the student members of Academic Board may be asked to be a member of the Academic Board Appeals Committee, which hears student academic appeals.

Additionally, you may be invited to participate in various working parties and workshops. Where these involve travel, all reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

There is an induction process for commencing student members and mentoring will be available for the term of office.

Student Member Positions
Academic Board One Coursework Student
One Higher Degree Research Student
Faculty of Business, Law and Arts One Coursework Student
One Higher Degree Research Student
Faculty of Science and Engineering One Coursework Student
One Higher Degree Research Student
Gnibi College of Australian Indigenous Peoples One Coursework Student
SCU College One Coursework Student
Faculty of Education One Coursework Student
One Higher Degree Research Student
Faculty of Health One Coursework Student
One Higher Degree Research Student

Eligibility criteria
To be eligible, students:

  • must be currently enrolled in a course at the University; and
  • are not on a leave of absence.

Faculty Board:
Student members of Faculty Boards will be elected from students who nominate for the position and who are, at the time of nomination:

  • in the case of coursework students, admitted to a course administered by the relevant Faculty or College; or
  • in the case of Higher Degree Research Students, admitted to a Higher Degree Research course of the University and whose principal supervisor is an academic staff member of the relevant Faculty or College

Academic Board:
Student members of Academic Board will be elected from students who nominate for the position in accordance with (a) and (b) above, regardless of what Faculty or College they are enrolled in. 

How to nominate
The University has appointed an external online voting and election service provider (BigPulse) to conduct the nomination process and subsequent election on its behalf. 

An email will be sent to eligible students inviting them to nominate via a special link to an online nomination form.

To support their nomination, candidates may provide a statement of not more than 150 words containing information relating to the position they are nominating for. That information may include, for example, the following particulars:

  • full name;
  • work unit or course of study;
  • qualifications and experience; and
  • positions or offices held at any time with public bodies, clubs and institutions (including University clubs and societies) with dates of tenure.

The nomination period for all of the roles commences at 9:00 am (AEDT), Monday, 28 March 2022 and closes at 4:00 pm (AEST) on Monday, 11 April 2022.

If one nomination is received for any of the student member positions, that candidate will be appointed unopposed. If two or more nominations are received, the members of Academic Board or the relevant Faculty Board will elect the student representative from the available candidates.

The election for all positions will be conducted from 9:00 am (AEST) on Wednesday, 13 April 2022 to 4:00 pm (AEST), Tuesday, 19 April 2022.

The following staff have been appointed to assist with the nomination and any elections:

Tracy Manning, Gayle Cooper, and Sarah Rickard.

Enquiries should be directed to governance.services@scu.edu.au.

Belinda Atkinson
Returning Officer
28 March 2022