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Academic Board Student Election

The student voice is very important to Southern Cross University and students have the opportunity to provide input in a number of ways.  The University is currently looking for students who want to be involved in the University’s academic governance and in the oversight of operations by its subsidiary company, Southern Cross Campus Services Limited. 

Nominations are now opened for the following positions: 

  • Student member of Academic Board (one coursework student and one higher degree research student)
  • Student member of a Faculty Board (for each Faculty Board, one coursework student and where relevant, one higher degree research student)
  • Student representative on the Board of Directors of Southern Cross Campus Services Ltd

To be eligible to nominate, you must be currently enrolled as a student of the University.  You can nominate for more than one of the available positions.  If you nominate for more than one position and are elected in one of them, we will contact you to confirm whether you want to pursue your nomination for the other position or positions.

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.

Further information on the roles is set out below and you are encouraged to read that information in full before nominating.

Academic Board and the Faculty Boards

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.

In addition, each University Faculty and College has a Faculty Board.  These Faculty Boards are committees of Academic Board and are 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.  The meetings may be held in person or via Zoom. 

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. 

Finally, you may be invited to participate as a member of various working parties and/or workshops.  Should 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.

Election

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 of student members of Academic Board will be conducted from 9:00am (AEDT) on Monday, 8 March 2021 to 4:00pm (AEDT), Friday, 12 March 2021. 

The election of student members of the Faculty Boards will be conducted from 9:00am (AEDT) on Monday, 29 March 2021 to 4:00pm (AEDT), Friday, 2 April 2021.

Southern Cross Campus Services

Southern Cross University Campus Services Limited is a company owned by the University.  It offers a range of services across our Lismore, Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour campuses including:

Term of office

The term of office is one year from appointment as a director.

What is involved

The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing Campus Services’ operations and making sure it is working towards achieving its purpose.  Campus Services meets approximately twice a year.  As a director, you will be required to read agenda papers, attend the meetings, discuss the agenda items, and vote on resolutions.

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

Appointment

The University Council is responsible for appointing the directors of Campus Services, including the student representative.  The nominations received will be presented to Council for consideration at its meeting on 25 March 2021

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

Julie Glass, Tracy Manning and Gayle Cooper.

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

Belinda Atkinson
Returning Officer
19 February 2021