Academic Board Student Election

Nominations are invited for one undergraduate and one postgraduate student member for the Academic Board of Southern Cross University.

The student voice is important to Southern Cross University and the student members on the Academic Board provide valuable input into academic decisions by the University.

Joining Academic Board offers leadership, professional development and networking opportunities.  It is an environment in which to learn workforce skills such as: 

  • Team work
  • Negotiation
  • Leadership
  • Organisation
  • Committee processes

What does Academic Board do?

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. 

What are Academic Board student members expected to do? 

As a student member you will be required to read agenda papers and attend Academic Board meetings, where you will discuss agenda items, share your perspective as a student, and vote on resolutions. Academic Board meets six times per year with members attending at the Gold Coast, Lismore or Coffs Harbour campuses. 

You may also be invited to participate as a member of various working parties and or workshops during your 12 month elected membership of Academic Board. Should these involve travel, all reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

From time to time, you may also be asked to be a member of the Academic Board Appeals Committee which hears student academic appeals. 

The Chair of Academic Board provides an induction process to commencing student members and mentoring will be available for the term of office.

Term of Office

The term of office is one year from the date of the first meeting of the Academic Board following confirmation of membership.  

Eligibility for Nomination

You are eligible to nominate if, as at 22 January 2020, you are enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate course at the University.

  • An undergraduate course is a course of study that leads to one or more of the following higher education awards: diploma, associate degree, advanced diploma and bachelor.
  • A postgraduate course is a course of study that leads to one or more of the following higher education awards: graduate diploma, graduate certificate, master's degree, doctoral degree.


If two or more nominations are received, an election will be conducted from 15:00 (AEDT) Wednesday 19 February 2020 and will close at 15:00 (AEDT) Wednesday 4 March 2020.

The ‘optional preferential’ system will be used in accordance with the Southern Cross University Council Election Rule. The election will be conducted electronically via BigPulse Online Elections.

The following staff are appointed to assist with the election:

Julie Glass, Tracy Manning, Elizabeth Kelleher

Enquiries should be directed to governance.services@scu.edu.au or telephone 02 6620 3967.

Belinda Atkinson
Returning Officer
22 January 2020