Academic Board elections

Role of the Academic Board
Election of academic staff to the Academic Board
Election of student members to the Academic Board
Election of Chair of the Academic Board
Governance of elections
Contact

Role of the Academic Board

Subject to the Act, the By-law, the governing authority of the Senate and to the powers of the Vice-Chancellor, the Academic Board has principal responsibility for:

  • assuring the highest standards in teaching, scholarship and research and, in so doing, safeguarding the academic freedom of the University;
  • overseeing and monitoring the development of academic activities of the University;
  • communicating with the academic community, particularly through academic organisational units such as faculties, University schools, boards of studies and centres; and
  • providing a forum for debate and information flow within the University in relation to academic matters.

Further information about the Academic Board, its committees, members and Chair are available on the Academic Board website, as well as in the University of Sydney (Academic Board) Rule 2017 (the Academic Board Rule).


Election of academic staff to the Academic Board

Two year term of office

Elections to the Academic Board are held every two years for staff members representing faculties and University schools. Nominations for the term of office of 1 January 2020 - 31 December 2021 will open on Wednesday 4 September 2019 and will close at 4pm sharp on Tuesday 17 September 2019.

In the event that the number of nominations is equal to or less than the number of vacancies, the candidate or candidates will be declared elected in accordance with the University of Sydney (Academic Board) Rule 2017 (the Academic Board Rule).

In the event of there being more candidates than vacancies, an electronic ballot will be held. Any necessary ballots will commence from 9.00am Tuesday 24 September 2019 and will close at 4pm sharp on Tuesday 8 October 2019.

Positions available in this election are set out in section 3.3 of the Academic Board Rule, and are summarised as follows*:

*Please note that the allocations for the Faculty of Medicine & Health, and the Faculty of Health Sciences are subject to amendment in 2019 pending transitional arrangements to be made for the integration of both faculties, effective 1 January 2020.

  • Faculties and University schools appoint either four, eight, 12 or 16 staff members each, depending on size
  • One of each faculty or University school’s member entitlement will be allocated for each school (other than a clinical school) within the faculty or University school
  • at least 25% of staff must be from Levels A-C, and at least 25% must be from Levels D and E, with at least one from Level E
Faculty/University school Total number of staff positions  Allocated positions (minimum number of staff appointed from each school)
Architecture, Design & Planning 4  
Arts & Social Sciences 12 1 x School of Economics
    1 x School of Education and Social Work
    1 x School of Languages and Cultures
    1 x School of Literature, Art and Media
    1 x School of Philosophical and Historical Enquiry
    1 x School of Social and Political Sciences
    6 x unallocated
Business School 8  
Conservatorium of Music 4  
Engineering 8 1 x School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
    1 x School of Civil Engineering
    1 x School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    1 x School of Electrical and Information Engineering
    1 x School of Computer Science
    3 x unallocated
Health Sciences 8  
Law 4  
Medicine & Health 12 1 x School of Medical Sciences
    1 x School of Public Health
    10 x unallocated
Science 12 1 x School of Chemistry
    1 x School of Geosciences
    1 x School of History and Philosophy of Science
    1 x School of Life and Environmental Sciences
    1 x School of Mathematics and Statistics
    1 x School of Physics
    1 x School of Psychology
    1 x School of Veterinary Science
    4 x unallocated

Election of student members to the Academic Board

One year term of office

Elections to the Academic Board are held every years for student members representing faculties and University schools. Nominations for the term of office of 1 January 2020 - 31 December 2020 will open on Wednesday 4 September 2019 and will close at 4pm sharp on Tuesday 17 September 2019.

In the event that the number of nominations is equal to or less than the number of vacancies, the candidate or candidates will be declared elected in accordance with the University of Sydney (Academic Board) Rule 2017 (the Academic Board Rule).

In the event of there being more candidates than vacancies, an electronic ballot will be held. Any necessary ballots will commence from 9.00am Tuesday 24 September 2019 and will close at 4pm sharp on Tuesday 8 October 2019.

Available positions are set out in section 3.4 of the Academic Board Rule, and are summarised as follows*:

*Please note that the allocations for the Faculty of Medicine & Health, and the Faculty of Health Sciences are subject to amendment in 2019 pending transitional arrangements to be made for the integration of both faculties, effective 1 January 2020.

  • Faculties and university schools appoint either two or four student members each, depending on size
  • at least one elected student member of the Academic Board must be an undergraduate student and one a postgraduate student
  • student members of each faculty and University school board will elect student members of the Academic Board from among themselves.
Faculty/University school Total number of student members
Architecture, Design & Planning 2
Arts & Social Sciences 4
Business School 2
Conservatorium of Music 2
Engineering & Information Technologies 2
Health Sciences 2
Law 2
Medicine & Health 4
Science 4

Election of Chair of the Academic Board

Two year term of office

Elections are held every two years for the Chair of the Academic Board. An election for a term of office, from 1 January 2020 - 31 December 2021 will be conducted, with nominations to open on Tuesday, 24 September 2019 and close at 4pm sharp on Tuesday 8 October 2019.

In the event of there being more than one nomination received, an electronic ballot will be held. Any necessary ballot will be held from 9.00am, Tuesday 15 October and close at 4.00pm sharp on Tuesday 29 October 2019.


Governance of elections

Elections of staff and student members and of the Chair of the Academic Board are conducted in accordance with the requirements of the University of Sydney (Academic Board) Rule 2017 and the Election Procedures 2017.


Contact

For more information about Academic Board elections, please contact:

Manager of Governance (Senate and Academic Board)
Alyssa White
T +61 2 8627 6905
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