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 academic staff representing faculties and University schools. The next election of academic staff members will be for the term of office 1 January 2018 - 31 December 2019.

Nominations for election open on Monday 25 September 2017 and must be returned to the by 4pm on Monday 9 October 2017. If necessary, an electronic ballot will commence on Monday 16 October 2017 and close at 4pm on Monday 30 October 2017. Candidates may self-nominate by completing and returning the form available here.

Available positions are set out in section 3.3 of the Academic Board Rule, and are summarised as follows:

  • 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
Architecture, Design and Planning 4  
Arts and 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  
Dentistry 8  
Engineering and Information Technologies 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 Information Technologies
    3 x unallocated
Health Sciences 8  
Law 4  
Medicine 12 1 x School of Medical Sciences
    1 x School of Public Health
    10 x unallocated
Nursing 8  
Pharmacy 8  
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. The next election of student members will be for the term of office 1 January 2018 - 31 December 2018.

Nominations for election open on Monday 25 September 2017 and must be returned to the by 4pm on Monday 9 October 2017. If necessary, an electronic ballot will commence on Monday 16 October 2017 and close at 4pm on Monday 30 October 2017. Candidates may self-nominate by completing and returning the form available here.

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

  • 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 (for Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy and Nursing, student members of the faculty will elect student members of the Academic Board from among themselves)
Faculty/University school Total number of student members
Architecture, Design and Planning 2
Arts and Social Sciences 4
Business School 2
Conservatorium of Music 2
Dentistry 2
Engineering and Information Technologies 2
Health Sciences 2
Law 2
Medicine 4
Nursing 2
Pharmacy 2
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. The next election for the Chair of the Academic Board will be for a two year term of office, from 1 January 2018 - 31 December 2019.

Nominations for election open on Monday 16 October 2017 and must be returned to the by 4pm on Monday 30 October 2017. Candidates may self-nominate by completing and returning the nomination form that will be available once nominations open.

If more than one nomination is received, the election will proceed to a ballot. If necessary, an electronic ballot will commence on Monday 6 November 2017 and close at 4pm on Monday 20 November 2017. Further information will be available as necessary.

Read more about the responsibilities of Academic Board and the role of the Chair of Academic Board.


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 the Executive Officer to Academic Board:

Executive Officer to Academic Board
Dr Matthew Charet
T +61 2 9114 1356
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