Student elections to faculties, faculty boards, University schools and University school boards

At the beginning of 2017 the University simplified its organisational structure and in doing so established a new Governance Rule. The University of Sydney (Governance of Faculties and University Schools) Rule 2016 (the Rule) provides a new governance framework for the following faculties and University schools:

  • Faculties: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney Business School, the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Faculty of Medicine and Health and the Faculty of Science.
  • University schools: Sydney School of Architecture, Design & Planning, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Sydney Law School.

Under this Rule, faculties and University schools are to set up faculty boards and University school boards, including elected or appointed student representation to fill positions on these bodies, for a one year term of office.

A faculty or a University school is a consultative forum that meets at least once a semester and can, for example, receive and consider reports on academic matters and make recommendations on academic matters to the faculty board/University school board.

A faculty board or a University school board is responsible for academic decision-making and meets at least twice a year. It includes ex-officio members, elected academic staff, elected or appointed professional staff and elected student members.

A specified number of positions have been allocated to students, as summarised below.

The election process

There will be a single electorate in each faculty or University school for all student positions in any faculty or University school election. This means that all students in each faculty or University school vote for undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and higher degree by research student representatives.

Students in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, The University of Sydney Business School, the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Faculty of Medicine and Health and the Faculty of Science are able to nominate for membership of their faculty and/or faculty board.

Students in Sydney School of Architecture, Design & Planning, the Conservatorium of Music and Sydney Law School are able to nominate for membership of their University school and/or University school board.

Elections will be held separately in 2019 for each of these bodies for a one (1) year term from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019.

For the 2019 elections, the University Secretariat will contact eligible students with an invitation to nominate and, where required, will extend an invitation to vote in each election. Nominations will open on Tuesday 16 July and close at 4pm sharp on Tuesday 30 July 2019.

If at the close of nominations there are an equal number or fewer nominees than positions available, the nominees will be declared elected unopposed. If more nominees are received than positions available in any election, that election will proceed to a ballot. If required, voting will open on Tuesday 13 August and close at 4pm sharp on Tuesday 27 August 2019.

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Faculty and faculty board elections

University school and University school board elections

Faculty and faculty board elections

Allocated student positions

The Rule stipulates that for each faculty, there will be at least 10 student members elected by the students of the faculty and that for each faculty board there will be between four and eight student members elected by the students of the faculty.

Each faculty board has allocated a specified number of elected student positions for each of the following groups: undergraduate students; postgraduate coursework students; and higher degree by research students, 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.

Faculty

Type

Allocation

Arts & Social Sciences

Faculty

10 Total

 

Undergraduate

4

Postgraduate coursework

3

Higher degree by research

3

Faculty board

8 Total

Undergraduate

4

Postgraduate coursework

2

Higher degree by research

2

Business School

Faculty

12 Total

 

Undergraduate

4

Postgraduate coursework

4

Higher degree by research

4

Faculty board

6 Total

Undergraduate

2

Postgraduate coursework

2

Higher degree by research

2

Engineering

Faculty

10 Total

 

Undergraduate

6

Postgraduate coursework

2

Higher degree by research

2

Faculty board

5 Total

Undergraduate

3

Postgraduate coursework

1

Higher degree by research

1

Health Sciences

Faculty

11 Total

 

Undergraduate

5

Postgraduate coursework

3

Higher degree by research

3

Faculty board

8 Total

Undergraduate

4

Postgraduate coursework

2

Higher degree by research

2

Medicine and Health

Faculty

12 Total

 

Undergraduate

4

Postgraduate coursework

4

Higher degree by research

4

Faculty Board

8 Total

Undergraduate

3

Postgraduate coursework

2

Higher degree by research

3

Science

Faculty

10 Total

 

Undergraduate

5

Postgraduate coursework

2

Higher degree by research

3

Faculty board

8 Total

Undergraduate

4

Postgraduate coursework

1

Higher degree by research

3

University school and University school board elections

University school allocations

The Rule stipulates that for each University school, there will be at least four student members elected by the students of the University school and that for each University school board, there will be between two and five student members elected by the students of the University school.

The University school boards have allocated a specified number of elected student positions for each of the following groups: undergraduate students; postgraduate coursework students; and higher degree by research students, for both the University school and the University school board, 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.

University school

Type

Allocation

Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

University school

4 Total

 

Undergraduate

2

Postgraduate coursework

1

Higher degree by research

1             

University school board

4 Total

Undergraduate

2

Postgraduate coursework

1

Higher degree by research

1

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

University school

4 Total

 

Undergraduate

2

Postgraduate coursework

1

Higher degree by research

1             

University school board

4 Total

Undergraduate

2

Postgraduate coursework

1

Higher degree by research

1

Sydney Law School

University school

4 Total

 

Undergraduate

1

Postgraduate coursework

2

Higher degree by research

1

University school board

4 Total

Undergraduate

1

Postgraduate coursework

2

Higher degree by research

1