Academic Board Elections & Inductions

Current Elections

Information for Academic Staff

  • Academic Board has 20 elected staff representatives, two from each School with one of these at level B/C and one at level D/E.  These representatives provide the academic voice in debates about policy and other academic governance matters at UNE. These representatives are voting members of the board and thus influence the tone and substance of academic policies and strategy. It is important that you know who your representatives are each year, so that you can relay any comments, views or concerns you might have about academic matters to one of them.
  • The Chair and two Deputy Chairs are elected from the Associate Professors and Professors of Academic Board and, as such, constitute elected members in their own right. You should always feel free to communicate directly with the Chair or one of the Deputy Chairs if you have any ideas, issues or concerns you wish to raise or discuss.
  • Four University and Academic Board committees report to the board and deal with important matters of academic governance and management. These committees are: the board's Standing Committee, the University Teaching and Learning Committee, the University Academic Program Committee and the University Research Committee. The Graduate Research Subcommittee and Graduate Research Examinations Board report to the Academic Board through the University Research Committee.
  • Academic Board approves the University’s academic rules and policies, which have an impact on you as a staff member. You can find these policies on the UNE Policies page.
  • The purpose and function of Academic Boards and Senates in Australian Universities: this policy paper was originally formulated at the National Conference of Chairs of Academic Boards and Senates held at the University of New South Wales in 2005 and revised at subsequent conferences in Adelaide (2012) and Sydney (2013). It provides a sector-wide view of the important academic policy and quality assurance function that academic boards and senates are expected to play in the post-2011 higher education sector in Australia, with the advent of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011 and the Tertiary Education and Quality Standards Agency.

Information for Students

From a student perspective, the following matters will be of interest:

  • Academic Board has two undergraduate student representatives and two postgraduate student representatives. These representatives provide the student voice in debates about policies and other academic governance matters at UNE. These representatives are voting members of the board and influence the tone and substance of academic policies and strategy. It is important that you know who your representatives are each year, so that you can relay any comments, views or concerns you might have about academic matters to one of them.
  • You can contact the Academic Board student representatives by visiting the Student Academic Representative Group (SARG) Moodle website and posting comments and questions. The student members monitor the SARG Moodle site continuously and will respond promptly.
  • Four University and Academic Board committees report to the board and deal with important matters of academic governance and management. These committees are: the Academic Board Standing Committee, the University Teaching and Learning Committee, the University Academic Program Committee and the University Research Committee. The Graduate Research Subcommittee and Graduate Research Examinations Board report to the Academic Board through the University Research Committee.
  • Academic Board approves the University’s academic rules and policies, which have an impact on you as a student. You can find these policies on the UNE Policies page.

Information for New Members

Chair and Deputy Chairs of Academic Board

Chair and Deputy Chairs of Academic Board

The Executive of the Academic Board consists of the Chair and two Deputy Chairs who are elected by the board from among the elected Professors and Associate Professors. In each case, their term of office is two years with a maximum of three consecutive terms in one office. At all times, both genders are represented on the board's Executive. Once elected, the Chair and Deputy Chairs are members of the board for the duration of their terms of office.

The role of the Academic Board Executive is to ensure the board fulfils its functions and purpose as set out in the board's Terms of Reference.

What Does the Chair Do?

The Chair, in his/her role, chairs the Academic Board and  the board's Standing Committee, and is an ex officio  member of the University Academic Program Committee, University Teaching and Learning Committee, University Research Committee and Graduate Research Subcommittee. He/she attends the Vice-Chancellor's Committee, is an ex officio member of Council, and is an ex officio member of academic staff promotion committees. The Chair is also a member of the Committee of Chairs of Academic Boards/Senates in NSW and the Territories, and attends the annual national meeting of Australian chairs of academic boards and senates. 

What Do the Deputy Chairs Do?

The two Deputy Chairs  are ex officio members of the board's Standing Committee. They assist the Chair as required, and are the Chair's nominees on the University Academic Program Committee and the University Teaching and Learning Committee.

What do board members do?

What Do Board Members Do?

  • Attend Academic Board meetings at 9 am on Mondays; dates are pre-set and can be found on the Meeting Dates  page of the Academic Board website.
  • Liaise with staff and students in yourSchool, particularly the Chairs of the School Teaching and Learning Committee and School Research Committee and the School HDR Coordinator, so as to understand the current academic policy, quality assurance and strategic matters and the views of the academy in relation to them.
  • Four elected members are required to serve on the Academic Board Standing Committee.
  • Communicate board decisions and discussion points with the academy.
  • Serve on working parties that might be established from time to time.
How do I get on to the Academic Board?

How Do I Get on to the Academic Board?

  • Academic staff in Schools at levels B-E may nominate for election as a board representative for their School whenever the Secretariat calls an election. Each School has two representatives (one at level B/C, one at level D/E), elected by secret ballot as per the Standing Orders of the Academic Board.
  • Elected members of the board will hold office for a period of three years, with elections for the board being held in rotation by School at the end of the year, to take effect from the first meeting of the Academic Board in the following year.
  • Elections of office bearers and representatives on Standing Committee, will be by secret ballot, and will be conducted by the Secretariat. Elections will be conducted in the manner determined from time to time by resolution of the board in its Standing Orders.
  • Elections for two student representatives are held toward the end of each year by the Secretariat. If successful, your two-year term will commence at the first meeting of the year. One undergraduate and one postgraduate student representative are elected each year.
What is the role of an elected representative?

What Is the Role of an Elected Representative?

Elected members of the board are expected to facilitate communication on various academic matters, policies and issues between the board and their respective School or the student body. They also provide the voice of the academy in relation to important academic matters.

What are the rules on attendance at meetings?

What Are the Rules on Attendance at Meetings?

The board must declare vacant an elected representative's place on the board on the grounds that she/he has been absent from three consecutive meetings of the board without leave of the board or that she/he has lost the qualification for election that  she/he possessed at the time of election. Leave of absence is not granted for extended absences. Members absent on Special Studies Programs may retain their membership, and their School is expected to provide a replacement member during their absence.

Guide for new and potential elected and ex officio members of the Academic Board

Guide for New and Potential Elected
and Ex Officio Members of the Academic Board

Important notes

  • For academics considering standing for election to Academic Board: the work of the Board demands a high level of commitment from its elected members, both in terms of attendance and participation. You need to be prepared to commit an average of three hours per month to the work and meetings of the board and will be expected to facilitate regular communication about relevant documents, policies and issues between the board and your constituency.
  • For most new ex officio members: the work of the board demands a high level of commitment as well as leadership from its ex officio members in terms of attendance, sharing of information and participation. You should expect to commit an average of three hours per month towards the work and meetings of the board and to facilitate communication about relevant documents, policies and issues between the board and the group where your role has qualified you for board membership. However, some ex officio roles (e.g. PDVC, PVCs) will involve a greater level of commitment, due to simultaneous involvement with Academic Board and one or more of its committees and a regular requirement to present reports to the board.

Role of elected and ex officio members 

Elected and ex officio members of the Academic Board have the following roles and responsibilities:

  1. attend meetings fully prepared, having read all relevant documents, on a regular basis;
  2. actively contribute to discussions at meetings;
  3. serve as a communication conduit to their School or area regarding actions, policies and new developments of the board or committee, as appropriate;
  4. organise for feedback to be provided on actions, policies and new developments, when requested;
  5. clearly distinguish between views/contributions/feedback they are providing as an individual and views/contributions/feedback they are providing with the intention to represent their School or area, and
  6. declare, at the outset of a meeting, any conflict of interest they might have with any matter on the agenda.

Duties of Academic Board members

(as described in the Terms of Reference of Academic Board)

As a governance body reporting to the University Council, the duties that apply to Council members are deemed to apply to the members of the Academic Board when they are carrying out their Academic Board functions. Each member of the Academic Board must carry out his or her Academic Board functions subject to the duties as set out in Schedule 2A of the UNE Act. These duties are as follows:

  1. duty to act in the best interests of the University;
  2. duty to exercise care and diligence;
  3. duty not to improperly use position;
  4. duty not to improperly use information, and
  5. disclosure of material interests.

All elected and ex officio members should be fully familiar with the Terms of Reference of the Academic Board and with the Standing Orders of Academic Board (these are currently being revised). The Terms of Reference formalise the purpose, functions and structure of the Academic Board and form part of the governance by-laws for the University of New England. The Standing Orders address a range of matters relating to the conduct of meetings and business of the Academic Board.

More specific information about aspects of the work of the Academic Board can be found on this website (containing links to important information such as the current membership of the Academic Board; approved operating principles policies and procedures of Academic Board; minutes and agendas for Academic Board and University committees meetings, and documents and reports immediately relevant to the effective functioning of the board).