Council Elections 2020

2020 University Council elections

The call for nominations for the election of academic, professional and student members of the University Council will commence on 27 May 2020. Voting, if required, is expected to commence on or around 24 June 2020. Please see below and the general election information page of this website, for important information about the role and expectations of Council members, information for nominees and general details regarding the election timing and protocols.

Notice of Election

The University of New England is calling for nominations for elected representatives of UNE Council, from the following members of the UNE Community. These categories and terms are as prescribed in the University of New England By-Law 2005 (NSW):

  • an Academic Staff Representative, for a term of 2 years;
  • a Professional Staff (non-academic) Representative, for a term of 2 years; and
  • a Student Representative (may be undergraduate or postgraduate), for a term of 2 years.

The term of service will commence in either mid-August 2020 for the staff representatives, or mid-October 2020 for the student representative.

Nominating for election

Persons who are considering nominating for election to the Council should be aware of the duties and responsibilities of Council membership consistent with Schedule 2A of the UNE Act 1993 and the requirement for members of governing bodies to be fit and proper persons as outlined in clause 6.1 (2) of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015. For more information about the elections, about nominating to be a representative on Council, or about the 2020 election process, please review the general election information page or contact the Deputy Returning Officer at councilelections@une.edu.au.

UNE will be using election provider BigPulse to issue an “Invitation to Nominate” to eligible persons via email and for the conduct of elections. BigPulse has been used previously to support elections at UNE and they provide a secure and fully automated service.

Persons eligible to nominate in one of the above elections, should receive an email from BigPulse from Wednesday 27 May 2020.

If you do not receive an email and you believe you are eligible to nominate – please check your “Junk” emails in case your security settings have not recognised the BigPulse email. Your email should be from the “UNE Council Elections” and @bigpulse.com, with a subject including the words “UNE Council Elections 2020”. If you still have not received an email and you have checked the eligibility requirements on the Council Election web pages, please contact Ms Jenny Croaker, Deputy Returning Officer, at councilelections@une.edu.au.

Nominations for election close 5:00 pm AEST, Wednesday 17 June 2020.

Voting: Should there be more than one eligible nomination for each of these positions, an election will be required and voting is expected to commence on or around the 24 June 2020. In the event of an election, candidate information and campaign material will also be available via these web pages.

Please direct any enquiries regarding the 2020 UNE Council Elections to the Deputy Returning Officer by emailing: councilelections@une.edu.au.

Mr Brendan Peet

Returning Officer

Information for Nominees

Nominees should read the general election information web page and refer below to relevant information and links as background information for nominees for the 2020 Council elections.

  • Nominees for election must meet the eligibility requirements as detailed in Part 3, Clause 10 the UNE By-Law 2005 regarding electoral Rolls, including:
    • for the Roll of Academic Staff, persons are academic staff members of UNE, employed half-time or greater than half-time, with at least 12 months service at the University as at the date of the Roll (22 May 2020);
    • for the Roll of Professional Staff members, persons are members of the non-academic or professional staff of the University, employed half-time or greater than half time, have had at least 12 months service at the University, and are not eligible to nominate as an academic staff representative as at the date of the Roll (22 May 2020); and
    • for the Roll of Student Representative, persons are UNE students, enrolled as a candidate proceeding to either a bachelor’s degree (including bachelor’s honours), or diploma or certificate of the University, or a postgraduate award or graduate diploma or graduate certificate, and are not eligible to nominate as an academic or non-academic (professional) staff representative as at the date of the Roll (22 May 2020) i.e. students must be enrolled in the current teaching/research period on 22 May 2020.
  • Nominees for election agree to abide by UNE's Code of Conduct for Council Elections.
  • Members of UNE Council agree to:
  • Members of UNE Council are to be fit and proper persons as required for members of governing bodies by the higher education sector regulator, the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA). If you are elected your will be asked to complete a TEQSA fit and proper person requirements declaration form.

Please direct any enquiries regarding the 2020 UNE Council Elections to the Deputy Returning Officer by emailing: councilelections@une.edu.au.