Nominations are invited from Academic staff and Professional staff members for election to the University Council. Nominations open on Friday 23 November 2012 and close on Monday 3 December at 5pm. Terms of office are for 2 years from 1 January 2013 until 31 December 2014.
It should be noted that staff members elected to Council are responsible to the Council itself and are obliged to act in the interests of the University as a whole. They are not 'representatives' of the groups that elect them, but are on Council to add to the perspectives around the Council table.
The University Council is the governing body of the University of Tasmania. A Bill amending the size and composition of the Council has recently been passed by both Houses of Parliament. Once the Bill has received Royal Assent, from 1 January 2013 the Council will include 1 member elected by and from the academic staff of the University and 1 member elected by and from the professional staff of the University. The University invites interested people to nominate for election. A list of current members can be found here.
The Council is chaired by the Chancellor, who is appointed by the members. These positions are honorary.
Council makes decisions in relation to policy and planning, makes University legislation and approves policy documents. It is advised by its committees, its working parties, and (in relation to academic matters) the Academic Senate.
The role of the Council is to accept ultimate responsibility for-
Further information of the role of Council can be found in the document Roles, Rights and Responsibilities of Council Members
Council meet 10 times a year and have a planning conference in March. Meetings are held at the Sandy Bay, Newham and Cradle Coast campuses-
There will generally be a dinner with local community leaders and/or other Council function on the afternoon/evening before each Council meeting. There is also an annual dinner with the State Cabinet.
Simply fill out the Nomination form and send to the Returning Officer, Secretary to University Council, Private Bag 42, Hobart TASMANIA 7001. Fax: 6226 2923. The closing date for nominations is Monday 3 December 2012 at 5pm.
If you are considering nominating, you should obtain further information on the role of the Council, its committee structure and its membership from the University Council website. Alternatively you may request a copy of this information by contacting Heather Patterson on 6226 2508 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to contact the Chancellor, Mr Damian Bugg AM QC, on 6226 1852 if you would like to discuss nominating for membership of the Council.
Authorised by the Director, Governance & Legal
26 November, 2012