University Council student representative

The student representative ensures the student voice is heard at the University’s highest level of governance.

Announcing your 2021 Student Representative

Junyi (Johnnie) Wang has been elected to represent to represent University of Auckland students for 2021. 

His appointment is to be ratified by Council in late October 2020. 

Find out more about Johnnie here.

University Council Student Representative

The University recognises the need to hear student opinions at every level in its decision making. The student representative on the Council has a crucial role to play in ensuring the student voice is heard at the University’s highest level of governance. This role provides an opportunity to influence key University decisions and have real input in the University's direction and future.

The student representative is expected to attend all Council meetings (six per year) and will be invited to other University events, which they are encouraged to attend. They are expected to read all of the council papers sent to them, keep up to date with changes and developments within the sector, while also staying aware of current issues within the student body. The student representative will also be a member of the Finance Committee, Honours Committee and Student Appeals Committee.

The role of student representative on Council will provide the individual with an opportunity to develop a range of skills, including strategic thinking, consensus decision making and intellectual prowess. They will build networks both internal and external to the University and further their understanding of the University, its responsibilities and challenges.

University Council and its functions

Council is the highest governing body within the University, and is made up of a mix of current staff, students, alumni and external appointees. The Council is chaired by the Chancellor of the University. The Education Act 1989 specifies the Council’s functions duties and power, which include:

  • Appointing a Chief Executive (Vice Chancellor)
  • Ensure proper standards of integrity, conduct and concern for the public interest and the well-being of students
  • Acknowledge the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi

For more information on Council, its functions and current members click here.