University Council student representative

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

2024 and 2025 elected student representative

Photo of winning candidate Hala Barakat
Hala Barakat

Hala Barakat has been elected to the Student Representative on University Council for 2024 and 2025. Read Hala's candidate statement to learn more about them.

Election results

Ten students put themselves forward as candidate's for this election. The table below shows the percentage breakdown of valid votes.

Student candidate Number of votes % Total votes
Hala Barakat 416 43.2%
FaAfuhia Fia 
205 21.3%
Qun Ma 123 12.8%
Jacqueline Austin 81 8.4%
Charlie Matthews 38 3.9%
Phoebe Horton Andrews 32 3.3%
Ali Shuaib 20 2.1%
Sara Hall 17 1.8%
Harim Kim 16 1.7%
Odonzaya Ayurzana 15 1.6%
TOTAL 963 100%

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 and Training Act 2020 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.