University Council student representative

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

Nomination period for 2020

The University of Auckland is seeking to appoint a student representative to its Council for a one year term (1 January 2020 – 31 December 2020).

Event: Council election Date
Nomination process opens Friday 23 August
Nomination process closes Monday 9 September
Election voting opens Monday 30 September
Election voting closes Friday 4 October
Representative announced Monday 7 October

Nomination information

All students who will be enrolled at the University for the duration of their term in office, are eligible to nominate themselves as a candidate for the Student Representative elections.

Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit a notice of candidacy, in which they will include a statement to demonstrate why they should be elected to the position of Student Representative and how they would contribute to the University in the areas of teaching and research, community understanding, management skills and reflecting the diversity of the community served.

Candidates must not have been employed:

(i)  for a continuous period of more than six months on a full-time basis by the University;

(ii) under terms and conditions of fulltime employment set by the University at any time during the two years preceding the date of the election.

Note: Campaigning will begin week commencing Monday 23 September.

University Council Student Representative

The University recognises the need to hear student opinions at every level in its decision making. The student representative on 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 a real input into the direction in which the University is moving.

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 and experience, including strategic thinking, consensus decision making and intellectual ability. 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. 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)
  • Preparing and Negotiating the University Charter
  • 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.

Election information

All currently enrolled students at the University of Auckland are eligible to vote in the Student Representative for Council Elections. Details of all eligible candidates will be available on this page from Monday 30 September, along with a link to the online voting platform.

Voting will close on Friday 4 October, with results announced during the week commencing Monday 7 October. 

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AUSA elections

The AUSA elections take place at a similar time to the University Council elections. 

AUSA seeks to represent and advocate for students across a wide range of issues, and also delivers a number of events on campus and provides a range of support services for students.  It is looking to elect its Student Executive for 2020, with positions such as, President, Engagement Vice-President and Welfare Vice-President to be decided.

Find out more on the AUSA website

Event: AUSA election Date
Nomination process opens Tuesday 27 August
Nomination process closes Monday 9 September
Election voting opens Monday 23 September
Election voting closes  Friday 27 September 
Representative(s) declared week of 30 September