UON Elections – What does it mean?
Do you ever get a bit confused trying to follow an election? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Unless you’re an avid political fan, you might be overloaded by what’s happening in the ‘election’ space at UON. There are currently three elections running at UON. Not one or two, but three. You might be curious as to why you should consider running for either the University Council, Academic Senate or even the Faculty Board. You might also want to know how you vote on these elections and what the outcomes mean for you as a student.
So we’ve put together a quick ‘cheat sheet’ on UON elections.
The University Council is responsible for the governance of UON. This means advancing UON’s performance by providing overall strategic guidance as well as overseeing senior management in following strategic direction. To be eligible, you must not be employed full time by UON. You must also be enrolled as a UON student during the nomination and the term of involvement between 1st January – 31st December 2018. Also, there is only one elected position being offered to either a postgrad or undergrad student.
You might be thinking this sounds like a great position, but what responsibilities does the role entail? Well, the Council meets six times a year for a full day. Also, you might be involved in a council committee, in which you’ll have to meet up five times a year for a max of four hours. Finally, there are three days of workshops you’ll have to attend in some form. These meetings are usually held at Callaghan Campus, however you may be required to travel to other campuses. By the wonders of modern technology you don’t always have to physically attend. You can attend via video or teleconference. Also, if you attend at least 70% of the meetings, you’d be eligible to have the role added to your Australian Higher Education Graduate Statement (AHEGS), as part of your academic transcript.
Have you ever wondered where the research and learning component of UON stems from? Well we have the answer for you – the Academic Senate. The Academic Senate is mostly focused on protecting, promoting and enhancing teaching, learning and research. As such, there are two undergraduate positions available, one for postgrad coursework, and one for postgrad research students.
Let’s be real, you probably didn’t know this exists until just now. There are five faculties on the board: the Faculty of Education and Arts, Faculty of Health and Medicine, Faculty of Business and Law, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment. As a part of the Board you have the opportunity to oversee course content, new courses, procedure and faculty management. There are up to 15 nominations for grabs (one for undergrad, postgrad coursework and postgrad research in each faculty.)
At this point you’re probably wondering why you should nominate for a student position in the current elections. According to Renae Morgan, a Deputy Returning Officer for UON, there are a myriad of benefits from nominating yourself. These include developing your professional skills and broadening your worldview whilst understanding the nitty gritty of large organisations.
In order to nominate for the positions you desire, you have to fill in the relevant nominations form located here as well as a writing short statement less than 150 words detailing why you want that role and what you could bring to the role. Finally, you have to send it all off by the 18th of August by either emailing here or being delivered to Student Central.
You’ve geared yourself up for nomination and (perhaps) to your surprise, you’ve found yourself elected in a role of your choosing.
On top of the aforementioned nitty gritty, you’ll be invited to an induction as well as networking with professionals and industry leaders. Also, according to Renae, you’ll learn invaluable skills, especially suited for employment. These include: team work, negotiation, leadership, financial management, understanding the importance of good governance, and your role and responsibilities as a member of the relevant board or council.
On a final note, don’t forget to nominate and get those leadership skills going!