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Student elections are a chance to get involved, contribute and be a voice for Western Sydney University students!
Participation in student representation allows you to play a key role in campus life and activities and build a range of skills well regarded by employers, while providing representation and advocacy relating to campus and University-wide issues.
Becoming a student representative may allow you to:
- Contribute to decision making at The University
- Represent student needs to The University
- Help create a more vibrant campus life
- Undertake professional development
- Network with professionals at The University
- Discuss strategic issues with management
Ballots for the 2017 student elections closed on Friday 20 October. The Declarations of Results for the positions are now available:
- Bankstown Student Campus Council – Declaration of results
- Campbelltown Student Campus Council – Declaration of results
- Hawkesbury Student Campus Council– Declaration of results
- Parramatta Student Campus Council– Declaration of results
- Penrith Student Campus Council – Declaration of results
- Student Editors – Declaration of results
- National Union of Students Delegates – Declaration of results
- Board of Trustees – Declaration of results
Important dates during the student elections
4 September – Nominations open
22 September – Nominations close
22 September – Eligibility for nomination (See point 2 below).
4 October – Notice of ballot
9 October – Ballots open
20 October – Ballots close
25 October– Results published online
What happens during an election?
1. The Returning Officer(s) who oversee the election processes will send an email to all students and post the Notice of Election information online
2. Students interested in nominating for a position can then submit their details and candidate statement through the relevant online or hard copy nomination form. They may also submit a photograph. Nominations must be received by the closing date advised in the Notice of Election, and all students who nominate themselves or are nominated by another party, must meet the eligibility criteria on the day nominations close, Friday 22 September. To be eligible for any of the available positions, you must be a student and have an 'enrolled' status
3. If more nominations are received than there are positions available, then a ballot will need to take place. If the number of nominations received, are equal to or less than the number of positions available, then the nominee/s will be declared as elected to the position
4. Candidate statements will be available online for students to review if there is a ballot
5. Eligible students will receive an email notification with a personalised secure voting link allowing them to vote for candidates in the ballots
6. The results of the ballots will be published online
What positions are up for election?
Undergraduate Student Member on the Board of Trustees
The undergraduate student member of the Board of Trustees is an elected position. The Board of Trustees is the governing authority of the University and has the functions conferred on it under the Western Sydney University Act. The Board oversees all major decisions affecting the University, including the approval and implementation of strategic plans and policies and processes that promote good governance and align with the University's mission and values. It also awards all University degrees and diplomas. For more information about nominating as the undergraduate student member of the Board, go to www.westernsydney.edu.au/elections
Student Campus Council (SCC) positions
The SCC is comprised of 11 elected voting members and appointed non-voting members. The SCC provides an important voice for students, raising campus issues such as campus facilities, parking, transport, disability access, safety and academic issues. The SCC meets monthly to hold formal meetings, in addition to the various events, activities and campaigns they run throughout the year.
The SCC is provided with staff support and a budget to run campus events and activities, and is dedicated to creating a vibrant and engaging campus life. Additionally, some SCC representatives from each campus are elected onto the Student Representative Council, which is the peak student representative body at the University. Further details on SCC activities and responsibilities are available on the SCC Terms of Reference document. Positions with the SCC are advertised in the Student Representation and Participation Notice of Election and nominees are elected by ballot. For more information about these positions please contact Vic Miglionico on V.Miglionico@westernsydney.edu.au.
Student Editor positions
There are six student editors elected each year to produce the student newspaper, W'SUP. These positions are open to currently enrolled Western Sydney University students from any campus. Editors are expected to work together to write and edit copy, commission work, place stories and promote the W'SUP.
National Union of Students (NUS) Delegate positions
The National Union of Students (NUS) is the peak student representative body in Australia. NUS Delegates will have the opportunity to represent their University at NUS National Conference (held at the end of the year), where they will have full voting rights on the direction of the Union over the following year. More information about NUS and NUS Delegates can be found at the NUS website.