Governance

Call for nominations to Academic Board

Further information

  • Academic Board
  • Elections and nominations

Further to Senate's approval of Academic Board Regulations which came into effect on 9 December 2019 subject to transitional arrangements, nominations are now invited for the election of Level E Academic staff, Heads of School, Levels A-D Academic staff and Professional staff to the Academic Board membership for 2020.

  1. Nominations - General Information
  2. Level E Professor Academic staff
  3. Heads of School
  4. Level A-D Academic staff
  5. Professional staff
  6. Nomination forms

Nominations - General Information

Elections will be carried out by postal ballot in these four categories, where relevant.

Given that there is considerable gender imbalance on the Board, nominations from women are encouraged.

Completed nomination forms must be submitted by email in order to be received by the Academic Secretary no later than 12pm midday Wednesday 29 January 2020.

Prospective nominees should note that the Academic Board has four scheduled meetings per year, at 2.00pm on the third Wednesday of March, June, September and November. The meeting dates in 2020 will therefore be: 18  March, 17 June, 16 September and 18 November. It is expected that elected members will attend Academic Board meetings across the duration of their membership.

If you have any queries regarding the above or would like further information on the role of the Academic Board, contact the Academic Secretary.

The closing date for nominations is midday Wednesday 29 January 2020.

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Level E Professor Academic staff

Pursuant to the recommendations of the Report of the UWA Academic Board Subsidiary Legislation Working Group which were approved by Senate (R63/19), the Academic Board Regulations include provision for 39 members elected from, subject to an approved formula, those staff who hold a Level E (Professor) fixed term or ongoing academic appointment on a full-time or forty per cent or greater fractional basis.

In determining the number of academic staff members that may be elected from each Faculty and from the School of Indigenous Studies/non-Faculty areas, the following formula is applied:

(a) Fifty per cent  of positions are allocated according to relative numbers of staff in each of the areas concerned using a 2:1 ratio of Academic to General/Professional Staff; and

(b) Fifty per cent  of positions are allocated according to relative student load in each of the areas concerned. 

Based on 2019 data, the allocation of places according to the formula produces the distribution shown below. At present, there are vacancies in the following categories:

Level E Professor Academic Staff GroupNo. of positions allocatedNo. of positions vacant in 2020
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education

12

  10

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

  6

   6

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

  8

   8

Faculty of Science

  8

   7

School of Indigenous Studies/non-Faculty Academic Staff

     5   

   5

Total

39

  36

Elected members hold office for three years.  At present, there are 36 vacancies in this category.

Proposers and seconders must be members of academic staff, with a classification level of Professor (Level E) who hold a fixed term or ongoing academic appointment on a full-time or 40% or greater fractional basis. 


Electorate:  All Academic Staff members. 

Completed nomination forms must be submitted by email in order to be received by the Academic Secretary no later than midday Wednesday 29 January 2020.

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Heads of School

Pursuant to the recommendations of the Report of the UWA Academic Board Subsidiary Legislation Working Group which were approved by Senate (R63/19), the Academic Board Regulations include provision for 12 members elected by and from those staff who hold a fixed term or ongoing appointment as a Head of School on a full-time or forty per cent or greater fractional basis. 

Elected members hold office for three years or until the end of their Headship, if this comes sooner.  At present, there are 12 vacancies in this category.

Proposers and seconders must be staff, who hold a fixed term or ongoing appointment as a Head of School on a full-time or 40% or greater fractional basis.

Electorate:  Heads of School 

Completed nomination forms must be submitted by email in order to be received by the Academic Secretary no later than midday Wednesday 29 January 2020.

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Level A-D Academic staff

Pursuant to the recommendations of the Report of the UWA Academic Board Subsidiary Legislation Working Group which were approved by Senate (R63/19), the Academic Board Regulation include provision for 21 members elected, subject to an approved formula, from those staff, below the level of Level E professor, who hold a fixed term or ongoing academic appointment on a full-time or forty percent or greater fractional basis. 

In determining the number of academic staff members that may be elected from each faculty and from the School of Indigenous Studies/non-faculty areas, the following formula is applied:

(a) Fifty per cent  of positions are allocated according to relative numbers of staff in each of the areas concerned using a 2:1 ratio of Academic to General/Professional Staff; and

(b) Fifty per cent  of positions are allocated according to relative student load in each of the areas concerned. 

Based on 2019 data, the allocation of places according to the formula produces the distribution shown below. Members will be asked to serve for three-year terms. At present, there are vacancies in the following categories:

Level A-D Academic staff GroupNo. of positions allocatedNo. of positions vacant in 2020
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education

  6

  0

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

  3

  2

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

  4

  3

Faculty of Science

  5

  0

School of Indigenous Studies/non-Faculty Academic Staff

  3

  3

Total

21

  8

Proposers and seconders must be staff, below the level of Professor (Level E), who hold a fixed term or ongoing academic appointment on a full-time or 40% or greater fractional basis.

Electorate: All Academic staff members 

Completed nomination forms must be submitted by email in order to be received by the Academic Secretary no later than midday Wednesday 29 January 2020.

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Professional staff

Pursuant to the recommendations of the Report of the UWA Academic Board Subsidiary Legislation Working Group which were approved by Senate (R63/19), the Academic Board Regulations provide for 8 members elected from those staff who hold a fixed-term or ongoing professional staff appointment employed under the UWA Professional and General Employees Agreement 2017, on a full-time or forty percent or greater fractional basis.

At present, there are 3 vacancies in this category. 

Proposers and seconders must be staff who hold a fixed term or ongoing general staff appointment pursuant to the  UWA Professional and General Employees Agreement 2017, on a full-time or 40% or greater fractional basis.

Electorate: All Professional staff members employed under the UWA Professional and General Employees Agreement 2017. 

Completed nomination forms must be submitted by email in order to be received by the Academic Secretary no later than midday Wednesday 29 January 2020.

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Academic Board Election Process

The Academic Board is a committee of the Senate and therefore, its election process has been aligned with that of the Senate. That is, it involves:

  1. A call for nomination to be submitted to the Academic Secretary by midday Wednesday 29 January 2020.
  2. Preparation and issue of ballot papers to the relevant electorate via mail.
  3. Ballots closing at noon on 12pm midday Friday 21 February 2020 (voters must ensure that their ballot is received by the Academic Secretary by this published cut-off date and time).

The Senate election process has been tried and tested; aligning the Academic Board election process to that of the Senate optimises the preservation of integrity in the election process.

For any queries please contact the Academic Secretary by email (academic-secretary@uwa.edu.au) or phone ext. 3213. 

Nomination forms

 

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