Victoria University is regulated by the Victoria University Act 2010 which confers powers upon its peak governing bodies to administer the business, performance and strategy of the University.

The University is governed by:

  • Council: the formally constituted governing body that oversees and is accountable for all of the University's operations.
  • Vice-Chancellor: the Principal Academic Officer and CEO, and manages the day-to-day business of the University.
  • Academic Board: the body established to assure the quality of the University's teaching, learning and research.

University Governance sits in the Office of the Vice Chancellor.

Governance & Secretariat Unit

The Governance and Secretariat Unit is responsible for managing many of the governance functions of the University, principally through advice and support of the University's governance bodies.

We are responsible for:

  • supporting the peak University Governance bodies (University Council and Academic Board) and their committee and membership requirements
  • facilitating the Student Appeals Process
  • facilitating the administration of the VC's Awards
  • managing elections for the Council and Academic Board
  • providing advice on governance issues.

Elections

Call for nominations

Nominations open at 9am AEST on Monday 29 August 2022 and will close on Friday 9 September 2022 for staff vacancies on the Academic Board.

Academic board

The Academic Board is the principal academic advisory body in the University, reporting to and advising the Council. Staff experience and input is highly valued on the Academic Board.

This is an opportunity to be involved in University decision-making (noting that members must act in the interest of the whole University rather than that of their constituencies).

The Academic Board traditionally meets on the first Wednesday in the Month (9am–12pm) with the exception of January and July.

Vacancies

The vacancies to be filled at this election are:

  • one member elected by and from teaching and research staff from the College of Arts & Education
  • one member elected by and from teaching and research staff from the VU Business School
  • one member elected by and from teaching and research staff from the College of Engineering & Science
  • one member elected by and from teaching and research staff from the College of Health & Biomedicine
  • one member elected by and from teaching and research staff from the College of Law & Justice
  • one member elected by and from teaching and research staff from the College of Sport & Exercise Science
  • two members* elected by and from teaching and research staff from the Victoria University College (VUC)
  • one member elected by and from teaching and research staff from the VU Polytechnic
  • one member elected by and from teaching and research staff from the First Year College (FYC)
  • one member elected by and from teaching and research staff from VU Research
  • one member elected by and from teaching and research staff who work in organisational units other than a College
  • four members elected by and from professional staff.

The terms of office will commence 1 November 2022 and conclude 31 October 2024.

*The second person elected from the VU College category will commence once duly elected and will expire 31 October 2023.

Eligibility

Staff eligible to nominate for the staff positions on the Academic Board must:

  • be a member of staff of the University who is currently employed at a minimum of 0.5 fraction of full-time employment and is based at a Victorian campus of the University and meet one of the below criteria:
    • be Teaching and Research Staff working in the selected College; or
    • be Teaching and Research Staff working in organisational units other than a College; or
    • be Professional Staff.

Nomination process & forms

Download the nomination forms:

Staff candidates must complete all sections of the nomination form and are invited to submit a policy statement of up to 200 words in support of their nomination.

Important dates

  • Nominations open: Monday 29 August 2022, at 9am AEST
  • Closing date: Friday 9 September 2022, at 4pm AEST
    All valid nominations must be received by the Governance and Secretariat Unit by this time by forwarding to [email protected].
  • Election opens: A ballot will be required if nominations received exceed the number of vacant position/s for each category as outlined above. It will be conducted from 9am AEST, Monday 3 October 2022
  • Election closes: 4pm AEST, Friday 14 October 2022.

Further information

If you wish to find out more about the Academic Board, you are encouraged to:

Additional information can be found online:

Call for nominations

Nominations are open from 9am AEST, Monday 29 August 2022 to 4pm AEST, Friday 9 September 2022 for the below listed upcoming student vacancies on the:

Academic Board

The Academic Board is the principal academic advisory body in the University, reporting to and advising the Council.

This is an opportunity to be more involved in university life and bring student perspective and experience to University decision-making, noting members must act in the interest of the whole University rather than that of their constituencies.

The Academic Board traditionally meets on the first Wednesday in the Month (9am–12pm) with the exception of January and July.

Learning & Teaching Quality Committee

The Learning and Teaching Quality Committee is responsible for:

  • monitoring, reporting and advising the Academic Board on learning, teaching, education and training activities and initiatives overseeingthe planning, strategy, implementation and review of the University’s learning and teaching framework
  • activities related to learning, training and teaching, including student participation, retention and completion.

The Learning and Teaching Quality Committee traditionally meets on the second Wednesday in the Month (10am–12pm) with the exception of January, July and December.

Vacancies

Academic Board

  • one student elected by and from students enrolled in a higher degree by coursework course of study
  • one student elected by and from students enrolled in a Vocational and/or Further Education course of study.

The term of office will commence 1 November 2022 and will conclude 31 October 2024.

Learning & Teaching Quality Committee

  • one student elected by and from students enrolled in a Vocational and/or Further Education course of study
  • one student elected by and from students enrolled in a higher degree undergraduate course of study
  • one student elected by and from students enrolled in a postgraduate coursework course of study.

The term of office will commence 1 November 2022 and will conclude 31 October 2024

Eligibility

Students eligible to nominate for these positions on the Academic Board and Learning & Teaching Quality Committee must be:

  • a resident in Australia and enrolled in a minimum of 0.5 fraction of the full-time study load
  • meet one of the category requirements within (5)(2e) of the Academic Board Regulations 2021.

Nomination process & forms

Download the nomination forms:

Academic Board

Learning & Teaching Quality Committee

HE-Postgraduate-Coursework-Student-LTQC-Nomination-Form.pdf

Important dates

  • Nominations open: Monday 29 August 2022 at 9am AEST
  • Nominations close: Friday 9 September 2022 at 4pm AEST
    All valid nominations must be received by Governance and Secretariat Unit by this time by forwarding to [email protected]
  • Election opens: A ballot will be required if more than one nomination is received for a category. It will be conducted from 9am AEST, Monday 3 October 2022
  • Election closes: 4pm AEST, Friday 14 October 2022

Eligibility for VU Extra Transcript

Upon graduation, elected student members may be eligible to receive a VU Extra Transcript after completion of a term on Academic Board or the Learning and Teaching Quality Committee.

This is formal recognition of a student’s commitment, involvement and contribution to a VU governance committee.

To be eligible for a VU Extra Transcript, students must fulfil the following criteria:

  • high level of involvement (minimum of 20 hours)
  • demonstrated the development of skills associated with VU’s graduate capabilities, such as effective communication, responsible and ethical citizenship, intercultural-understanding and life-long learning
  • demonstrated the development of skills required to fulfil employment or other entrepreneurial endeavours
  • attendance/participation will be reviewed by the Chair.

Further information

If you wish to find out more about the Academic Board and the Learning & Teaching Quality Committee, you are encouraged to:

Additional information can be found online: