Become a student member on the University Council and help shape the future of La Trobe

Love La Trobe and want to help make the student experience better for others?

From January 1, there will be a vacancy for an elected student member on the La Trobe University Council – and the Uni is calling for nominations from all interested and eligible students!

What is the University Council?

The Council is the governing body of La Trobe and looks after the general direction and monitoring of the University. Its responsibilities include:

  • Appointing and monitoring the performance of the Vice-Chancellor
  • Approving the Uni’s mission and strategic direction, annual budget and business plan
  • Monitoring risk
  • Overseeing academic activity
  • Approving significant University commercial activities

Council members include Chancellor, the Hon. John Brumby AO, Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar, government appointees, La Trobe staff and a student member.

So, what does it take to be the student member?

Firstly, don’t worry if you haven’t been involved in student politics before. It’s not a prerequisite.

Ask yourself: Have you been on a student advisory group? Perhaps you’re a Peer Learning Advisor with a finger on the pulse of the student population? Maybe you’re an engaged student at a regional campus who wants to make sure the voices of your peers are heard? These are all relevant perspectives to bring to Council.

What’s the role of the student member?

Elected members don’t represent the constituencies from which they are drawn (all members are required by law to act in the interests of the University, rather than as delegates for a particular section of the La Trobe community).

But your role would be to bring a student perspective to the University Council.

If successful, you will fill the position from 1 January, 2021 until 31 December, 2021.

How do I nominate?

To nominate for the position, you need to complete the online nomination form by 12.00pm on Monday 26 October, 2020.

Full details of student eligibility to nominate for the position, the nomination process and University Council member roles and responsibilities can be found here:

If more than one nomination is received, then an election will be necessary. It will be held online via a third-party vendor. In that event, students will be advised as to the next steps.