University Council and Academic Board nominations

Become a student member on the University Council or be involved in the decision-making process on Academic Board and help shape the future of La Trobe

We are calling for nominations to both Council and Academic Board, 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 our Chancellor, the Hon. John Brumby AO, Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar, government appointees, and an elected La Trobe staff member and an elected student member.

What is Academic Board?

Academic Board is the primary body for academic governance and decision-making at the University.  The Board is established under legislation and provides advice to the Vice-Chancellor and University Council on issues that affect academic excellence. It provides a forum for information and debate within the University and is responsible for policy on matters such as admissions, assessment, teaching, student conduct, research and academic promotion. Academic Board reports directly to Council.

Membership of the Board includes senior academic leaders of the University, elected staff members and student representatives. The president of the student union, association or representative body of each campus (or their nominee) is a member of the board, as well as 5 elected student members who are elected annually.

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

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

Ask yourself: Have you been a member of a student advisory group? Perhaps you’re a Peer Learning Advisor with first hand knowledge of students’ experiences? 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 and Academic Board.

What is the role of a student member?

On the University Council 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).

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

As a member of Academic Board, you will join in on the discussion and debates for policy on matters such as admissions, assessment, teaching, student conduct, research and academic appointments and promotion.

The Term of Office for both Council and Academic Board is twelve months and will commence from 1 January 2022.  Successful candidates will be inducted, provided with information and mentorship support ahead of their first meeting.

How do I nominate?

If you are interested in nominating for Council, you need to read the information on the Council website and complete the online nomination from by 12.00pm on Monday 4 October 2021.

If you are interested in nominating for one of the positions on Academic Board read the information on the Board website and complete the online nomination from by 5.00pm Tuesday 5 October 2021.

If more than one nomination is received for any of the positions 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.

Further Information.

Full details of student eligibility to nominate, the nomination process and other relevant information to help guide your decision can be found here:

Council Elections:

Academic Board Elections: