Academic Unit Boards

In March 2020 University Council approved the establishment of an Academic Unit Board in each of the seven Academic Units.

Functions of the Academic Unit Board 
Terms of reference 
Membership 
Nominations 
Nomination Process  
Nomination Form 
Ballot 
Summary of Key Dates
Further information

Functions of the Academic Unit Board

The Academic Unit Boards are sub-committees of Academic Board with responsibility for assisting the Executive Dean and Academic Unit Executive to develop, implement and review strategic initiatives in teaching, learning, research and research training of the Academic Units that align with and contribute to the achievement of the University’s strategic plan.

The Academic Unit Boards have been delegated responsibilities by Academic Board as regards specific University policies and procedures.

Terms of reference

Further information is provided in the Academic Unit Board Terms of Reference.

Membership

Each Academic Unit Board will comprise the following members:

  • Executive Dean (Chair)
  • Dean(s) of Programs
  • Dean of Research
  • Representatives of the Professorial Leads and Program Directors (appointed by the Executive Dean)
  • General Manager
  • Up to 10 academic staff
  • Two professional staff
  • Two coursework student representatives
  • Two HDR student representatives.

Nominations

Nominations for the following positions on each Academic Unit Board will open on Tuesday 14 April 2020:

  • Up to 10 academic staff elected from among the continuing and fixed term contract academic staff for each Academic Unit (for a term of two years)
  • Two professional staff elected from among the continuing and fixed term contract professional staff for each Academic Unit (for a term of two years)
  • Two student representatives elected from the Academic Units’ coursework programs (for a term of two years)
  • Two HDR students elected from the Academic Units’ HDR programs (for a term of two years).

Nomination process

Eligible staff are encouraged to nominate for a position on the Academic Unit Board in which they work.

Eligible students are encouraged to nominate for the Academic Unit Board which delivers the Program in which they are enrolled. Students enrolled in a double degree based across more than one Academic Unit are eligible to only apply for the Academic Unit Board that is the home Academic Unit of the program. Students who are unsure to which Academic Unit they belong, should contact Campus Central.

Eligible HDR students are encouraged to nominate for the Academic Unit Board in the Academic Unit in which they are enrolled.

Nominations can be made by completing the online nomination form. The form will be available from 14 April 2020.

Platform Statement

You may include a brief platform statement in your nomination form which will be shared if there is a need to call an election for the position. 

In the event that there is a need to call an election for any position on an Academic Unit Board (due to the number of nominees exceeding the number of available positions), the Big Pulse online voting tool will be used. The name and platform statement provided by nominees will be published to those persons eligible to vote in each election category for each Academic Unit.

Only eligible staff and students from an Academic Unit will be able to vote in the election for others in their cohort (e.g. academic staff may only vote for academic staff nominees, etc.). Those who are eligible to vote for the nominees in a particular cohort, will receive a direct email link.

Online Nomination forms must be submitted by Tuesday 5 May 2020


Confirmation of Support

A person seeking to be nominated for a position must seek written confirmation of support for their nomination from:

  1. A nominator, and
  2. A seconder.

The nominator and seconder must be from the same Academic Unit as you, and from the same cohort, e.g. an academic staff member, a professional staff member, a student, or an HDR student.

If you are a student, both your nominator and seconder must be enrolled in a program in the same Academic Unit as you.

Your nominator and seconder may be contacted by a University Deputy Returning Officer to confirm their support for your nomination. In completing the nomination form, you should include for both the nominator and the seconder:

  • their name
  • their UniSA email address

You will need to contact your nominator and seconder to seek their support for your nomination.

Evidence of support should be sought by you emailing the proposed nominator and the proposed seconder (separately) and ask them to confirm their support in a reply to your email. The reply email must also be from their UniSA email account.

After you have submitted your online nomination form, you will need to send an email from your UniSA email address to elections@unisa.edu.au, attaching the two emails from your nominator and seconder confirming their support.

This must be done by Friday 8 May 2020.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the confirmation emails from your nominator and seconder are received in the election inbox by this date.

Nominations without the confirmation as described above will not proceed.

Nomination Form

Complete the following nomination form to nominate yourself for a position on your Academic Unit Board.

Please read the information above before completing the form.

Nominations have now closed.

Important Note: 
This form is not saved when you exit the page. If you start the form and exit without clicking 'submit', you will need to start a new form when you are ready to complete all details and click 'submit'.
Once your form has been submitted, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your submission. 
If you do not receive this email, please email elections@unisa.edu.au.

Ballot

In the event that a ballot is necessary ballot information will be circulated.

In this case, voting will close on  Friday 5 June 2020.

Summary of Key Dates

Nomination form available on website Tuesday 14 April 2020
Closing date for nomination forms to be submitted Tuesday 5 May 2020

Closing date for nominee to email confirmation of support from nominator and seconder

Friday 8 May 2020
Elections Open Monday 25 May 2020

Elections Close

Friday 5 June 2020

Results announced

Monday 8 June 2020

Further information

You will receive a confirmation email when your online nomination form has been received.

Should you have any queries about the nomination process, please email elections@unisa.edu.au

If you have any queries about Academic Units, visit: https://www.unisa.edu.au/about-unisa/academic-units/