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Student members on USC committees - Applications closing soon

28 Sep 2021

Applications close Friday 1 October at 4.30pm! USC is seeking students to join our committees as student members. Roles commence in late 2021 to early 2022 for one to two years depending on the committee.

What are the benefits of being a student member?

Being a member of University committees is a way you can participate in and influence the decision-making of USC, gain insights about university operations, acquire new skills and accrue USC Student Leadership Award points.

Benefits also include:

  • gain governance experience
  • be involved in governance decisions of the University
  • opportunity to interact with academic and professional staff and students
  • enhance employability
  • build networking connections

“It has been such a privilege to be part of the USC committees as the undergraduate representative on the LTC. It has given me great insight into the way that the University works, whilst giving me an opportunity to advocate for students...I highly recommend taking the opportunity to be involved.”

Kristy Benson
Student representative
Learning and Teaching Committee

What positions are available?

Below you will find information on each of the committees and their eligibility requirements. You are encouraged to read through the information about the committees before submitting a nomination/expression of interest.

How do I apply?

You are welcome to apply for a position on more than one committee. Links to nomination/expression of interest forms are available below.

Applications close on Friday 1 October 2021 at 4.30pm (AEST).

The University Council has a nomination system that requires applicants to submit a 150-word maximum nomination statement and a digital photograph. The nomination must be supported by two persons who are eligible to vote at the election, in respect of which the nomination is made. If at the close of nominations there are not more than two eligible candidates, those candidates will be declared elected, unopposed. If at the close of nominations there are more than two candidates, an election by ballot will be arranged. To apply: Nomination form available here.

Academic committees have an expression of interest system that requires applicants to rank up to four preferred committees and provide a 150-word maximum statement detailing the value that the applicant would bring to the role. Applicants are checked for their eligibility for the committees they have applied to before being chosen by USC staff member(s) based on merit. To apply: Expression of Interest form available here.

Please note that the University Council and Committee positions are undertaken in a voluntary capacity and appointed student members will not be remunerated.

University Council

Council is the University’s governing body and derives its powers from the University of the Sunshine Coast Act 1998 (Qld).

Please see the University Council webpage for details of Council’s primary responsibilities.

“If you have a humble desire to help support the student experience and the willingness to consistently put in the work needed every week to achieve this, then you will find immense fulfilment in this role. To me this role is a conduit to bridge USC’s vision with the student experience and bring a student perspective to Council with authenticity, respect, and integrity.”

Nathan Wellington
University Council student member
Co-Chairperson, Student Senate

Available elected student member positions: Two students

Eligibility:

  • A person is eligible to be nominated in this Council election if they are a currently enrolled student who is not employed as a part-time or full-time member of staff at USC. For the purposes of Council elections, individuals employed as casuals or sessionals at USC are not considered full or part-time staff.
  • Please also see the Election of Council Members – Governing Policy for eligibility requirements.
  • Maintain enrolment and other eligibility requirements throughout the term of office.
  • Student member positions on University Council require support of two students eligible to vote in an election. The candidate is responsible for ensuring that the support of the two eligible students is received BEFORE the nomination closing date and time for the nomination to be accepted. Details can be found within the nomination form.

Key Information:

  • Students are elected for a two year term from 9 December 2021 to 8 December 2023.
  • Council meetings are held six times per year.
  • Meetings typically run for two to three hours.
  • The current schedule of meetings for Council in 2022 can be accessed here.
  • Most meetings are held in the Council room at the USC Sunshine Coast campus, however, meetings may be held at other campuses.
  • In addition to the six regular meetings, a 1.5 day Retreat is held in April each year and a full day Planning Day is held on the day of the October Council meeting.
  • The two elected student members of Council assume the role of the Co-Chairpersons of the Student Senate. The Student Senate meets approximately five times per year. The Student Senate Terms of Reference and Co-Chairperson role statement can be accessed here under USC Student Senate.
  • Members’ time commitment includes reading agenda papers and participating in training activities.
  • Members do not receive any remuneration for their service.

 To apply: Submit a Nomination form available here.

Academic Board

Academic Board was established under the University of the Sunshine Coast Act 1998 (Qld) to primarily protect the academic quality and integrity of the USC's higher education operations.

The Chairperson of Academic Board is Professor Tim Wess. The Board contributes to academic quality assurance through:

  • advising Council on teaching, scholarship and research matters concerning USC;
  • formulating proposals for USC academic policies;
  • monitoring USC academic activities; and
  • promoting and encouraging scholarship and research.

Academic Board contributes to USC's ability to operate in accordance with the Higher Education Standards Framework in particular, matters related to academic governance as well as other relevant regulations.

Available student representative positions:

  • One undergraduate student
  • One postgraduate student
  • One international student
  • One Indigenous identifying student

 Eligibility:

  • Maintain enrolment status as per representative position throughout 2022 (i.e. if appointed as an undergraduate student must maintain enrolment as an undergraduate student).
  • Students who hold a staff appointment at USC of 0.5 FTE or more are not eligible to hold membership in this category.
  • Students who are currently subject to the Student Services and Engagement Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) process, or who have previously been subject to an adverse misconduct finding (academic, research or general), are not eligible to apply.

 Key Information:

  • Academic Board meets at least five times each year.
  • Meetings typically run for two hours and are held at the USC Sunshine Coast campus. However, a zoom option is available to those who are unable to attend in person.
  • One year membership appointment, with a maximum of two consecutive terms of office permitted.
  • Terms and conditions (declaration).

To apply: Submit an Expression of Interest form available here.

Learning and Teaching Committee

The Learning and Teaching Committee advises the Academic Board and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) on a range of learning and teaching matters including policy on learning and teaching. The Committee also monitors learning and teaching performance, benchmarking and external referencing of program and course design and delivery, academic integrity and academic risk.

“It has been such a privilege to be part of the USC committees as the undergraduate representative on the LTC. It has given me great insight into the way that the University works, whilst giving me an opportunity to advocate for students. As a student I have felt heard and empowered to speak up about issues important to us. Being involved in the governance of the university has deeply enriched my student experience and helped me develop my employability skills. I highly recommend taking the opportunity to be involved.”

Kristy Benson
Student representative
Learning and Teaching Committee

Available student representative positions:

  • One undergraduate student
  • One postgraduate (coursework) student

 Eligibility:

  • Maintain enrolment status as per representative position throughout 2022 (i.e. if appointed as an undergraduate student must maintain enrolment as an undergraduate student).
  • Students who hold a staff appointment at USC of 0.5 FTE or more are not eligible to hold membership in this category.
  • Students who are currently subject to the Student Services and Engagement Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) process, or who have previously been subject to an adverse misconduct finding (academic, research or general misconduct), are not eligible to apply.

 Key Information:

  • The Learning and Teaching Committee meets at least four times each year.
  • Meetings typically run for two hours and are held at the USC Sunshine Coast campus. However, a zoom option is available to those who are unable to attend in person.
  • One year membership appointment, with a maximum of two consecutive terms of office permitted.
  • Terms and conditions (declaration).

To apply: Submit an Expression of Interest form available here.

Research Committee

The Research Committee provides advice to Academic Board on research, research training and ethics matters, including policy on research, research training and ethics. The Committee advises the Academic Board and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) on strategic plans associated with research and research training.

The Research Committee considers and recommends areas of research activity for support including the establishment of research centres or institutes within USC. The Committee assists with the formulation of research strategies in accordance with USC’s Strategic Plan, monitors the work of the ethics committees to ensure that they meet internal and external requirements and develops recommendations to the Academic Board, as required.

The Committee provide leadership and advice on mechanisms to improve monitoring, benchmarking and reporting of USC’s research performance.

Available student representative positions:

  • Two postgraduate (higher degree by research - HDR) students

Eligibility:

  • Maintain enrolment as a postgraduate (HDR candidate) status throughout 2022.
  • Students who hold a staff appointment at USC of 0.5 FTE or more are not eligible to hold membership in this category.
  • Students who are currently subject to the Student Services and Engagement Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) process, or who have previously been subject to an adverse misconduct finding (academic, research or general), are not eligible to apply.

 Key Information:

  • Research Committee meetings are held six times a year.
  • Meetings typically run for two hours and are held at the USC Sunshine Coast campus. However, a zoom option is available to those who are unable to attend in person.
  • One year membership appointment, with a maximum of two consecutive terms of office permitted.
  • Terms and conditions (declaration).

To apply: Submit an Expression of Interest form available here.

Research Degrees Committee

The Research Degrees Committee monitors and provides advice to Academic Board on the quality of higher degree by research (HDR) programs and policies. The Committee makes recommendations to the Academic Board on proposals for the accreditation and discontinuation of HDR programs in accordance with the Higher Degree by Research Program Accreditation - Academic Policy and associated procedures.

The Research Degrees Committee liaises with and provides advice to the Research Committee on matters pertaining to HDR programs.

The Committee reviews the progress of HDR candidates; makes decisions related to candidature and examinations for higher degrees by research; and recommends to Academic Board the admission of candidates to the award of a higher degree by research.

Available student representative positions:

  • Two postgraduate (higher degree by research) students

Eligibility:

  • Maintain enrolment status (HDR candidate) throughout 2022.
  • Students who hold a staff appointment at USC of 0.5 FTE or more are not eligible to hold membership in this category.
  • Students who are currently subject to the Student Services and Engagement Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) process, or who have previously been subject to an adverse misconduct finding (academic, research or general misconduct), are not eligible to apply.

Key Information:

  • Research Degrees Committee meets at least four times each year.
  • Meetings typically run for two hours and are held at the USC Sunshine Coast campus. However, a zoom option is available to those who are unable to attend in person.
  • One year membership appointment, with a maximum of two consecutive terms of office permitted.
  • Terms and conditions (declaration).

To apply: Submit an Expression of Interest form available here.

Student Academic Appeals Committee

The Student Academic Appeals Committee considers student appeal applications regarding academic matters. The Committee reviews the decision being appealed, the grounds for appeal and as applicable, investigates and determines an outcome as per the Student Grievance Resolution - Governing Policy and the Student Review and Appeals – Procedures.

Available student representative positions:

  • One undergraduate student
  • One postgraduate student
  • One reserve undergraduate student
  • One reserve postgraduate student

Eligibility:

  • Maintain enrolment status as per representative position throughout 2022 (i.e. if appointed as an undergraduate student must maintain enrolment as an undergraduate student).
  • Students who hold a staff appointment at USC of 0.5 FTE or more are not eligible to hold membership in this category.
  • Students who are currently subject to the Student Services and Engagement Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) process, or who have previously been subject to an adverse misconduct finding (academic, research or general misconduct), are not eligible to apply.

Key Information:

  • Student Academic Appeals Committee meetings are held when required.
  • Meetings typically run for one hour and currently held via zoom.
  • One year membership appointment, with further terms permitted by approval of the Chairperson, Academic Board.
  • Terms and conditions (declaration).

To apply: Submit an Expression of Interest form available here.

Student General Misconduct Committee and Student General Misconduct Appeals Committee

Up to six students to be on a register of suitably qualified students approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students), to serve on the Committees as required.

The Student General Misconduct Committee is convened by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) to hear Category 2 allegations of student general misconduct as per the Student Misconduct – Procedures.

The Student General Misconduct Appeals Committee is convened to hear appeals of substantiated findings or penalties of student general misconduct as per the Student Review and Appeals – Procedures.

Available student representative positions:

  • Six undergraduate or postgraduate students

Eligibility:

  • Maintain enrolment status throughout 2022.
  • Enrolled full-time or part-time student.
  • Can be an undergraduate or postgraduate student.
  • Students who are currently subject to the Student Services and Engagement Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) process, or who have previously been subject to an adverse misconduct finding (academic, research or general misconduct), are not eligible to apply.

 Key Information:

  • Student General Misconduct Committee and Student General Misconduct Appeals Committee meetings are held when required.
  • Meetings typically run for an hour and currently held via zoom.
  • One year membership appointment from 1 November 2021.
  • Terms and conditions (declaration).

To apply: Submit an Expression of Interest form available here.

For any questions regarding positions on Council, please contact CouncilReturnOfficer@usc.edu.au.

For any questions regarding positions on the academic committees, please contact ReturningOfficer@usc.edu.au.