UTS encourages you to represent your peers and bring your experience, values, insight and interest to the work of the UTS committees, boards and groups that deal with student matters.
Through participation on the university’s committees, you have the opportunity to contribute to discussions and decision making on academic, faculty and research matters, as well as in areas of scholarship, governance and community service. You will also gain valuable experience in advocacy, negotiation and teamwork.
Many positions for students on UTS committees are filled through student elections, and eligible students can stand for these positions with the support of two of their peers. Student candidates on Academic Board’s committees are nominated and elected by Academic Board members. For information about standing in student elections, see nominating and conduct in elections.
In 2018, students were able to stand as candidates, nominate and vote in elections for:
- Council — 2 positions
- Academic Board — 9 positions
- Academic Board committees — 29 positions
- Faculty boards — 32 positions
- ActivateUTS Board — 4 positions
We will send details about these elections to eligible UTS students at your student.uts.edu.au email address before nominations open.
Nomination forms and other information about student elections will be available on the UTS Elections website during nomination and voting periods.
Election results are published around two weeks after voting closes. See results for the outcome of 2017 elections.
Some UTS committees include positions for students that are filled by appointment.
Your commitment and availability
If you are interested in getting involved, one thing to consider is your availability to prepare for and attend committee meetings. Meeting preparation involves reading each meeting’s papers before coming to the meeting. The usual meeting timetable for a committee is provided with election information at the time of elections or on that committee’s website.
Committee participation and your AHEGS
The Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS) lists the positions of responsibility you held during your time as a student at UTS and the details of any awards or extracurricular activities connected with the university, for example, involvement in sports or societies.
Your committee participation, including the number of meetings you attended, is noted on your AHEGS.
There are elected or appointed positions for students on the following UTS committees.
UTS Council is the governing body of the university. Its powers and functions include the control of the university’s affairs, concerns and property. Council acts in all matters that best promote the objectives and interests of the university.
There are two positions for students on UTS Council.
Council’s membership includes the UTS Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and Chair of Academic Board as well as people with senior experience in fields such as education, technology, research or innovation, business or industry.
Student/Council Liaison Group
Student/Council Liaison Group is a forum for UTS students, members of UTS Council and senior management to discuss matters of policy and governance relevant to the student body.
There are ten elected positions for students on the Student/Council Liaison Group, comprising the two elected student members of Council and eight elected students from Academic Board. There are also several places filled by student office holders like the President of the UTS Students’ Association and President of ActivateUTS.
Academic Board is the principal advisory body to UTS Council on academic matters. It plays a key role in the UTS community by providing a forum for the discussion and debate of the academic directions of the university as well as the quality of its academic programs.
There are nine elected positions for students on Academic Board.
Members of Academic Board also include senior members of the university’s teaching, learning and research staff and elected faculty staff representatives.
Academic Board committees
Many of the committees that report to Academic Board have elected and appointed positions for students. You can find position details as well as contact points for Academic Board’s committees at:
- Courses Accreditation Committee
- Graduate Research School Board
- Research Committee
- Teaching and Learning Committee
- Board of Studies of the Connected Intelligence Centre
- Board of Studies of the Graduate School of Health
- Board of Studies of the Institute for Sustainable Futures
Each UTS faculty has its own faculty board, which acts as the faculty’s primary forum for the discussion and resolution of academic issues and matters.
Each faculty board has a number of elected positions for students.
UTS values the voices of its Indigenous students and has student positions available on the Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Strategies Committee and Indigenous Research Committee. A call for expressions of interest is sent annually to all Indigenous students to fill these positions.
Student misconduct and appeals committees
These committees adjudicate cases involving student conduct and academic integrity. Students are appointed to these committees on the recommendation of faculty deans.
The Board is responsible for the governance of ActivateUTS. ActivateUTS operates bars, cafes and food outlets across the UTS campus. It also is responsible for the registration of official UTS student clubs.
There are seven elected positions for student directors on the Board. To find out more about being a representative on the ActivateUTS Board, see ActivateUTS: About us.
UTS Students’ Association
The UTS Students’ Association is a completely independent and democratic organisation run by students, for students. Visit the UTS Students’ Association for more information.