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Notice of Election for USQ Council

Ballot Now Open

An electronic ballot to elect the following representatives to the Ninth USQ Council is open from Tuesday 28 March 2017 and closes on Tuesday 18 April 2017 at 5.00pm:

  • One student member.

The following nominations were received:

  • Student Member – Peter Becker, Ryan Cornwell

For the purposes of this election “Student” means a student enrolled at the University, other than students who are members of the University’s staff.

The elected student member attends all Council meetings and is a voting member of Council.  The student member may also be invited to participate in other University committees, student or reference groups.

Voting in the Council election is conducted via UConnect.  Candidate statements are available in the electronic election system within UConnect.

About the USQ Council

The USQ Council, established under the University of Southern Queensland Act 1998, is the governing body of the University, led by the Chancellor as its Chair, and is responsible for the overall governance of USQ.  The Council comprises 14 members representing University and community interests.


Membership of the USQ Council consists of:

  • ex officio members (the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and Chair of Academic Board)
  • five Governor in Council appointees
  • three elected members
    • Two staff members (one academic and one professional)
    • One student member
  • three additional members appointed by the Council.

As Council members contribute to the development of policy and strategic planning, they are expected to have a knowledge and understanding of the legislative framework within which strategy and policy may be developed and applied.

There are many benefits of being a member of the University Council including:

  • Contributing towards the governance of and strategic decision making at USQ
  • Making a difference by assisting to improve the quality and delivery of education at USQ
  • Acting as a voice to raise significant issues
  • Acquiring new skills that will assist in the corporate governance

Contact details

Any questions or concerns about this election should be forwarded to Professor Mark Toleman, University Secretary or Mrs Robyn Ivey, Executive Officer (Council).