Staff election

Details about the election of one (1) staff member to the University Council by all the staff of the University.

The Council is seeking candidates for election as a staff representative on Council for a four year term from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2023.

To be eligible for election, a candidate must be a permanent member of the staff of the University. A permanent member is defined in section 159(1) of the Education Act 1989 as follows:

permanent member, in relation to the teaching or general staff of an institution, means a member of the staff who—

  1. is employed, on either a full-time or part-time basis, for a period ending, unless sooner terminated, on his or her resignation or retirement; or
  2. has been employed, on either a full-time or part-time basis, whether under an employment agreement for a fixed term or otherwise, for at least 3 months; or
  3. has been employed, on either a full-time or part-time basis, whether under an employment agreement for a fixed term or otherwise, for less than 3 months and whose employment is, in the opinion of the chief executive of the institution, likely to continue for at least 3 months from the date of commencement of that employment.

The University uses the terms “academic staff” and “professional staff” rather than “teaching staff” and “general staff”.

Notice of candidacy

Potential candidates can request a Notice of Candidacy from the returning officer, Caroline Ward – caroline.ward@vuw.ac.nz

Completed Notices of Candidacy must be returned to the returning officer by 5 pm Friday, 20 September 2019.

Date of election

If the number of candidates exceeds the number of vacancies, an election will be held.  Electronic voting will commence on Monday, 7 October 2019 and close at 5 pm Monday, 14 October 2019.  Candidates will be elected by the first past the post method.

Eligible staff

All staff are eligible to vote in the election.

Returning officer

All correspondence relating to the election must be addressed to the returning officer.

These elections are governed by the Council Membership Statute and the Council Elections Procedure.

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