What is the Alumni Council?
The Council is comprised of up to 18 members, including two non-voting University representatives, no more than 10 members recommended by the Vice-Chancellor and appointed by the University Council, and the six elected alumni representing the six different faculty groups:
- Architecture, Building and Planning and Melbourne School of Engineering
- Arts and Fine Arts and Music
- Business and Economics and Melbourne Business School
- Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
- Science and Veterinary and Agricultural Science
- Melbourne Law School and Melbourne Graduate School of Education
This is where you come in. By nominating to run for Council, you have the opportunity to continue to give Melbourne alumni a voice within the University.
The next election will take place in late 2020.
What does the council do?
The Council has a number of roles, including:
- Represent the interests of the University and alumni around the world
- Enhance the student experience and support career-focused initiatives to assist alumni and students
- Guide alumni programming, promoting the University and helping raise philanthropic support
- Be part of and represent an informed alumni voice to help guide services and activities for students
- Provide input as to how the University can continue to improve
- Input into the activities that promote and enrich the student experience
- Provide input in to strategies that resolve key areas of interest for students
- Promote alumni-led career opportunities for students and alumni
- Provide views and involvement in planning and policy in relation to alumni and their role in the Uni of Melbourne community
The Council meets at the Parkville Campus six or seven times a year and will accommodate video conferencing needs, no matter where in the world you are.
Sarah Ellis, Alumni Council member
Being a member on the Alumni Council is being a member of a team of diverse individuals from different faculties with different experiences and careers who are all working together towards a common goal. The diversity of alumni on the Council provides a rich source of experiences and ensures alumni from all faculties are represented.
Alumni Council FAQs
How is the Alumni Council governed?
The Alumni Council was established in 2011 and reports to the University Council. See the University of Melbourne Statute (PDF) and the Alumni Council Charter (PDF) for more information.
Will my travel expenses as a member be paid?
Parking expenses will be reimbursed.
I live overseas. How will I join meetings?
We have a number of channels available for Council members to get involved, but members off-site generally link in a free video conferencing platform.
Am I expected to attend events? If so, how often?
As alumni ambassadors, it is hoped Council members will make time to attend a small number of events each year.
Am I expected to donate to the University if I sit on the Council?
No. There is no obligation for Council members to donate financially to the University.
What is the definition of alumnus/alumna?
Membership of the alumni community is extended to all those who have successfully completed at least one year of full-time study at the University, or in the case of international students, have completed a semester length Study Abroad program at the University. Former academic and professional staff and members of official University committees who have completed three years’ service are also deemed to be alumni of the University, and are automatically engaged in appropriate alumni activities.
This applies only to former external members of committees. ‘Official University committees’ is limited to Council, its standing committees and their sub-committees. A list of these committees and sub-committees can be obtained from the University Secretary’s Department.
Note: To nominate for election to the Alumni Council, you must have a degree from the University of Melbourne. Alumni without degree are not eligible for election, however, may vote in the elections.
How often are meetings held?
Meetings are held at the University of Melbourne Parkville campus six to seven times per year.
Can I nominate myself?
No. Self-nominations are not permitted. If you’re interested in being nominated, ask a fellow alumnus or alumna to be your nominator
- Alumni Council Charter (PDF)
As a member of staff, can I stand for election and/or vote?
Paid members of staff who are alumni are ineligible to stand for election. However, staff alumni are eligible and encouraged to vote in the elections.
If I am an honorary fellow, am I eligible to stand for election?
This depends on your relationship with the University. Honorary appointments that receive no salary remuneration are not regarded as staff and can therefore stand for election. However, if you receive salary remuneration, you classify as staff and are therefore ineligible.
Can I stand for re-election after the first term?
Yes. A Council member may stand for re-election after the first term.