About the Alumni Council
The Alumni Council was established in 2011 and is comprised of up to 18 members. This includes two non-voting University representatives, no more than 10 members recommended by the Vice-Chancellor and appointed by the University Council, and six elected alumni representing:
- 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
The Council meets at the Parkville Campus six or seven times a year and uses accommodate video conferencing to accommodate the needs of overseas members.
Role of the Council
The Council has a number of roles, including:
- Representing the interests of the University and alumni around the world
- Enhancing the student experience and support career-focused initiatives to assist alumni and students
- Guiding alumni programming, promoting the University and helping raise philanthropic support
- Representing an informed alumni voice to help guide services and activities for students
- Providing input as to how the University can continue to improve
- Involvement in planning and policy in relation to alumni and their role in the University of Melbourne community
How the Council is governed
The Council determines its areas of focus and reports against these annually to the alumni body and the University Council.
How to get involved
By nominating to run for Council, you could continue to give Melbourne alumni a voice within the University. Elections are held every two years and are open to alumni who have graduated from the University of Melbourne. More information about the nomination requirements can be found under Election FAQs.
The next election will take place in late 2020.
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.
Can I nominate myself?
No. If you’re interested in being nominated, ask a fellow alumnus or alumna to be your nominator.
As a member of staff, can I stand for election 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?
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.
Alumni Council FAQs
Will my travel expenses as a member be paid?
Parking expenses will be reimbursed.
Will I be 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.
Will I be 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.
Is the Council be provided administrative support?
The Council is supported by the Advancement Office.