University of Melbourne Alumni Council
The Alumni Council works hard to represent the interests of the University of Melbourne and our alumni around the world. Elections will take place later this year – keep an eye out for instructions on how to nominate and vote!
Composition of the Council
Six members are elected by alumni, two representatives of the University serve on the Council as non-voting members, and the remaining members are recommended by the Vice-Chancellor and appointed by the University Council.
The six elected members will each represent a different faculty group as follows:
(a) Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and Melbourne School of Engineering;
(b) Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Fine Arts and Music;
(c) Faculty of Business and Economics and Melbourne Business School;
(d) Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences;
(e) Faculty of Science and Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Science;
(f) Melbourne Law School and Melbourne Graduate School of Education.
Business and Economics Alumni Council
The Business and Economics Alumni Council supports the mission of the Faculty of Business and Economics by fostering a lifelong connection with its global alumni community.
Thanks to your votes, three new members have been elected to act as your representatives for the 2017-2018 term. Congratulations to all candidates!
Can I nominate myself?
No. Self-nominations are not permitted under the Alumni Council Statute. If you’re interested in being nominated, ask a fellow alumnus or alumna to be your nominator. See the University of Melbourne Statute for more information.
As a member of staff, can I stand for election and/or vote?
Members of staff who are alumni are ineligible to stand for election. Staff alumni are encouraged to vote in the Alumni Council Election. Alumni staff are eligible (and encouraged) to vote.
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.
How many votes will I need?
A minimum of 20 votes is needed for a candidate to be elected.
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 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 via Skype.
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 free and 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.
How is the progress and success of the Alumni Council measured?
The Council must determine its areas of focus and reports against these annually to the alumni body and the University Council.
Will the Council be provided administrative support?
The Council is supported by the Advancement Office.
How often are meetings held?
Meetings are held at the University of Melbourne Parkville campus 6-7 times per year.