Have you ever wondered who makes the decisions at UTS? You may be surprised to hear that everyday people, like you, the guy in the back seat of the lecture theatre or your teachers, have the chance to be part of that decision-making process. But since it can all be confusing, let’s compare it to something you hear about every day in the news – Australia.
If UTS was Australia… the UTS Council would be our Federal Government. They make the big decisions, like passing the annual budget and approving plans for new campus buildings.
The Academic Board would be the Senate (of Australia, not the Galaxy) where you can take part in debate and discussion about the direction of Australia. But instead of debating the best HSP or whether we should get a national high-speed train, our Academic Board considers all of our research and teaching, basically anything to do with our academic life.
Members of the Senate/Academic Board need advice. That’s where organisations like DFAT or the Department of Human Services come in. Or, in our case, the Academic Board committees advise based on their expertise in a certain area like Research Committee, Graduate Research School Board and Courses Accreditation Committee (just to name a few).
The Faculty Boards would be our State Governments. Just like each state has different populations, geography and economies, each faculty has different needs for student/research spaces, industry engagement and new courses.
But what's a democracy without community organisations? They stick up for our rights and make sure we've got a well-rounded life. For students, that's ActivateUTS. They also operate the bars and cafes that students love to use, have a focus on sustainability on campus and, well, basically run students' social life.
We need your help to make our UTS ‘government’ work. So, keep an eye on your emails because nominations for the elections start on Tuesday 14 August. Until then, read more on the UTS website.