Education Minister Nick McKim: Stop the Cuts to Student Representation on University Council!
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The Honourable Nick McKim

Education Minister Nick McKim: Stop the Cuts to Student Representation on University Council!

    1. Vinodan Rajandran
    2. Petition by

      Vinodan Rajandran

      Sandy Bay, Singapore

For decades, two student representatives have sat on University Council, The University of Tasmania's peak decision-making body. Now, a Bill before the House of Assembly seeks to slash that representation by 50%, effectively silencing the student voice on campus, at a time when phenomenal changes are being proposed to the University's management structure, curriculae and Faculty administration.

As a consequence of the University of Tasmania Amendment Bill 2012, the number of student representatives on the University Council will be reduced from 2 to 1, with no provision for an elected student representative. The proposed bill will result in the University having the least number of student representatives amongst universities surveyed and reduce the number of members on the University Council to levels lower than those observed in the universities surveyed. The proposed changes will also reduce the percentage of students on the current University Council to half that of the leading four universities. The universities surveyed included universities from the Group of Eight and other medium-sized and regional universities across Australia.

We have serious concerns about the impact that the Bill’s implementation will have on the capacity students have to exert meaningful influence over the primary policy and decision-making assembly of the university.







Recent signatures


    1. Amendments to be made.

      Vinodan Rajandran
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporter,

      Today the University of Tasmania Amendment Bill will be returned to the House of Assembly where further amendments to the Bill will be made and passed around 5pm.

      Unfortunately, these amendments only reversed those made by the Legislative Council and have placed us back in the position of only having one student representative on the University Council. Alex West and Maddi Charles met with the Minister for Education this afternoon to express their disappointment with his decision. Minister McKim has also proposed a further amendment to the wording of clause 7 Section 8 noting a minimum of one student. This is not good enough.

      We had hoped that Minister McKim would propose further amendments to safeguard student seats on the Council.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Heather Richards CLINTON, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      We have already experienced a cut in student representation on University Council at the University of Newcastle. The whole thing is a farce. Students are the major stakeholders of each University, but our voice and opinions are almost worthlesss. This is a reckless move, please sign it so that one day Universities might be institutions to be proud of.

    • Jacky Ho AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because it affects our future.

    • Sarah Ahern AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      A university is pointless without its students. UTas, don't quiet the voice of your most important group!

    • Rob Guest AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      There should be student input into how a university is run. There should be no diminishing of the current balance that is in place.

    • Cameron Foster AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Transparency and integrity are coming into question, and I'd prefer my degree not be tarnished by poor decisions to bureaucratise Tasmania's only credible facet of higher education.


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