Statute 2.1 - Elections to Council
(Repealed June 2013)
Regulations Made Under Statute 2.1
- Regulation 2.1.R1 - Elections to the Council by Members of Staff and by Students (Revoked April 2013)
- Regulation 2.1.R2 - Release of Voting Figures (Revoked April 2013)
Statute 2.2 - Council Meetings
Ordinary Council meetings
2.2.1 Council must meet not less than four times each year on dates that Council determines from time to time.
Special Council meetings
2.2.2 (1) The Chancellor or vice-chancellor may call a special meeting of Council whenever either officer considers such a meeting to be necessary.
(2) The Chancellor or vice-chancellor or, in their absence, the university secretary must convene a special meeting of Council within fourteen days of the receipt of an application for a special meeting signed by eight members of Council.
(3) An application under sub-section (2) must specify the business to be considered at the meeting.
Notice of Council meetings
2.2.3 The university secretary must give not less than seven days notice in writing of the date of each Council meeting to each member of Council.
Notice of business to be considered
2.2.4 (1) The university secretary must give not less than three days notice in writing of the business to be considered at each Council meeting to each member of Council.
(2) Unless determined otherwise by Council, no member may raise any business for consideration at a Council meeting unless notice of the business has been given to the university secretary not less than twelve days before the date of the meeting. The university secretary must give not less than seven days notice in writing to each member of Council of any business notified under this sub-section.
Conduct of Council meetings
2.2.5 Subject to section 2 of Statute 1.3 and to this statute the procedure for the conduct of Council meetings must be determined by Council.
- [Am. 3/5/99, effective 1/7/99; s2.2.1 am 11/12/06, approved by the Minister 12/3/07; ss 2..2.1, 2.2.2, 2.2.3, 2.2.4 and 2.2.5 amended by Council 7/6/10 – approved by the Minister 5/7/10.]
Statute 2.3 - The Chancellor and Deputy-Chancellors
Appointment of the Chancellor
- Council must appoint a Chancellor for a period of three years commencing on 1 January of the year following the year in which Council resolves to make that appointment.
- Council may, by standing resolution, provide electoral or other procedures for determining a nominee for appointment as Chancellor.
- Subject to the Act, the Chancellor is eligible for reappointment by Council
- If the person appointed as the Chancellor ceases to hold office before expiry of the period of his or her appointment, Council may appoint another person to hold that office until it is filled in accordance with sub-section (1).
- The office of Chancellor becomes vacant under sub-section (4) if Council, by a majority of two-thirds of all members, so resolves, or as otherwise provided in the Act.
Powers of the Chancellor
Subject to the Act and the statutes, the Chancellor, by virtue of the office, is a member of all bodies of the University.
Appointment of deputy chancellors
- In each odd-numbered year, Council must appoint one deputy chancellor for a period of two years commencing on 1 January of the year following the year in which Council resolves to make that appointment.
- In each even-numbered year, Council must appoint one deputy chancellor for a period of two years commencing on 1 January of the year following the year in which Council resolves to make that appointment.
- The provisions of section 2.3.1 of this statute regarding the appointment, reappointment and termination of appointment of the Chancellor extend and apply mutatis mutandis to the deputy chancellors.
- Council may nominate which deputy chancellor is to undertake the role of acting Chancellor when required.
- Subject to section 25 of the Act, in the absence of the Chancellor, or during any vacancy in the office of Chancellor or during the inability of the Chancellor to act, an acting Chancellor has all the powers and duties of the Chancellor.
Statute 2.4 - The Vice-Chancellor
Council to appoint the vice-chancellor
Council may appoint as vice-chancellor any person whom Council considers to be capable of performing the duties of the office.
Expiry of appointment
Subject to this statute, the vice-chancellor holds office for such period as Council determines on the occasion of each such appointment.
Conditions of appointment of vice-chancellor
- The conditions of appointment of the vice-chancellor are those determined by Council following receipt of a report by a committee appointed for the purpose.
- The vice-chancellor must not engage in any work or occupation for profit without the permission of Council except when such work or occupation is permitted by the conditions of appointment of the vice-chancellor.
Termination of appointment
- If a question arises as to the fitness of the vice-chancellor to perform the duties of the office, Council may convene an inquiry to investigate the question.
- An inquiry convened under this section must be constituted in such manner as Council sees fit having regard to the circumstances of the case.
- If an inquiry under this section finds that the vice-chancellor is unfit by reason of infirmity, misconduct or inefficiency to perform the duties of the office, Council may terminate the appointment of the vice-chancellor.
- A decision to terminate the appointment of the vice-chancellor is not valid unless carried by an absolute majority of Council.
Censure or suspension of vice-chancellor
Council may decide to censure or suspend from duty the vice-chancellor if any inquiry under section 2.4.4 finds the vice-chancellor to be guilty of misconduct or inefficiency, if, in the circumstances of the case, termination of appointment would be harsh, unjust or unreasonable.
- The vice-chancellor may resign the office by notice in writing delivered to the Chancellor not less than six months before 31 January of the following year.
- Notwithstanding sub-section (1), Council may accept the resignation of the vice-chancellor at any time.
The vice-chancellor may retire at any time after reaching 55 years of age.
Council may grant leave to the vice-chancellor on such terms as it considers appropriate.
Powers and responsibilities of the vice-chancellor
- The powers and responsibilities of the vice-chancellor are as set out in section 1.7.6 of Statute 1.7.
- Subject to the Act and Statute 1.7, the vice-chancellor may exercise any of the powers of Council which are necessary for or incidental to the proper administration of the University including-
- in respect of an urgent matter requiring immediate decision or action by Council or another body of the University, the power to make any decision or take any action on behalf of Council or the body which the vice-chancellor considers necessary in the circumstances; and
- in respect of a minor or routine matter, the power to give any direction or take any action the vice-chancellor considers necessary;
- in connection with any matter relating to the performance of the vice-chancellor's duties, the power to obtain from any body of the University or member of staff of the University any information the vice-chancellor requires.
- If the vice-chancellor makes a decision or acts under paragraph (b) of sub-section (2) in respect of an urgent matter, the vice-chancellor must inform Council or relevant body of the University of the matter as soon as practicable.
- The vice-chancellor may require from a member of the University an explanation of any neglect of duty, misconduct or inefficiency alleged against the officer.
- Subject to the Act and the statutes, the vice-chancellor is by virtue of the office a member of all bodies of the University.
- In matters of urgency the vice-chancellor may make any regulation which Council could make and which could not otherwise have been made by the vice-chancellor, and the vice-chancellor must report the making of the regulation to the next meeting of Council.
- The vice-chancellor may correct a clerical mistake or an error arising from any accidental slip or omission which demonstrably has occurred in the transmission of an instrument to Council:
- in any statute – at any time prior to its approval by the relevant minister; and
- in any regulation or standing resolution – at any time.
The vice-chancellor will report any such corrections to Council as soon as practicable.
Appointment of acting vice-chancellor
- The Chancellor or Council may appoint an officer as the acting vice-chancellor if-
- a vacancy occurs in the office of vice-chancellor; or
- the vice-chancellor is unable to perform the duties of the office by reason of ill health or absence from the University.
- If an appointment under this section is made by the Chancellor, the appointment expires on the date of the next meeting of Council.
- An acting vice-chancellor exercises the powers and assumes the responsibilities of the vice-chancellor for the term of the relevant appointment.
- [s. 2.4.10(5) en. 9/5/95, ss. 1 and 2 am. 7/7/97, s. 11(1) am. 4/9/00, s2.4.10(6) inserted 6/9/07; ss 2.4.1, 2.4.2, 2.4.3, 2.4.4, 2.4.5, 2.4.6, 2.4.7, 2.4.8 amended, s 2.4.9 deleted, ss 2.4.10 and 2.4.11 renumbered and amended by Council 7/6/10 – approved by the Minister 5/7/10;]
Statute 2.5 - Senior Executive Staff
Certain offices reserved for appointment by Council
2.5.1 Council may by regulation reserve to itself the power to make appointments on behalf of the University to certain executive offices, with such duties and on such terms and conditions as it determines.
Power to obtain information
2.5.2 Without limiting any power that may be vested in any employee of the University under their contract of employment, an officer appointed by Council pursuant to a power reserved to Council by regulation:
- may consult with any member of staff of the University;
- may require any body of the University or any member of its staff to provide information which that officer considers to be relevant to the performance of their duties; and
- has such other powers as are conferred upon them, or delegated by Council or by the vice-chancellor.
2.5.3 (1) Council may nominate a deputy to any officer appointed by Council under section 2.5.1. The duties to be performed by any such nominated deputy must be determined by the relevant officer appointed under section 2.5.1.
(2) If an officer appointed by Council under section 2.5.1 is absent or unable to perform the duties of that office, and no other person has been appointed to act in that office, a person nominated as deputy to that officer has the same powers and duties as that officer.