The number of student representatives elected varies depending on your faculty or school. Elected students are able to provide input into policy, procedural and academic matters, and may also represent their faculty or school in meetings with corporate organisations, government bodies and non-governmental organisations.
Each faculty or school has two representative bodies: the Faculty/University School, and the Faculty Board/University School Board. There are also student members on the Academic Board. The Academic Board has the principal responsibility to encourage and maintain the highest standards in teaching, scholarship and research and to safeguard the academic freedom of the University.
Two students are elected to be members of Senate. Senate Fellows perform functions of the Senate with due care and diligence, acting in the best interests of the University. They provide valuable contribution in Senate meetings and standing committees.
The Faculty or University School is a consultative forum that meets at least once a semester and can, for example, receive and consider reports on academic matters and make recommendations on academic matters to the Faculty Board/University School Board.
The Faculty Board or University School Board is responsible for academic decision-making and meets at least twice a year. It includes ex-officio members, elected academic staff, elected or appointed professional staff and elected student representatives.
The Academic Board is responsible for ensuring the highest standards in teaching, scholarship and research at the University. They oversee academic affairs, provide a forum for debate and information flow and communicate with the academic community including faculties and schools. They help faculties/University schools maintain quality and educational integrity standards and implement faculty/University school board recommendations across the University. This includes proposals for new courses and revisions to existing courses.
The University of Sydney Senate is responsible for staff appointments and welfare, student welfare and discipline, financial matters and the physical and academic development of the University. It also awards all degrees and diplomas and is responsible to the Parliament of NSW. The statutory powers and responsibilities of Senate are defined by Section 16 of the University of Sydney Act 1989 (NSW).