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When the WA State Parliament created the University of Western Australia as a legal entity in 1911 by passing the UWA Act, the Act created Convocation to act as an electorate for those wishing to seek election to UWA's governing authority, the Senate.

The elections for 2024 is in progress.  Required dates to know are:

  • Date Nominations opened – 1 November 2023
  • Date Nominations closed – 1 December 2023
  • Date Polling commences – 1 February 2024
  • Date Polling closes – 5.00pm AWST, 12 March 2024
  • Date Poll declared – 28 March 2024

Convocation elections are managed by CorpVote.

Why does Convocation elect members of Senate?

The membership of Convocation therefore includes all those groups who are actively involved in the University, including:

  • All members and past members of the UWA Senate
  • All graduates of the University
  • All senior academic staff of the University
  • Representatives of commercial, industrial, scientific, professional or educational associations who interact with the University
  • Such graduates, fellows, members, licentiates and associates of universities, colleges or institutions duly authorised to grant degrees, diplomas, licences or certificates as are admitted to be members of Convocation under a Statute
  • Persons who have rendered services or made gifts to the University

What is the role of Convocation?

In the UWA Act and Statutes, five roles are delineated for Convocation:

  • A Representative Role - To represent the interests and opinions of members through effective communication and to present such views to the University and the community of Western Australia
  • A Governance Role - To encourage members of Convocation to participate in the governance of the University through the election of Convocation members to the Senate and the review of amendments to University statutes
  • A Contribution Role - To encourage members to support and contribute to the intellectual and cultural prosperity of the University community;
  • A Membership Interaction Role - To promote professional and social links between members of Convocation by creating and supporting opportunities for graduate interaction
  • A Promotion of Excellence Role - To promote the ideals and purpose of the University and Convocation to graduates and undergraduates, other members of the University and the community of Western Australia

Why are the results of the elections announced at the First Ordinary Meeting of Convocation?

One of the original roles of Convocation was to conduct the "General Meetings" of the University (titled Ordinary Meetings) where the Vice-Chancellor presented a report on UWA's progress towards its aims and objectives and was available to answer questions on his report and/or any other issue pertaining to the University. The UWA Act and Statutes still stipulate that this is the forum where the results of elections shall be declared by the Warden of Convocation.

How many members of Senate are elected by Convocation?

When first created by the UWA Act of 1911, Convocation was responsible for electing twelve members of the Senate. Subsequent amendments to the UWA Act have resulted in this being reduced to two members to enable representatives of UWA staff and other stakeholders to be directly elected by these groups.

Past election results

In accordance with Part 4 of the University of Western Australia Act 1911 and University of Western Australia Statutes Chapter 4

  • Elections 2024

    ANNUAL ELECTIONS 12 MARCH 2024

    All UWA graduates are automatically members of Convocation and are entitled to vote and/or nominate for positions in these elections.

    In accordance with Part 4 of the University of Western Australia Act 1911 and University of Western Australia Statutes Chapter 4.

    Nominations for the following positions open on Wednesday 1 November 2023 and close at 12pm on Friday 1 December 2023

    • WARDEN OF CONVOCATION (1-year term)
    • DEPUTY WARDEN OF CONVOCATION (1-year term)
    • SIX ORDINARY MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL OF CONVOCATION (six 3-year term)
    • ONE MEMBER OF SENATE (3-year term)

    The current office holders of these positions complete their terms in March 2024 and all are eligible for re-election.

    Update your contact details here to receive your email voting pack. The electors' roll for postal and electronic voting closes 1 December 2023.

    Important Deadlines
    Candidate Nomination opens 1 November 2023
    Candidate Nomination closes 12.00 noon 1 December 2023
    Voting by post or email
    update your contact details by
    1 December 2023
    Election Period 1 February 2024 - 12 March 2024 (5.00pm AWST)
    Results announced Autumn Ordinary Meeting 21 March 2024

    In accordance with clause 45(1) of the UWA Statute, Convocation approves an electronic voting process and a postal voting process for elections.

    Voting opens in the first week of February 2024. For voting support please contact CorpVote on 1300 710 950 or [email protected]

    Nomination forms

    Nominations received after 12pm Friday 1 December 2023 will be invalid.

    WARDEN, DEPUTY WARDEN OR ORDINARY COUNCILLOR Download here

    SENATE Download here

  • Elections 2023

    Results of Convocation elections of one Member of Senate, Warden, Deputy Warden, and Members of the Council of Convocation

    At the close of ballots on Tuesday, 14 March 2023, pursuant to Chapter 4 of UWA Statutes, the following candidates officially declared elected at the 2023 Autumn Ordinary Meeting of Convocation:

    Position Name Term
    Warden of Convocation Emeritus Professor Jenny Gregory AM 1-year term
    Deputy Warden Dr David Griffiths 1-year term
    Council of Convocation Matthew Budge 3-year term
      Harriet Calverley 3-year term
      Devon Cuneo 3-year term
      David Davidson 1-year term
      Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis 3-year term
      Graham Goerke 2-year term
      Warren Kerr AM 3-year term
      Bob Olivier 3-year term
  • Elections 2022

    Results of Convocation elections of one Member of Senate, Warden, Deputy Warden, and Members of the Council of Convocation

    At the close of ballots on Tuesday, 8 March 2022, pursuant to Chapter 4 of UWA Statutes, the following candidates officially declared elected at the 2022 Autumn Ordinary Meeting of Convocation:

    Position Name Term
    Member of Senate Adjunct Professor Warren Kerr AM 3-year term
    Warden of Convocation Emeritus Professor Jenny Gregory AM 1-year term
    Deputy Warden Dr David Griffiths 1-year term
    Council of Convocation Adjunct Professor Dr Brett Davies 3-year term
      Dr Agi Gedeon 3-year term
      Ms Nee Nee Ong 3-year term
      Mr Ric Stern 3-year term
      Professor Marc Tennant AM 3-year term
  • Elections 2021

    Results of Convocation elections of one Member of Senate, Warden, Deputy Warden, and Members of the Council of Convocation

    At the close of ballots on Tuesday, 9 March 2021, pursuant to Chapter 4 of UWA Statutes, the following candidates officially declared elected at the 2021 Autumn Ordinary Meeting of Convocation:

    Position Name Term
    Member of Senate Adjunct Professor Dr Brett Davies 3-year term
    Warden of Convocation Clinical Professor Lesley Cala 1-year term
    Deputy Warden Adjunct Professor Dr Brett Davies 1-year term
    Council of Convocation Emeritus Professor Jenny Gregory AM 3-year term
      Dr Estie Kruger 3-year term
      Dr Raj Kurup 3-year term
      Dr Moira Maley 3-year term
      Ms Rosalind Moore 3-year term
      Dr Fran Pesich 3-year term
      Ms Devon Cuneo 2-year term
      Mr Simon Dawkins 2-year term
  • Elections 2020

    Results of Convocation elections of Warden, Deputy Warden, and Members of the Council of Convocation

    Following the 4th December 2019 deadline for receipt of voting papers pursuant to section 71 of Statute No 9, the following candidates officially declared elected at the 2020 Autumn Ordinary Meeting of Convocation.

    Position Name Term
    Warden of Convocation Clinical Professor Lesley Cala 1-year term
    Deputy Warden Dr Brett Davies 1-year term
    Council of Convocation Dr Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis 3-year term
      Dr David Griffiths AM 3-year term
      Mr Jeff Gunningham 3-year term
      Adjunct Professor Warren Kerr AM 3-year term
      Dr Nin Kirkham 3-year term
    Elected to fill in Casual vacancies from 11 May 2020 until March 2021 Mr Andrew Berryman  
      Dr Moira Maley  
      Mr Elliott Wallace  
  • Elections 2019

    Results of Convocation elections of Warden, Deputy Warden, and Members of the Council of Convocation and one Member of Senate.

    Following the 12th March 2019 deadline for receipt of voting papers, a ballot was conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission, in the presence of scrutineer. 

    Pursuant to section 71 of Statute No 9, and clause 20 of Statute No 12, the following candidates were officially declared elected at the 2019 Autumn Ordinary Meeting of Convocation.

    Position Name Term
    Warden of Convocation Dr Doug McGhie 1-year term
    Deputy Warden Clinical Professor Lesley Cala 1-year term
    Council of Convocation Dr Agi Gedeon 3-year term
      Ms Megan Lee 3-year term
      Cr Julie Matheson 3-year term
      Dr Elijah Nathan 3-year term
      Ms Nee Nee Ong 3-year term
      Mr Jonathan Strauss 3-year term
      Winthrop Professor Marc Tennant  3-year term
    Member of Senate Adjunct Professor Warren Kerr  AM 3-year term
  • Elections 2018

    Results of Convocation elections of Warden, Deputy Warden, and Members of the Council of Convocation and one Member of Senate.

    Following the 13th March 2018 deadline for receipt of voting papers, a ballot was conducted by CorpVote Pty Ltd, in the presence of scrutineer.

    Pursuant to section 71 of Statute No 9, and clause 20 of Statute No 12, the following candidates were officially declared elected at the Autumn Ordinary Meeting of Convocation.

    Position Name Term
    Warden of Convocation Dr Doug McGhie 1-year term
    Deputy Warden Dr Joan Pope OAM 1-year term
    Council of Convocation Ms Devon Cuneo 3-year term
      Emeritus Professor Jenny Gregory AM 3-year term
      Mr Graham Harmsworth 3-year term
      Dr Raj Kurup  AM 3-year term
      Mr James Paparo 3-year term
      Dr Fran Pesich 3-year term
      Mr Ric Stern 3-year term
    Member of Senate Mr Simon Dawkins 3-year term
  • Elections 2017

    Results of Convocation elections of Warden, Deputy Warden, and Members of the Council of Convocation.

    Following the 14th March 2017 deadline for receipt of voting papers, a ballot was conducted by CorpVote Pty Ltd, in the presence of scrutineer.

    Pursuant to section 71 of Statute No 9, the following candidates were officially declared elected at the Autumn Ordinary Meeting of Convocation.

    Position Name Term
    Warden of Convocation Dr Doug McGhie 1-year term
    Deputy Warden Dr Joan Pope OAM 1-year term
    Council of Convocation Clinical Professor Lesley Cala 3-year term
      Mr Gary Pennefather 3-year term
      Dr Julie Crews 3-year term
      Mr Tony Tate AM 3-year term
      Dr Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis 3-year term
      Mr Jeff Gunningham 3-year term
      Dr Brett Davies 3-year term
      Mr Jonathan Strauss 2-year term
      Dr Raj Kurup  1-year term
  • Elections 2016

    Results of Convocation elections of Warden, Deputy Warden, and Members of the Council of Convocation.

    Following the 8th March 2016 deadline for receipt of voting papers, a ballot was conducted by the WA Electoral Commission, in the presence of scrutineer.

    Pursuant to section 71 of Statute No 9, the following candidates were officially declared elected at the First Ordinary Meeting of Convocation of 2016.

    Position Name Term
    Warden of Convocation Adjunct Professor Warren Kerr AM 1-year term
    Deputy Warden Dr Joan Pope OAM 1-year term
    Council of Convocation Dr Mark Andrich 3-year term
      Dr Agi Gedeon 3-year term
      Dr Libby Feutrill 3-year term
      Dr Susan King 3-year term
      Ms Julie Matheson 3-year term
      Dr Doug McGhie 3-year term
      Ms Nee Nee Ong 3-year term
      Assist. Professor Peter Robinson 2-year term
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