Election to Council of two academic staff members

Election to Council of two Academic Staff Members.

On 29 September 2020, of the term of office for both Professor Kate Reynolds and Associate Professor Ben Corry will expire.  This means that it will be necessary to hold an election in order to elect two members of the academic staff to the ANU Council.

The elected members will hold office for a term of two years from 30 September 2020.

About the Council

The ANU Council is the governing body of the University. The role of the ANU Council and its committees is to govern the University, providing general oversight and direction of its activities.  As per the ANU Act, there are currently 15 positions on the ANU Council made up of the Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, members elected by the academic and professional staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as seven members appointed by the Federal Minister for Education & Training.


Nominations were open from 3 August 2020 for two academic staff members.  Of these two members:

  • one must have duties with a predominant research focus ('the Academic staff (Institute) member")
  • one must have duties involving both teaching and research ("the Academic staff (Faculties) member"). 

Nominations closed Tuesday 18 August 2020 at 5pm.


Candidates for Election

IAS Position - Academic staff (Institute) member

  • Professor Philip Batterham, Research School of Population Health, College of Health & Medicine
  • Professor Lisa Kewley, Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics, ANU College of Science
  • Professor Kate Reynolds, Research School of Psychology, ANU College of Health and Medicine

Faculties Position - Academic staff (Faculties) member

  • Professor Samantha Bennett, School of Music, College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Associate Professor Carol Hayes School of Culture, History and Language, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Dr Jonathan Liljeblad, ANU College of Law
  • Dr Imogen Mathew, Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, College of Asia & the Pacific
  • Associate Professor Inger Mewburn, Director of Researcher Development
  • Associate Professor Krisztina Valter-Kocsi, ANU Medical School, College of Health & Medicine
  • Professor Asmi Wood, ANU College of Law



Voting for this election commenced on Monday 24th September 2020.

The voting period closed at 5pm on Monday 14 September.


Scrutiny of Results

The scrutiny of the electronic count was conducted by the Returning Officer (Corporate Governance & Risk Office) at 12(noon) on Tuesday 15 September 2020. Ms Leslie McDonald from the Corporate Governance & Risk Office and Ms Beth Harris from the Examinations Graduations and Prizes Office verified the results of the count.

Following the count of preferences, I declare Professor Kate Reynolds elected as the Academic staff (Institute) member and Professor Asmi Wood elected as the Academic staff (Faculties) member.

The elected members hold office for a term of two years from 30 September 2020.

For more information regarding ANU Council Elections contact returning.officer@anu.edu.au.

Megan Easton
Returning Officer