JCU Student Advisory Forum

The JCU Student Advisory Forum was established to promote cross-institutional communication and interaction among JCU students and staff.

The Forum is designed to encourage a culture of effective student engagement by:

  • Providing an opportunity for students to provide feedback to the University
  • Providing a forum for students to participate in decision-making processes
  • Providing a forum where students can provide feedback on course matters, including development of new course offerings across discipline areas
  • Aiding in the co-creation of solutions, and development of new and innovative ideas and practices
  • Providing an occasion for University representatives to respond to issues raised by student representatives, and
  • Enhancing student employability by offering opportunities for students to gain experience and develop new skill sets.

In particular, the Forum provides an additional avenue for students to help decide how revenue from the Student Services and Amenities Fee will be used across the University.

Student Self-Nominations

Student Self-Nominations have been finalised and a two year membership term will apply.

Meeting Dates

The Student Advisory Forum meets twice per year.  Meetings have been scheduled as follows:

  • 10 April 2017
  • 31 August 2017


The Student Advisory Forum is Co-Chaired by:

  • Professor Stephen Naylor, Chair Academic Board; and
  • Claire Holland, Student Representative

I was delighted to be invited as the Student Representative Co-Chair of the Student Advisory Forum. I am looking forward to working with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) in this role, as well as the invited and nominated members of the Forum.

I have been a student representative for a number of years at JCU. I was elected Postgraduate Officer to the JCU Student Association Council in 2015 and 2016 and I am currently the acting Postgraduate Officer for 2017. In my role as the Postgraduate Officer I have been involved in a number of JCU committees as a student representative providing advice on JCU policy and the strategic direction of the JCUSA.

As a HDR student at JCU I have previously been enrolled in a Graduate Certificate of Education, a Graduate Certificate of Research Methods and I am now enrolled in a PhD. I have enjoyed my student experience at JCU so far, and I hope that continues as I have a few more student years ahead of me!

In addition to studying, I am a lecturer in the JCU Conflict Management and Resolution program. I also work as a private mediator and facilitator, and I’m a member of the North Queensland Family Law Pathways Network steering committee and the Townsville Hospital and Health Service Clinical Ethics Committee.

Membership Term

A 2-year membership term will apply based on criteria outlined in the Student Advisory Forum Handbook. Exceptions to the 2-year term may be made dependent upon the length of a student's course of study.

A call for student nominations will occur each February via email bulletin.

Forum Contacts

JCU Student Advisory Forum Secretariat:

Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

Phone (07) 4781 4565

Background to the Forum

Recently in Australian Higher education, there has been considerable interest in developing more systemic approaches to the inclusion of student voice in university decision-making and governance, across all possible areas of student engagement and at all levels of institutional governance.

The premise on which this work is based is that engaging students as partners in their educational experience makes a positive and importance difference to student engagement, will help shape the quality of that experience in an individual institution and contribute to the overall success of Australian universities collectively.

Examples of this work include:

The more recent focus on students as partners in Australia has built on longer-term work, and a strong culture has developed in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, for example:

  • sparqs (student partnerships in quality Scotland), an agency that promotes placing students "at the heart of decisions being made about the quality and governance of the learning experience"
  • The Higher Education Academy's Enhancement Theme, Students as partners
  • The Student Engagement Partnership, a central hub for student engagement expertise operating in partnership with major UK sector organisations
  • A Manifesto for Partnership by the National Union of Students