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The University of Newcastle Council is the University's most senior decision-making body responsible for the oversight, management and development of strategic plans and key policies. Council monitors the overall performance and accountability of the organisation and is subject to standards of corporate governance. You can read more about the University Council on the University of Newcastle Website.

The Representative will act as a channel of communication between the UNSA Student Representative Council and the University Council, liaising, consulting and collaborating with relevant staff and stakeholders at the University. The Representative will also advise on matters referred by the University management and University Council.

The University of Newcastle Council Student Representative is an ex officio member, elected by and from the student members of the Residential Associations. Ex officio members of the Student Council can move and discuss motions, but they do not have voting power.


Lucas Dowling

Hi, my name’s Lucas Dowling. I’m a third-year Bachelor of Laws / Arts student and the elected Student Representative on the University Council and an ex officio member of the UNSA Student Representative Council.

The University Council operates at the apex of the University Structure and is responsible for the university's strategic direction and key policies. My goal in serving the students of the University is to promote student participation in governance, particularly in the election process, feedback and input onto the University Council and the handover process between elected members within the University Structure.

I’m also the Club Convenor for the University of Newcastle Poker Club, and our goals for the Club are to assist with the reinvigoration of our campuses and to serve our students and communities by providing fun and inclusive poker events whilst promoting local charities; through events such as Charity Trivia Nights and Paint and Sip Nights. So, if you’re interested in grassroots Clubs focussed on giving back to our community, get in contact with us!

When not at Uni, I like to play doubles tennis with my sister, and paint (to varying degrees of success); particularly landscapes though hopefully, I can produce a recognisable portrait at some point. Failing all else, I enjoy a good book and am currently reading Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit and am looking for some recommendations, so please let me know!

I’m looking forward to a year serving the students of the University of Newcastle. I hope to assist UNSA and the University in reinvigorating our campuses after a year disrupted by COVID-19. Whilst simultaneously providing an effective and holistic representation of the students on the University Council.