University Senate

Firth Court and trees

There shall be a Senate of the University which shall, subject to the Statutes and the control and approval of the Council, oversee the teaching and research of the University and the admission and regulation of students.

University Charter, Article 5

The Senate is the academic authority of the University, whose role is to oversee the teaching and research of the University, be responsible for academic quality and standards and for the admission and regulation of students, subject to the overall control of Council.

It meets four times during each academic year, in October, December, March and June, normally in Firth Hall and on Wednesday afternoons.

Typically, its agendas include a presentation and report by the President & Vice-Chancellor, as well as discussion on key aspects of the reports of Senate committees, such as the Learning & Teaching Committee, Research & Innovation Committee and Research Ethics Committee. Senate also receives for information a report from Council and from the Council committees responsible for Finance, Estates, Human Resources and Health & Safety.

Chaired by the President & Vice-Chancellor, Senate's membership is drawn from within the University, and staff members include the two Vice-Presidents, five Vice-Presidents & Heads of Faculty, the Faculty Directors of Learning & Teaching and of Research & Innovation, nominated Heads of Departments and elected staff representatives. Students are represented by six students at least two of whom are Students' Union Officers.


Terms of reference (pdf)

Regulations (pdf)

Membership (pdf)


Committees of Senate

The full membership lists for the 2019-20 (pdf) and 2018-19 (pdf) academic years are available to download.

Members of staff on grades 7 and above who are not already members of Senate can seek membership through a nominations exercise conducted each year. There are 30 places. Those appointed serve for three years. Details of the nominations process are circulated by email to all staff and published on this page.