Stand for election to the Senate

Elections are to be held for all thirty elected staff places on the University’s Senate. Are you interested in helping ensure that the University can maintain and improve academic standards?

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Are you interested in helping ensure that the University can maintain and improve academic standards, including, for example:

  • providing a high quality academic experience for all students?

  • delivering successful outcomes for all students?

  • awarding qualifications to students that will hold their value over time?

Following a Senate effectiveness review, Senate and Council have agreed changes to the composition of Senate, effective from 2019-20. Nominations are now sought for all the elected places on Senate for academic, teaching and research and professional staff (whether based in faculties or professional services).

Senate is the highest academic governing body in the University. It meets four times per year on a Wednesday afternoon in October, December, March and June. It is accountable to the Council for the assurance of academic quality and standards.

If you are employed by the University, and are in a role that is Grade 7 or above, then you can stand for election.

The deadline to send in your nomination form is 5pm on Wednesday 5 June 2019.

More information and download nomination form

Completed nomination forms should be sent to:

Returning Officer
c/o University Secretary’s Office
First Floor, Arts Tower
12 Bolsover Street

Senate’s role

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.

Since 1905, the composition of Senate was subject only to minor changes. A balance of ex officio and elected members was introduced in 1982-83 and, unlike many other chartered universities, Senate’s membership has remained broadly similar since. The reformed Senate retains elected members as an important element of its membership.

What has changed?

  • Reduced the size of Senate (from 163 to 84 members)
  • Introduced constituencies to the elected membership: academic, teaching and research staff will be elected by faculty and professional services staff to form a distinct constituency.
  • Expanded the eligibility criteria for election, to include Grade 7 staff (and above)

The new Senate composition can be downloaded from the Senate web page.


Academic, teaching and research staff:

The elected academic, teaching and research staff places on Senate are divided in number in proportion to the size of the academic electorate in each faculty. Allocated on this basis, the number of places on Senate in 2019-20 for elected academic members is: Arts & Humanities - two, Engineering - six, Extra Faculty - one, Medicine - five, Science - five, Social Sciences - seven. Total - 26

Professional staff:

The knowledge and expertise of professional staff can play an important part in Senate discharging its responsibilities for the academic quality and standards of the University. There are four elected professional staff places on Senate.

What’s next?

The terms of all existing members of Senate will expire at the end of the 2018-19 academic year. New members will be appointed or elected based on the new constitution to take office at the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

The Senate elections will be held in June. All members of staff eligible to vote will be sent an email with a link to the online voting system and the elections will be publicised again via the website.

Some differentiation is needed in the initial terms (one, two and three years) to create phasing for future succession. Initial terms will be allocated, in thirds, based on the number of votes received, so that those with the least votes have shorter terms, and come up for re-election first. This is the process used by local government in similar ‘all out’ elections.

Further information

Read more about Senate

If you have any questions, please contact the University Secretary’s Office on email or telephone:

Matthew Borland x21202
Kathryn Clements x21716
David Swinn x21213