Stand for election to the Senate

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Are you interested in helping assure 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?

The Senate is the highest academic governing body in the University. It meets four times a 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.

Standing for election

Nominations are now sought for the vacant elected places on Senate for academic, teaching and research, and professional staff (whether based in Professional Services, Faculties or elsewhere).

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

Applications need to be supported by a certifying colleague (from the same constituency, in Grade 7 or above1). Please ensure that the certifying colleague is in agreement to being your certifying colleague before submitting your nomination form.

The deadline to send in your nomination form is 12 noon on Friday 23 April 2021.

Download nomination form from Senate home page This also includes additional information for candidates.

Completed nomination forms should be emailed to and your certifying colleague should be copied in to the email (please see nomination form for more details).

1 Eligibility to stand for election, certify nominations and to vote is based on staff who are Grade 7 or above on the deadline for receipt of nominations, 12 noon on Friday 23 April 2021.

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 the 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 remained broadly similar since. Changes to the composition of the Senate were approved in 2019 and the reformed Senate retains elected members as an important element of its membership.


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.

The number of vacancies on Senate in 2021-22 for elected academic members is:

Faculty Vacancies for elected academic members
Arts & Humanities 2*
Engineering 1
Extra-Faculty2 0
Medicine 1
Science 2
Social Sciences 3

*One election will be held with the runner up being elected for a one-year term to a short-term vacancy that has arisen during the current academic session.

Extra-Faculty includes AMRC, AMRC-TC, DLL, ELTC and the NAMRC.

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 a total of four elected professional staff places on Senate, with one vacancy in 2021-22.

What’s next?

The Senate elections will be held in May. 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.

Successful candidates will usually be elected for a period of three years.

If you have any questions please contact the University Secretary’s Office by email to

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