Academic Services

Senatus Academicus

The Senatus Academicus (Senate) is the University's supreme academic body.

The core function of the Senate is to regulate and superintend the teaching and discipline of the University and to promote research. The Senate is chaired by the Principal & Vice-Chancellor.

The Senate meets three times a year.

Each meeting begins with a presentation and discussion section which is open to all members of staff.

The Senatus Academicus Governance Handbooksets out the role and functions of the Senate in detail and provides a useful reference for members.


Senate elections

Academic staff members of Senate elected in March 2020.

Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Act 2016

Changes to the composition of Senate from 1 August 2020

Agendas, papers and minutes

Committee agendas, papers and minutes for Senate.

Role of the Senate and its Committees

Responsibility and powers of the Senate.

Conduct of Senate Business

The operation of Senate and format of meetings.

Presentation and discussion

Senate presentation and discussions are open to all members of staff.


The composition of the Senate is set out in University Ordinance 204. The Ordinance is in force until 31 July 2020.

Dates of meetings

Meeting dates for academic session 2019/20 and 2020/21

Dr Kathryn Nicol

Academic Policy Officer

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Arlene Duffin

Administrative Assistant

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Senate Support Team

  • Academic Services

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