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Role of the Senate and its Committees

Responsibility and powers of the Senate

The Senate is the supreme academic body and has responsibility for superintending and regulating teaching and discipline at the University. It also has the power to promote research. 

Specific duties of the Senate include the approval of the conferment of degrees by the University and approval of the conferment of emeritus status on retiring professors of the University.

Senate's role includes the following

  • Directing, regulating and promoting the teaching and research of the University
  • Discussing matters of strategic importance for learning, teaching and research development
  • Approving the award of degrees, including honorary degrees
  • Maintaining the quality and standards of the University's awards
  • Setting the academic regulatory framework
  • Regulating the conduct of students of the University
  • Setting the high level policy and strategy on the advice and recommendation of the Senate committees working within the strategic direction contained within the University's Strategic Plan approved by Court and its underlying strategies
  • Recommending or reporting to the Court as it may require
  • Reporting to the Court on any matter referred to the Senate by the Court
  • Making a request to Court for a Resolution
  • Commenting on draft Resolutions
  • Approving the conferment of emeritus status on retiring professors of the University
  • Communicating policies approved by Senate or Senate committees

Senate has delegated its authority to its four standing committees in an number of different areas which are covered in the standing committees' terms of reference

The Senatus Academicus Governance Handbook sets out the roles and functions of the Senate in detail and provides a useful reference for members: