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The role of a Senate member and reasons to nominate yourself for election to Senate

This election is an opportunity for all members of the academic community to get involved with Senate and the role it plays within the University.

What is Senate?

The Senatus Academicus (Senate) is the University’s supreme academic body. Its core function is to oversee the learning, teaching and discipline of the University and to promote its research.

Senate is chaired by the Principal and Vice Chancellor and the membership includes academic and research staff, Heads of Schools, Heads of Colleges, Vice-Principals, Assistant Principals, and student representatives.

It holds three annual meetings at which it hosts presentation and discussion sessions on key strategic themes, open to all members of staff.

Why become a member of Senate?

Senate is a vital forum for consultation and communication, bringing together elected academic staff and student representatives and senior University leadership. Becoming a member of Senate is an opportunity to:

  • Make a key contribution to major University learning, teaching and research projects
  • Be part of the conversation on the academic direction and priorities of the University
  • Help to ensure that our University continues to deliver excellent teaching and research
  • Engage with the University’s long term strategy and play your part in its success.

Strategy 2030

Senate’s role includes:

  • Approving the award of degrees, including honorary degrees
  • Approving the conferment of Emeritus status on retiring professors
  • Maintaining the quality and standards of the University’s awards
  • Setting high level policy and strategy on the advice and recommendation of the Senate Standing Committees
  • Regulating the conduct of the students of the University
  • Making recommendations, requests and reports to the University Court
  • Receiving reports from a range of University-wide committees and groups

 Further information can be found on the Senate webpages.

Senatus Academicus

Senate Standing Committees

In order to effectively conduct the day to day business of Senate, some powers are delegated to three Senate Standing Committees: the Senate Education Committee, the Senate Academic Policy and Regulations Committee, and the Senate Quality Assurance Committee. The Standing Committees report to Senate annually.

The Standing Committee remits and membership can be found via the link below.

Senate Standing Committees