Statutory Bodies and Committees


The Senate is responsible for regulating and directing the academic work of the University and is regarded as the supreme academic authority of the University. The membership and functions of Senate are laid down in Sections 18 and 19 of the Statutes.

If you would like further information about Senate, please contact Angela Pater, ext 3075.

Senate members

Terms of office expire on 31st July unless otherwise stated.

Membership 2017/18

a) Ex-Officio members

Name Position Term of Office
Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell President and Vice-Chancellor ex-officio
Professor B Morley Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost
Professor J Knight Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) 2023
Professor P Lambert Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) 30/06/2019
Professor J Bradshaw Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International and Doctoral)  30/01/2023
Professor N Brook Dean of Science 2021
Professor G Hawley Dean of Engineering and Design 2021
Professor D Galbreath Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences 2022
Professor V Hope Hailey Vice-President (Corporate Relations) and Dean & Head of School of Management 2023
Ms K Robinson Librarian ex-officio
Dr A Salo Chair of Academic Assembly 2018
Professor Bruce Rayton Chair Programmes and Partnerships Approval Committee 2019

(b) (i) Elected Members - Professors

Name   Term of Office
Professor J Barnett   2019
Professor S Bending   2020
Professor D Bird   2019
Professor A Bull   2018
Professor J H Davenport   2018
Professor R H Guy   2018
Professor C Jennison   2018
Professor G A McCusker   2019
Professor C Mitchell   2020
Professor G J Price   2019
Professor D Stanton Fraser   2020
Professor S Wonnacott   2019

(b) (ii) Elected Members - Academic Assembly

Name   Term of Office
Dr S Alegre
Dr M Carley   2018
Dr A Dinerstein   2020
Dr M Garcia   2020

Dr M Harney

Dr F Laughton   2020
Dr M McManus   2019
Dr E Murphy   2019
Dr L Milligan   2020
Dr J Troyer   2019
Dr D Wain   2019
Dr S Wharton   2018
Dr J White   2020


(c) Student Members

Name Position Term of Office
Mr B Davies President 2018
Miss C Page Education Officer 2018
Mr L Emery Postgraduate Officer
Mr J Kitchen Student elected by the Students' Union 2018

The following routinely observe at meetings of Senate:

Name Position  
Ms C Slack Students' Union Representation and Engagement Manager  
Mr A Lee Director of Computing Services  

The following Officers routinely attend meetings of Senate:

Name Position  
Dr J Harris Director of Academic Registry
Professor A Heath Academic Director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching  
Ms A Pater Head of Secretariat  

Terms of Reference

Approved by Privy Council in 1966, revised in 2000, and 2009.

The functions of the Senate are as follows:

19.1 To direct and regulate all instruction and teaching of the University, both internal and extra-mural and the examinations held by the University, subject to the powers of the Council as previously defined.

19.2 To promote research within the University and to require reports from time to time on such research.

19.3 To appoint members to the Joint Committees referred to in Sections 3 and 5 of these Statutes.

19.4 To appoint and elect members of the Senate to be members of the Court and the Council as provided for under Sections 13 and 16 of these Statutes.

19.5 To co-opt members of the Senate as provided for under Section 18 of these Statutes.

19.6 Jointly with the Council to consider and to report to the Council on persons suitable for appointment as Vice-Chancellor and Heads of Schools.

19.7 To nominate or recommend as the case may be to the Council persons for appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellors and University Librarian.

19.8 In accordance with Article 29 of the Charter, jointly with the Council to recommend Special Resolutions to the Court.

19.9 To report or to make recommendations to the Council in accordance with Article 23 of the Charter.

19.10 To make Regulations in accordance with Article 24 of the Charter.

19.11 To institute Degrees.

19.12 To institute Honorary Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates and other academic awards.

19.13 To regulate schemes of study and examinations leading to such degrees and other awards of the University.

19.14 To grant Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates and other academic awards to persons who shall have pursued a scheme of study or research approved by the Senate in a manner satisfactory to the Senate and shall have passed the examinations of the University or otherwise satisfied the examiners.

19.15 To grant Degrees to members of the Academic and other Staff of the University.

19.16 After consideration of the report of a Joint Committee of the Council and the Senate, to grant Honorary Degrees.

19.17 To confer the title of Professor Emeritus or Honorary Professor, Reader or Lecturer, or other such title.

19.18 On what the Senate deems to be good reasons in the exercise of its absolute discretion to recommend to the Council the names of persons who, in the opinion of the Senate, should be deprived of any Degrees, distinctions or titles, Diplomas or Certificates, conferred on or granted to them by the University, and from whom all privileges connected therewith should be withdrawn.

19.19 To prescribe conditions under which persons should be admitted to the University and to any particular scheme of study or research therein; and to determine by Regulations or otherwise, the conditions under which Students shall be permitted to continue their studies in the University.

19.20 To determine the conditions under which and the extent, if any, to which periods and courses of study and examinations passed at other Universities, places of learning and other institutions, may be regarded as equivalent to periods and courses of study and examinations in the University.

19.21 To recommend or report to the Council on any financial implications of the academic policy of the University, provided that no recommendation or report be made to the Council without taking into consideration any views expressed by the Boards of Studies of the Schools concerned.

19.22 To make recommendations to the Council to institute, combine or discontinue Schools, Departments, Institutes or other academic sections of the University.

19.23 To review from time to time the conditions of service and remuneration of all members of the Academic Staff and to make recommendations thereon to the Council.

19.24 To appoint internal and external examiners and to determine their conditions of appointment and service.

19.25 To institute, subject to any conditions acceptable to the Senate that might be made by the founders, Fellowships, Studentships, Scholarships, Exhibitions, Bursaries, Prizes and other such grants, for the encouragement of study and research; and to determine the times, modes and conditions of competition therefor and to award the same.

19.26 To formulate, modify or revise schemes for the organisation of Schools, Departments, Institutes, or other such academic sections of the University, and to review from time to time the working of such schemes.

19.27 To enquire into the teaching, research, staffing and general work of any School, Department or academic section of the University, and if the Senate so wishes, to report and make recommendations thereon to the Council.

19.28 To be responsible for the general administration of the University Library.

19.29 To supervise the extra-mural work of the University.

19.30 To prescribe the academic dress to be worn by the Officers and Members of the University, and the occasions on which it shall be worn; and to determine the form and conduct of all academic ceremonies.

19.31 To regulate and superintend the discipline of the Students of the University.

19.32 Subject to the provisions of Section 27 of these Statutes to expel any Student where Senate considers this appropriate.

19.33 To take such steps as it thinks fit to control organisations of the Students.

19.34 Except as otherwise provided, to appoint representatives of the University on other bodies.

19.35 To receive records and reports of the proceedings of Boards of Studies of Schools or Institutes, and to give directions to and consider recommendations from such Boards.

19.36 To review, amend, refer back to disallow any act of any Board, Committee or appointed body of any School, Department, Institute, or other such academic sections of the University.

19.37 To establish Joint Committees of the Senate and representatives of the Students' Union and to prescribe the method of appointment of such representatives and the functions of such Committees.

19.38 To report to the Council on any matters referred to the Senate by the Council.

19.39 To discuss, declare an opinion and make recommendations to the Council on any matter of interest to the University.

19.40 Generally to exercise all such functions as are or may be conferred on the Senate by the Charter, these Statutes or the Ordinances.

19.41 In accordance with Article 21 of the Charter, to recommend to the Council that it make Statutes which may amend, add to or repeal the Statutes for the time being in force.

19.42 Where a scheme of study provides for more than one academic award, to rescind any award that may have been made to a person who subsequently qualifies for a higher award within the same scheme of study.


19.43 To consider, to adjudicate upon, and, if thought fit, uphold academic appeals by students relating to (a) progression from one part of the programme of studies to the next; or (b) the outcome of examinations or formal course assessments; or (c) dissatisfaction of a student with the level of attainment where there exists new and relevant information concerning matters which might have affected that student's performance.

Procedural Rules

  • Procedure: Sections 18 and 19 of the Statutes, Ordinance 9, Standing Orders of Senate
  • Co-option: See Section 18.1(c) of Statutes and Standing Order 25
  • Alternates: See Senate Standing Order 26
  • Quorum: Governed by Section 28.1(iv) of the Statutes
  • Rules for voting: See Senate Standing Orders 9 and 10
  • Minutes: Submitted to Council
  • Appointment of Chair: Vice-Chancellor.

Deadlines for agenda items and papers 2017/18