Terms of reference

The functions of Senate are as follows:

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

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

To appoint members to the joint committees referred to in Sections 3 and 5 of these statutes.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

To make regulations in accordance with Article 24 of the Charter.

To institute Degrees.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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conferred on or granted to them by the university, and from whom all privileges connected therewith should be withdrawn.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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 therefore and to award the same.

To formulate, modify or revise scheme 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.

To inquire 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.

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

To supervise the extra-manual work of the university.

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.

To regulate and superintend the discipline of the Students of the university.

Subject to provision of Section 27 of these statutes to expel any Student where Senate considers this appropriate.

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

Except as otherwise provided, to appoint representatives of the university on other Bodies.

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.

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.

To establish Joint Committee 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.

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

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

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

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.

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

To consider, to adjust 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 students' performance.

Procedural Rules


See Sections 18 and 19 of the Statutes, Ordinance 9, Standing order of Senate.


See Section 18.1(c) of Statutes and Standing Order 25.


See Senate Standing Order 26.


The quorum is governed by Section 28.1(iv) of the Statutes.

Rules for Voting

See Senate Standing Orders 9 and 10.


Minutes are submitted to Council.

Appointment of Chair

The Chair of Senate is appointed by the Vice-Chancellor.

Scheme of Delegation

See Scheme of Delegation for Senate

Version information

Owner: Senate
Version number:
Approval Date: 1966, revised in 2000, and 2009
Approved By: Privy Council
Date of last review: 2009