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Senate is the supreme academic authority of the University and is accountable to Council.

The role of Senate is to promote the academic work of the University both in teaching and research and regulate and supervise education and student discipline. It has 57 members, including Deans, heads of department and student representatives, and is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor.

The membership, functions and operations of the Senate are governed by Ordinances 13 - 19 (.pdf), which came into effect on 1 August 2007.

Meetings of Senate 2019-20

  • Wednesday 30 October 2019
  • Wednesday 22 January 2020
  • Wednesday 29 April 2020
  • Wednesday 24 June 2020

Meeting minutes

The membership of Senate

The membership of Senate is defined by Ordinance 13. There are 16 elected members, at least nine of whom must be in non-professorial posts at the time of election. The term of office of elected members of the Senate is four years and elected members may stand for consecutive terms (S.M.151/06).


Members of Senate are required to have completed all modules as set out in the Essential Training Policy for University Committee members.

Senate Election to the membership of Honorary Degrees and Honorary Fellowships Committee(HDHFC) 2019-2020 to 2021-2022 (3 year term)


Nominees must be a member of Senate and in the Faculties of Social Sciences or Humanities in the academic year 2019-20. 

Nomination forms must be signed by the nominee and by two electors, one of whom must be from a department/school different from that of the nominee. Nominees are requested to give a brief biography and statement in support of their nomination in not more than 350 words on the pro-forma on the second page of the nomination form.

The closing date for nominations is Monday 27 January 2020. Nominations must reach Louise Spanner, PA to the Academic Registrar, Academic Registrar’s Office (room 6.115), by 5pm on that date.


Ballot papers must be completed online, by no later than noon on Friday 14 February 2020.

Date of election

The date of the election shall be Friday 14 February 2020.

Successful candidates

The successful candidates will be required to complete all the Essential Training as set out in the Essential Training Policy for Committee Members prior to the first meeting taking place.

Each successful candidate will be required to submit a personal details from, equality and diversity monitoring form and a register of interest declaration upon appointment.

Summary of academic policy decisions

The Academic Section produces a termly summary of academic policy decisions. This includes policy decisions taken by Education Committee, Academic Quality and Standards Committee and Senate in the relevant term.

Get in touch
Emma Hardy  Director of Academic Services
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 872989