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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 2018-19

  • Wednesday 31 October 2018
  • Wednesday 23 January 2019
  • Wednesday 1 May 2019
  • Wednesday 3 July 2019

Meeting minutes

Outcome of election of academic staff to Senate 2019-20 to 2022-23 (4 year term)

Nominations by members of the academic staff were invited for the election of seven members of the permanent academic staff to membership of the Senate for the period 2019-20 to 2022-23 (4 year term). The procedure for the election of members of academic staff to the Senate is set out in Ordinance 17 (.pdf).

There were seven vacancies and the deadline for nominations was 5pm on Tuesday 19 March 2019.

Six nominations were received by the deadline and the following members of academic staff were appointed unopposed:

Professor Edward Codling

Dr Clotilde Pegorier

Professor Katharine Cockin

Dr Stevphen Shukaitis

Fiona Elsted

Dr Rossella Argenziano

A second round of nominations will now take place to fill the seventh vacancy.

Current elected members of the Senate


  • Dr Timo Jütten - Philosophy and Art History(1)
  • Dr Karen Brennan - Law
  • Professor Edward Codling - Mathematical Sciences
  • Professor Roderick Main - Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Studies
  • Dr Stevphen Shukaitis - Essex Business School
  • Professor Maria Fasli - Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
  • Dr Chris Main - East 15 Acting School(2)

2015–19 (Appointed under Ordinance 18)

  • Dr Ilaria Boncori (1.11.15) - Essex Pathways
  • Professor Gianluigi Vernasca (1.5.16) - Economics


  • Professor Joan Busfield - Sociology
  • Professor Monika Schmid - Language and Linguistics(3)


  • Professor John Bartle - Government
  • Dr Nicolas Geeraert - Psychology
  • Dr Helge Gillmeister - Psychology
  • Dr Antonio Marco - Biological Sciences  
  • Professor Peter Patrick - Language and Linguistics(4)


  • Dr Louise Beard - Biological Sciences
  • Dr Matt Lodder - Philosophy and Art History

2018–22 (Appointed under Ordinance 18)

  • Dr Chris Green - Health and Social Care (5)


  1. Appointed as Head of School of Philosophy and Art History
  2. Appointed as Director of East 15 Acting School
  3. Appointed as Head of Language and Linguistics
  4. Appointed from May 2018
  5. Appointed from April 2019

    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).

    Nine of the current elected members of Senate will remain in office in 2019-20; six in non-professorial posts, three in a Professorship.

    Electors must, at the date of the election, be members of the academic staff. Should a ballot be necessary, ballot information will be sent by email on Wednesday 10 April 2019 to all those who are eligible to vote.

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

    The vacancies

    The vacancies arose following the completion of term of Dr Karen Brennan, Professor Edward Codling, Professor Roderick Main, Dr Stevphen Shukaitis, Professor Maria Fasli, Dr Ilaria Boncori and Professor Gianluigi Vernasca.

    Nominations for second ballot

    Two nominations were received by the deadline. You can vote for one of the following candidates:

    • Dr Ramiro Silveira
    • Professor Theodore Konstdinides


    To cast your vote, please visit and enter your unique vote code.

    If you have any queries in relation to this election, please contact or if you are experiencing difficulties voting online, please contact the Mi-Voice Support Team as follows:


    T: 0845 241 41 48

    Date of Election

    Ballot papers must be completed online, by no later than noon on Thursday 25 April 2019.


    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