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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

Following a second round of elections held on Thursday 25 April 2019, Professor Theodore Konstadinides was elected.

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.

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