2020 applicants


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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
  • Tuesday 14 July 2020 (Joint Senate and Council Away Day)

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).

Outcome of Senate Election

The deadline for the nomination to the vacancy for the Membership of Senate closed on Friday 20 March at 5pm for one vacancy. One nomination was received by the deadline, therefore Marcin Rudy has been duly appointed to the membership of Senate from 2020-21 to 2023-24.

Successful candidates

Successful candidates will be required to complete all modules of the Essential Training Policy, prior to attendance at the first meeting of the academic year.

Senate Election to Membership of Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC) 2020-21 to 2022-23 (three year term)


The vacancy arises following the completion of term of Dr Nilufer Demirkan-Jones as the Senate representative on Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC).





AQSC is a sub-committee of the University's Education Committee and works to support the development and maintenance of the University's policies and procedures for assuring academic quality and standards, and enhancing academic quality and the student experience. It also plays a key role in approving new programmes of study. 


AQSC meets six times a year (two meetings are conducted virtually). The Committee's membership and full terms of reference are available on the Senate Committee's webpage (.pdf).


If you would like further information about the committee before submitting your nomination, please contact the Committee Manager Liza Laws via email: elaws@essex.ac.uk






Nominations are invited from Senate for a representative to join AQSC for a period of three years (2020-21 to 2022-23).


Nominees must be a member of Senate in the academic year 2020-21. A list of those eligible to stand for election and vote is available for download.


Nominations forms must be signed by the nominee and by two members of Senate, one of whom must be from a department different from that of the nominee.


Electronic signatures are preferred. Where an electronic signature is not possible, a separate original email confirmation from the nominator/seconder, will be accepted.


Nominees are requested to provide a brief biography and statement in support of their nomination, in no more than 350 words, on the pro forma on the second page of the nomination form.


The closing date for nominations is Thursday 9 June 2020. Nominations must reach Louise Spanner, PA and Executive Officer, Academic Registrar's Office (email: elections@essex.ac.uk, by 5pm on that date.



The election will be held from midday Monday 13 July 2020 to midday Thursday 30 July 2020. Should a ballot be necessary, ballot information will be sent by email to members of Senate on Monday 13 July 2020. Please note that there will be an electronic ballot only and no paper ballot will be held.


Further information

A member must stand down from membership of AQSC if they cease to be a member of the Senate.


Members of Senate should be able to attend meetings, induction and compulsory training events and meet the other requirements of AQSC membership.


Members are required to undertake the courses set out in the Essential Training Policy, prior to the commencement of the first meeting.


The membership of AQSC will be recorded on the successful candidate's iTrent HR record.



The dates for meetings of AQSC in 2020-21 are as follows:


Virtual Meetings
  4 September 2020     Paper circulation
 11 September 2020 Committee decision deadline
 11 December 2020 Paper circulation
 18 December 2020 Committee decision deadline


Main Meetings
21 October 2020   14:00-16:30
 3 February 2021  14:00-16.30
 17 March 2021  14:00-16:30
 26 May 2021  14:00-16:30





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

Nominations closed for the vacancy of a Senate representative from the Faculty of Social Sciences on Monday 24 February 2020, one nomination was received by the deadline, therefore Professor John Bartle is duly appointed.

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  Deputy Academic Registrar
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 872989