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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

Result of Senate Election 2018

Two nominations were received by the deadline at 5pm on Monday 12 February 2018.

  • Dr Louise Beard, School of Biological Sciences
  • Dr Matt Lodder, School of Philosophy and Art History

Therefore Dr Louise Beard and Dr Matt Lodder are duly appointed as elected members of academic staff to the membership of Senate for the period 2018-19 to 2021-22 (four-year term).

AQSC election

Election of a member of Senate to the Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC) 2017-18 to 2019-20.

Nominations were recently invited for the election of a member of Senate to the AQSC for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20. Two nominations were received. The election closed at noon on Wednesday 7 February 2018.

Twenty nine votes were counted.

  • Dr Nilufer Demirkan-Jones received 19 votes
  • Vikki-Jo Scott received 10 votes

Therefore Dr Nilufer Demirkan-Jones is duly elected to the Academic Quality and Standards Committee for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20. 

  • 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). 
  • Fifteen of the current elected members of Senate will remain in office in 2017-18; nine in non-professional posts and six in a Professorship.
  • 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


HDHFC election

Nominations were invited from the Faculty of Science and Health for a representative to join the Honorary Degrees and Honorary Fellowships Committee for a period of 3 years (2017-18 to 2019-2020).

  • As the sole nomination, Professor Ian Maynard has been elected unopposed and will serve on the Committee for three academic years 2017-18 to 2019-20

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.

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