Senate

Promoting and regulating all academic matters

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About Senate

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 2017-18

  • Wednesday 1 November 2017
  • Wednesday 24 January 2018
  • Wednesday 25 April 2018
  • Wednesday 4 July 2018

Meeting minutes

Notice of Senate Election 2018

The Ballot

  • 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.
  • 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 Thursday 10 May 2018 to all those who are eligible to vote.

The Vacancy

The vacancy arises following the departure of Tracy Collier from the University.

Current elected members of the Senate

2015–18 (Appointed under Ordinance 18)

  • Dr Nilfuer Demirkan-Jones - Essex Pathways (1)
  • Sherrie Green(2)

2015-19

  • Dr Timo Jütten - Philosophy and Art History(3)
  • 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

2015–19 (Appointed under Ordinance 18)

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

2016-20

  • Professor Joan Busfield - Sociology
  • Professor Monika Schmid - Language and Linguistics(4)

2017–21

  • Professor John Bartle - Government
  • Dr Nicolas Geeraert - Psychology
  • Dr Helge Gillmeister - Psychology
  • Dr Antonio Marco - Biological Sciences  

2018–22

  • Dr Louise Beard - Biological Sciences
  • Dr Matt Lodder - Philosophy and Art History
  1. Appointed as Head of Essex Pathways Department
  2. Term on Senate finishes on 31 July 2018
  3. Appointed as Head of School of Philosophy and Art History
  4. Appointed as Head of Language and Linguistics

    Nominations

    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. Nominees for election to the Senate must be full or part-time members of the permanent academic staff.

    The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 9 May 2018. Nominations must reach Louise Spanner, PA to the Academic Registrar, Academic Registrar’s Office (room 6.115), by 5pm on that date.

    Deadline

    Ballot papers must be completed online, by no later than noon on Thursday 24 May 2018.

    Date of election

    The date of the election shall be Thursday 24 May 2018.

    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. 

    Notes
    • 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 elections@essex.ac.uk or if you are experiencing difficulties voting online, please contact the Mi-voice Support Team support@mi-voice.co.uk

     

    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.

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