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 2020-21

  • Wednesday 4 November 2020
  • Wednesday 27 January 2021
  • Wednesday 28 April 2021
  • Wednesday 30 June 2020

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).

Vacancies

Eleven of the current elected members of Senate will remain in office in 2021-22; seven in non-professorial posts, four 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 June 2021 to all those who are eligible to stand and vote.

The vacancies

The vacancies arise following the completion of term of Professor John Bartle, Dr Nicholas Geeraert, Dr Helge Gillmeister, Dr Antonio Marco and Professor Peter Patrick.

Senate election members

Current elected members of the Senate

2017-21

  • Professor John Bartle - Government
  • Dr Nicolas Geeraert - Psychology
  • Dr Helge Gillmeister - Psychology
  • Dr Antonio Marco - Biological Sciences
  • Professor Peter Patrick - Language and Linguistics (1)

2018-22

  • 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 (2)
  • 2019-23

    • Professor Rossella Argenziano - Economics
    • Professor Katharine Cockin - Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
    • Professor Edward Codling - Mathematical Sciences
    • Fiona Elsted - Essex Pathways
    • Professor Theodore Konstadinides - Law
    • Dr Clotilde Pegorier - Law
    • Dr Steven Shukaitis - Essex Business School

    2020-24

    • Marcin Rudy – East 15

    (1) Appointed from May 2018

    (2) Appointed from April 2019

Nomination

Nominations

Nomination forms (.docx) 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 must, at the date of the election, be full or part-time members of permanent academic staff. Please refer to Ordinance 17 for further information.

Deadline

The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 9 June 2021. Nominations must reach elections@essex.ac.uk, by 5pm on that date.

Date of Election

Electors must, at the date of the election, be full or part-time members of academic staff. Should a ballot be necessary, ballot information will be sent by email on Thursday 10 June 2021 to all those who are eligible to vote.

The date of the election shall be Friday 25 June 2021.

Successful candidates

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

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