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 2023-2024

  • Wednesday 1 November 2023
  • Wednesday 24 January 2024
  • Wednesday 17 April 2024
  • Wednesday 26 June 2024

Joint meeting of Senate and Council

  • Thursday 11 July 2024

Meeting minutes

Election to Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC) 2023-24 to 2025-26

Nominations are sought for one member of permanent academic staff who has a contract of employment commencing at least 20 working days prior to the call for nominations and whose contract extends to at least 31 July 2025.

The vacancy

Following the end of term of Professor Katharine Cockin as the Senate representative on Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC), nominations are invited from Senate for a representative to join AQSC for a period of 3 years (2023-24 to 2025-26).


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 27 September 2023. Nominations must reach by 5pm on that date.

Date of election

Should a ballot be necessary, ballot information will be sent by email on Thursday 28 September 2023 to those who are eligible to vote.

The date of election shall be Friday 13 October 2023.

Senate elected members

Current elected members of the Senate


  • Marcin Rudy – East 15


  • Professor Thankom Arun - Essex Business School
  • Dr Winifred Eboh - School of Health and Social Care
  • Dr Emily Jones - Essex Law School (1)
  • Dr Rick O’Gorman - Department of Psychology
  • Dr Róisín Ryan-Flood - Department of Sociology


  • Dr Hannah Gibson - Department of Language and Linguistics
  • Dr Raynee Gutting - Essex Pathways
  • Dr Laurie James-Hawkins - Department of Sociology
  • Dr Ruth Lowry - School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences


  • Dr Georgi Grahovski - School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (2)
  • Dr Brandon Reeder - School of Life Sciences (3)


  • Professor Fabian Freyenhagen - School of Philosophical, Historical, and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Professor Timo Jütten - School of Philosophical, Historical, and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Dr Olayinka Lewis - Essex Law School
  • Dr Christoph Siemroth - Department of Economics
  • Professor Ting Xu - Essex Law School

(1) Appointed to Head of Department from August 2022

(2) Until 31 December 2022

(3) From 1 January 2023

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