Senate is the senior forum for academic staff to shape academic strategy, as well as scrutinise plans and raise issues of major strategic importance to the University. It meets formally three times a year, in November, March and July, with a joint meeting taking place with the University Council in May. Senate's powers and constitution can be found in the University’s Ordinances.

Typically,  its agendas include a report by the Vice-Chancellor, Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellors, as well as reports from the Dean of Postgraduate Research and the Academic Dean for Students. Agendas also include discussion on key items of university business and strategy. Senate also receives for information reports from the two Faculty Boards as well as updates from Senate Committees responsible for Health and Safety and Ethics.

Chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Senate's membership is comprised of the Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellors, Faculty Deans, Pro Vice-Chancellors, Associate Deans, Heads of Department and elected members of the academic community. Students are represented by members of the FXU and Students' Guild.

Dates of Meetings in 2017/18

  • 08 November 2017
  • 14 March 2018
  • 23 May 2018 - Joint Senate and Council meeting
  • 27 June 2018

About Senate

Who we are


Health and Safety Committee

Health and Safety Committee is a committee of the University that reports to both Council and Senate. Click here to see an organisation chart showing the Committee Structure (pdf).