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University Committees

Elections to Committees

These pages display information on University Elections to Council, Senate and associated Committees for the coming academic year.

Nomination Form




Please note that there will be no elections to Council due to forthcoming amendments to its composition and membership.


The Council is the governing body of the University and is responsible for its strategic direction and overall governance. Council’s primary responsibilities can be found at:

and its formal powers are set out in University Statute XIII:

The membership of Council is drawn from lay members external to the University (the majority), members of staff and students. It is chaired by the Senior Pro-Chancellor, Sir Peter Bonfield.

Further details of the expectations of the role can be found at: duties_staffJun15.docx


The Senate is responsible for regulating and directing the academic work of the University in teaching, research and the academic aspects of enterprise. It is established within the University’s Royal Charter together with the University’s ultimate governing body, the Council. Its formal powers are set out in University Statute XIV

and it has the right to comment to Council on the academic aspects of any matter of University business. As the senior academic body of the University, Senate is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor.
The membership of Senate is drawn from the academic staff (‘Research Teaching and Enterprise’ and ‘Specialist and Supporting Academic Research’ job families) and students of the University together with the University Librarian. Each School is entitled to elect a number of its members of academic staff to serve for a three year term on Senate. Although elected by the School, it is important to note that their role is not to represent the School on Senate but to act in the interests of the University as a whole. Senate has recently approved a role description for its members and this will be found here:

Senate usually meets 4 times a year on a Wednesday morning and members are expected to attend an induction session and the majority of meetings.




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