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University Governance

Charter and Statutes

Statute XIV

The Senate

XIV. The Senate

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The Senate shall consist of the following persons, namely:

  1. Ex-officio Members
    1. The Vice-Chancellor.
    2. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
    3. The Pro-Vice-Chancellors.
    4. The Deans of the Schools.
    5. The Dean of the Graduate School.
    6. The Librarian.
    7. Any member of the Senate having been elected to the Council pursuant to Statute XIII paragraph 1(iii) whose membership of the Senate shall otherwise have ceased.
  2. Appointed Members
    1. Such number of members of the Academic Staff appointed by the School Deans, in accordance with paragraph 3(ii) of Ordinance XXX.
    2. Two students of the University appointed by the Students' Union Executive from within its own number; but if there be only one such person the other appointment shall be made from within the University members of the Students' Union Council and if there be no such persons both appointments shall be made from within the University members of the Students' Union Council.
  3. Elected Members
    1. Four members of the Academic Staff elected by the Academic and Academic-Related Staff members of the General Assembly.
    2. Such number of other members of the Academic Staff elected by each School from within their own number in accordance with paragraph 3(iii) of Ordinance XXX.
    3. Three University students, representing a range of subject areas, elected from and by the students involved in the academic representation structure of the Students’ Union, according to the processes established by the Students’ Union Council
    4. Ordinances shall prescribe the method of election of the Elected Members.
  4. Co-opted Members
    One member of the University co-opted by the Senate who shall normally be a member of the Academic Staff concerned with the Residential Halls.

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Subject to these Statutes, the periods during which the members of the Senate respectively shall hold office shall be as follows:

  1. Ex-officio Members shall hold office only so long as they continue to occupy the positions by virtue of which they became members;
  2. Appointed Members shall hold office for a period of one year and shall be eligible for re-appointment once only provided that the person is eligible for appointment in pursuance of paragraph 1(ii) of this Statute.
  3. Elected Members shall hold office for a period of three years and shall not be eligible for re-election until the expiration of one year from the end of their term of office; provided that the members elected by the General Assembly shall hold office for a period of three years and shall not be eligible for re-election until the expiration of one year from the end of their term of office and further provided that the members who are students shall hold office for one year and shall be eligible for re-election once only;
  4. Co-opted Members shall hold office for such period as the Senate may determine in each case.

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A casual vacancy among the Elected or Appointed Members of the Senate shall be filled as soon as conveniently possible by the body which elected or appointed the member whose place has become vacant.

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Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 2 of this Statute, any member of the Senate elected to the Council in accordance with the provisions of Statute XIII shall continue to be a member of the Senate until the end of his/her term of office as a member of the Council.

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The Senate shall exercise its functions in pursuance of paragraph 6(v), (vi), (vii), (viii), (ix), (x), and (xxiv) of this Statute at Special Meetings.

Appointed Members of the Senate and those elected pursuant to sub-paragraph 1(iii)(c) of this Statute shall not attend Special Meetings and shall not receive or have access to papers concerned with the business of such Special Meetings. The Vice-Chancellor may decide in any case of doubt whether a matter is one to which the foregoing sentence applies, and his/her decision shall be final.

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The Senate shall exercise full responsibility over the academic work of the University and shall, subject to these Statutes, take such measures and act in such a manner as shall appear to it best calculated to promote the academic work of the University both in teaching and research and for the regulation and superintendence of the education and discipline of the students of the University. Subject to the Charter and these Statutes, the Senate shall, in addition to all other powers vested in it, have the following functions:

  1. To regulate and control all teaching, courses of study and research and the conditions qualifying for admission to the various titles, degrees and other distinctions offered by the University.
  2. To regulate the admission of persons to courses of study or research.
  3. To elect members of the Council as provided for under Statute XIII.
  4. To review from time to time the duties of all members of the Academic Staff.
  5. To recommend to the Council the establishment of new academic posts in the University and if it thinks fit to recommend that any vacant post be not filled.

    1. To appoint Examiners whether internal or external.
    2. To regulate all University examinations.
  6. To terminate the studies of any student where the work of the student is found to be unsatisfactory.
  7. To confer Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates and grant other academic distinctions on and to persons who shall have pursued a course of study or research approved by the Senate, who shall have passed the examinations and satisfied any other conditions prescribed in the Ordinances or Regulations.
  8. To confer Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates and grant other academic distinctions in conjunction with other institutions on and to persons who shall have pursued a course of study and research approved by the Senate, who shall have passed the examinations and satisfied any other conditions prescribed in the Ordinances or Regulations, including dual and jont awards.
  9. To accept such examinations and periods of study or research at such Universities or other places as the Senate may determine as equivalent to such examinations and periods of study or research in the University as the Senate may determine.
  10. To accept courses of study or research in any other institution which in the opinion of the Senate possesses the means of affording the proper instruction for such courses as equivalent to such courses of study or research in the University as the Senate may determine.
  11. To determine what formalities shall attach to the conferment of Degrees and other distinctions.
  12. On what it shall deem to be good cause, to deprive persons of any Degrees or other distinctions conferred on them and to revoke any Diplomas, Certificates or other distinctions granted to them by the University and to withdraw all privileges connected therewith.
  13. To be responsible for the general administration of the University Library and other general academic services.
  14. To recommend to the Council the institution of Fellowships, Scholarships, Studentships, Exhibitions, Bursaries and Prizes and other aids to study and research.
  15. To prescribe, subject to any conditions made by the Founders and to any directions of the Council, the terms and conditions of competition for Fellowships, Scholarships, Studentships, Exhibitions, Bursaries and Prizes and to examine for and award the same.
  16. To supervise the extra-mural work of the University.
  17. To make recommendations to the Council on any matter of interest to the University.
  18. To regulate the use of academic dress in the University.
  19. To promote research within the University and to require reports from time to time on such research.
  20. To regulate the discipline of the University.
  21. To take such steps as it thinks proper for regulating organisations of Students.
  22. Subject to the provisions of Statute XXIV, to expel any Student who appears to the Senate after consideration of a report from a body established under Ordinance to have been guilty of grave misconduct.
  23. Except as otherwise provided, to appoint representatives of the University on other bodies.
  24. To report to the Council from time to time as to the expediency of the establishment and dissolution of organs of academic administration and to make recommendations as to their constitution and functions and the modification or revision thereof.
  25. To review, amend, refer back, control or disallow any act of any such organ of academic administration and to give directions to any such body.
  26. Generally to exercise all such powers as are or may be conferred on the Senate by the Charter and these Statutes including the power to make Regulations in the exercise of the powers expressly set out in this Statute and of all the other powers of the Senate.

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  1. The Senate may establish Committees, to which it may appoint members of the Senate and other persons, and may establish with the Council Joint Committees of the Council and the Senate to which the Council may appoint members of the Council and other persons, and the Senate may appoint members of the Senate and other persons. The Senate may delegate to any such Committee or Joint Committee any functions which it is itself competent to perform.
  2. The Senate may establish Joint Committees of the Senate and representatives of the Students' Union.
  3. The Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor shall be ex-officio members of all Committees of the Senate.

November 2014

Note: Amendments allowed by the Privy Council on 30 December 1974 and 7 April 1982 are embodied in the Statutes, and are indicated by *.

Modifications made by the University Commissioners and allowed by the Privy Council on 17 November 1992 are incorporated and are indicated by †.

Amendments allowed by the Privy Council on 14 December 1993, 24 April 1996, 3 September 1998, 10 August 1999, 27 July 2001, 31 October 2001, 8 May 2003, 20 August 2007 and 9 December 2009 are embodied in the Statutes, and are indicated by ¶, #, , $, ^, +, >, ~ and %.