All of powers of the Court in relation to the University's academic work and standards are delegated to the Senate. The Senate is responsible for the regulation and promotion of learning and teaching, research, knowledge exchange, and scholarship at the University.


The normal start time for Senate meetings is now 09:30 (UK time).

Wednesday 21 September 2022
Monday 31 October 2022
Thursday 26 January 2023
Wednesday 26 April 2023
Thursday 15 June 2023


The Principal and Vice-Chancellor (Chair of the Senate)
The Vice-Principal and Provost (Vice-Chair of the Senate)
The Deputy Principals

The Vice-Principals and Provosts (Dubai and Malaysia)
The Deans
The Heads of Primary Academic Units
The Chairs of Senate Committees *
The Chairs of Joint Court and Senate Committees *
Members of the Academic Staff elected from each Primary Academic Unit
Eight Student members

* if members of academic staff

See the members of the Senate in 2021/22

See the members of the Senate in 2020/21

Powers and Functions

The powers and functions of the Senate are described in the University's Statutes (Statute Five, paragraph two) and include:

  • To regulate the admission of persons to the University and to programmes of study;
  • To regulate and conduct examinations and assessments;
  • To authorise the granting of degrees (including honorary degrees), diplomas, certificates, and other awards;
  • To provide oversight of academic-related library and information services for staff and students;
  • To make recommendations to the Court on the establishment of Primary Academic Units or other similar bodies and to make recommendations as to their organisation, constitution, and functions;
  • To regulate the discipline of the students;
  • To prescribe the academic dress to be worn by the various officers and members of the University and the occasions on which it shall be worn;
  • To establish Committees (to which some powers can be delegated); and
  • To take such other action or do other such things as the Court may authorise.

Please see the Senate Statement of Primary Responsibilities and Delegations

You can also view the Standing Orders of the Senate and information on honorary, visiting and emeritus titles.


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Mark Hamid