About us


University of Essex


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 56 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, which came into effect on 1 August 2007.

Meetings of Senate 2016-17

  • Wednesday 2 November 2016 - 14:00
  • Wednesday 25 January 2017 - 14:00
  • Wednesday 26 April 2017 - 14:00
  • Wednesday 5 July 2017 - 14:00

Meeting minutes

Members of Senate

Committees of Senate

Senate Elections

Notice of Senate Election summer term 2017

Senate Election to the membership of Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC) 2016-2019 (3 year term) - Result

A Senate election to the membership of AQSC took place in the Autumn term 2016.

Senate Election to the membership of Honorary Degrees and Honorary Fellowships Committee(HDHFC) 2016-2019 (3 year term)

An election to the membership of the HDHFC took place in the Spring term 2017.

Useful information

Summary of academic policy decisions

The Academic Section produces a termly Summary of academic policy decisions. This includes policy decisions taken by Education Committee, Academic Quality and Standards Committee and Senate in the relevant term.

More information about committees

Contact details

Senate enquiries

Emma Hardy

Director of Academic Services

University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ

Telephone 01206 872989

Email senate@essex.ac.uk