Function and responsibilities
Senate is the academic authority responsible for the maintenance of academic quality and standards. According to the City's Royal Charter, Senate has delegated authority from the Council to provide guidance and advice on academic matters as required. Among its many duties are to regulate the approval of all educational programmes as well as develop and approve related policies and procedures. It also approves the academic calendar and regulations for student discipline. It finally regulates validation and other academic partnerships with other third parties for example, the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
It has overall a vital role in ensuring that the City's academic reputation is maintained and that the institution continuously seeks to improve the quality of its education and research by reviewing best practice and innovation.
The structure of Senate and its sub-committees can be found in Ordinance K.1.
Senate comprises 38 members and its diverse composition is intended to ensure that a wide range of views are represented in a forum for healthy debate. Just over the half membership is elected by the academic staff and at least two members will be elected from each of the Board of Studies areas. The balance comprises ex-officio members, Chairs of Senate Committees, Academic members of the Executive and up to five student members. The student members include the President of the Students' Union, the Vice-President Education, the Vice-President Activities & Development. The other two students are nominated by the Trustee Board ensuring that the student members include at least one undergraduate, one postgraduate taught and one postgraduate research student.
Senate draws its membership from the City's staff and students, which means there are no independent members. There is however an open invitation for independent members of Council to attend Senate meetings.
The Chair and delegation of Powers
The President chairs Senate as the City's senior academic officer in order to ensure academic quality and standards. The College Secretary acts as Committee Secretary. In addition, Senate delegates some decisions and monitoring to sub-committees, especially Boards of Studies, and to the President who in turn can delegate to senior staff. The approvals required for each of Senate's decision-making powers is set out in Regulation 27.
Staff and students are encouraged to get involved with Senate by standing for election or becoming involved in Senate's sub-committees especially Boards of Studies. Student representatives actively help to improve the student experience.
Anyone in the City community who has a concern in respect of academic quality and standards may wish to discuss it with their line manager, staff/student representative or a member of Senate who can advise on the best way of progressing the matter.
You can also view Agendas, papers and minutes of Senate meetings.
Finally, Senate has the authority to approve the appointment of Honorary Visiting Professorships (HVPs). HVPs are unpaid appointments that need to be approved by Board of Studies before they come to Senate for final approval. Please contact the Governance Team if you require the HVP form.
The current membership of Senate is listed below
|President (Chair)||Professor Sir Paul Curran|
|Vice-President (Strategy & Planning) (Deputy Chair)||Professor Richard Verrall|
|Deputy President||Professor David Bolton|
|Vice-President (Research & Enterprise)||Professor Andrew Jones|
|Vice-President (International) and Chair of Board of Studies in Health Sciences||Professor Stanton Newman|
|Chair of Board of Studies in Arts & Social Sciences||Professor Laurence Solkin|
|Chair of Board of Studies in Business Studies||Professor Marianne Lewis|
|Chair of Board of Studies in Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering||Professor Roger Crouch|
|Chair of Board of Studies in Law||Professor Carl Stychin|
|Chair of Board of Studies in Learning Development||Dr Pam Parker|
|Chair of Academic Governance Committee||Professor Richard Verrall|
|Chair of Research Ethics Committee||Professor Ron Douglas|
|Chair of Validation & Institutional Partnerships Committee||Professor Steve Stanton|
|Director of Student & Academic Services||Ms Susannah Marsden|
|Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering||Dr Arti Agrawal|
|Health Sciences||Ms Julie Attenborough|
|Business||Professor Charles Baden-Fuller|
|Law||Professor Susan Blake|
|Arts & Social Sciences||Professor Mireia Jofre-Bonet|
|Arts & Social Sciences||Dr Rachel Cohen (Senior Elected Senator)|
|Health Sciences||Dr Chris Flood|
|Business||Professor Anthony Neuberger|
|Busines||Dr Amanda Goodall|
|Health Sciences||Professor Chris Hull|
|Arts & Social Sciences||Professor Giulia Iori|
|Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering||Dr Anton Cox|
|Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering||Professor Abdulnaser Sayma|
|Law||Mr Keith Simpson|
|Law||Mr Sarwan Singh|
|Visiting Academic Staff||Mr Peter Woodward|
|President of the Students' Union||Mr Yusuf Ahmad|
|Vice-President, Education, of the Students' Union||Mr Zain Ismail|
|Vice-President, Activities & Development, of the Students' Union||Mr Sheikh Hassan|
|Postgraduate Taught Student Representative||Ms Laura Thompson|
Senate's sub-committees are as follows:
- Six Boards of Studies
- Arts & Social Sciences
- Business Studies
- Health Studies
- Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
- Academic Governance Committee
- Validation and Institutional Partnerships Committee
- Assessment Boards
- Research Ethics Committee