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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.


Equality and Diversity statement

City, University of London is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in all its activities, processes, and culture, under its Public Sector Equality Duties and the Equality Act 2010.  This includes promoting equality and diversity for all, irrespective of any protected characteristic, working pattern, family circumstance, socio-economic background, political belief or other irrelevant distinction.

Diverse membership of all committees is expected.  Wherever possible membership will consist of at least 30% women and 30% men and representation of other protected groups will be actively considered. Where this has not been met committees should be able to demonstrate what action has been taken to achieve this target.

Senate comprises 36 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.

Further information

The powers and composition of Senate are set out in the Ordinances, and if you would like a more detailed explanation of what Senate does, please see the document on the Role of Senate.

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

Ex-Officio Members
President (Chair) Professor Sir Paul Curran
Vice-President (Strategy and Planning) Professor Zoe Radnor
Vice-President (Research and Enterprise) Professor Andrew Jones
Chair of Academic Governance Committee Professor Andrew Jones
Chair of Educational Quality Committee    Professor David Bolton
Chair of Research Ethics Committee Dr Lorna Ryan (interim 2019/20)
Chair of Collaborative Provision Committee Professor Laurence Solkin    
Director of Student and Academic Services             Ms Susannah Marsden           
Chair of Board of Studies in Arts and Social Sciences Professor Miguel Mera (Interim)
Chair of Board of Studies in Business Studies              Professor Paolo Volpin         
Chair of Board of Studies in Health Sciences             Professor Debra Salmon           
Chair of Board of Studies in Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering Professor Rajkumar Roy
Chair of Board of Studies in Law Professor Andrew Stockley
Chair of Board of Studies in Learning Development Professor Susannah Quinsee           
Non Ex-Officio Members
Arts and Social Sciences Dr Deborah Rafalin
Arts and Social Sciences Professor Jean Chalaby
Arts and Social Sciences       Dr Rachel Cohen (Senior Elected Senator)
Arts and Social Sciences Dr Xeni Dassiou
Business          Professor Charles Baden-Fuller
Business Professor Elena Novelli      
Health Sciences Ms Alison Coutts
Health Sciences Dr David Flinton
Health Sciences  Ms Lucy Myers    
Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering Dr Anton Cox 
Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering Dr Richard Goodey
Law Professor Susan Blake
Law Mr Keith Simpson
Law Dr Mazen Masri
Visiting Academic Staff Mr Liam Devine
Student Members
President of the Students' Union                                                                                  Ms Tuna Kunt
Vice-President, Education, of the Students' Union Mr Saqlain Riaz
Vice-President, Community and Wellbeing of the Students' Union Ms Rania Salim
Postgraduate Taught Student Representative Ms Anne Onwusiri
Research Student Representative Mr Soheil Ahmadi

Senate's sub-committees are as follows:

  • Seven Boards of Studies
    • Arts and Social Sciences
    • Business Studies
    • Doctoral College
    • Health Studies
    • Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering
    • Law
    • LEaD
  • Academic Governance Committee
  • Educational Quality Committee
  • Collaborative Provision Committee
  • Assessment Boards
  • Research Ethics Committee
  • Research & Enterprise Committee (research issues only)