Senate oversees teaching and research at the University and makes academic regulations.

Responsibilities and terms of reference

Senate provides assurance to the Board of Trustees: 

  • for academic quality, standards and governance
  • that the University is meeting the Office for Students (OfS) conditions of registration in respect of quality and standards.

The primary responsibilities of Senate are set out in Ordinance 6.


There are over 100 members of Senate. Members include the Vice-Chancellor and President, Pro Vice-Chancellors, Deans, Heads of School, Registrar and University Secretary, Chief Operating Officer, Librarian, Bristol Students' Union Sabbatical Officers, and a number of elected staff and student representatives.

Download the Senate membership 2021/22 (PDF, 188kB).‌

Senate Secretary

Committees of Senate

Several committees report into Senate: 

Joint committees of the Board of Trustees and Senate

Committees report jointly to the Board of Trustees and Senate. 

Honorary Degrees Committee

The Honorary Degrees Committee recommends candidates for honorary degrees and honorary fellowships.


Staff, contact your faculty office about possible Senate vacancies. 

Students, contact the Students' Union Impact and Influence directorate to find out if there are any vacancies. Senate has 12 student representatives.

Meeting dates and paper submission deadlines

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Senate meets in accordance with its Standing orders (PDF, 166kB).

  • Monday 11 October 2021, 2pm
    (Paper deadline 28 September 2021)
  • Monday 13 December 2021, 2pm
    (Paper deadline 29 November 2021)
  • Monday 7 February 2022, 2pm
    (Paper deadline 25 January 2022)
  • Thursday 24 March 2022, 9:30am - additional meeting
  • Monday 25 April 2022, 2pm
    (Paper deadline 11 April 2022)
  • Monday 20 June 2022, 2pm
    (Paper deadline 7 June 2022)

Agendas and minutes

Download agendas and minutes from previous Senate meetings. 






University staff can download the papers from previous Senate meetings.  

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