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 2022/23 (PDF, 130kB).

Senate Secretary

Committees of Senate

Several committees report into Senate: 


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 2022/23

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Senate meets in accordance with its Standing orders (PDF, 891kB).

  • Monday 10 October 2022, 2pm
    (Paper deadline 27 September 2022)
  • Monday 12 December 2022, 2pm
    (Paper deadline 29 November 2022)
  • Monday 6 February 2023, 2pm
    (Paper deadline 24 January 2023)
  • Monday 24 April 2023, 2pm
    (Paper deadline 6 April 2023)
  • Monday 19 June 2023, 2pm
    (Paper deadline 6 June 2023)

Agendas and minutes

Download agendas and minutes from previous Senate meetings. 


  • Agenda, 19 June 2023 (TO FOLLOW)
  • Minutes, 19 June 2023 (TO FOLLOW)
  • Agenda, 24 April 2023 (TO FOLLOW)
  • Minutes, 24 April 2023 (TO FOLLOW)
  • Agenda, 6 February 2023 (TO FOLLOW)
  • Minutes, 6 February 2023 (TO FOLLOW)
  • Agenda, 12 December 2022 (TO FOLLOW)
  • Minutes, 12 December 2022 (TO FOLLOW)
  • Agenda, 10 October 2022 (PDF, 131kB)
  • Minutes, 10 October 2022 (TO FOLLOW)





University staff can download the papers from previous Senate meetings.  

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