Senate is responsible to Council for teaching, examinations and research. No new academic award may be adopted by the University without Senate’s agreement. Senate advises Council on changes to ordinances and regulations, and academic ordinances may be made only with Senate’s consent.
Senate supervises faculties and makes recommendations to Council about academic posts and the structure of faculties, schools and departments. It advises Council as to the appointment or removal from office of the Vice-Chancellor, Pro Vice-Chancellors and academic staff. It recommends to Council the appointment of honorary and emeritus professors and the award of honorary fellowships and degrees. Senate has its own Standing Orders (PDF, 64.6kb).
It awards fellowships, scholarships and prizes. Senate regulates the admission of students to the University and makes regulations concerning student discipline. Senate may declare an opinion on any matter relating to the University and Council must take Senate’s views into consideration.
The meeting dates for 2012/13 are:
The meeting dates for 2013/14 are:
The minutes (and papers) of Senate meetings are available for download via the University of Bristol login (staff only).
The expression “vacation powers” refers to acts or decisions that would normally require the authority of Council or Senate but are made between meetings of either body, and particularly over the summer vacation. For Senate, these require the authority of the Vice-Chancellor (under powers authorised annually by Senate), or a Pro-Vice-Chancellor, acting in the absence of the Vice-Chancellor (under Statute 6). A copy of the Vacation Powers (PDF, 17.4kb) is available for download.
For access to some useful information for committee members, please visit our Committee Member Information pages.
Senate is serviced by:
Mr Hugh Martin (maternity cover until February 2014)
Head of Secretariat and Clerk to Council
Telephone: +44 (0)117 331 8085 (Internal: 18085)
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