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, Chief Operating Officer, Registrar and University Secretary, Chief Financial Officer, Librarian, Bristol Students' Union Sabbatical Officers, and a number of elected staff and student representatives.

Download the Senate membership 2023/24 (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 2023/24

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Senate meets in accordance with its Standing orders (PDF, 174kB).

  • Monday 9 October 2023, 2pm
    (Paper deadline 26 September 2023)
  • Monday 4 December 2023, 2pm
    (Paper deadline 21 November 2023)
  • Monday 5 February 2024, 2pm
    (Paper deadline 23 January 2024)
  • Monday 22 April 2024, 2pm
    (Paper deadline 9 April 2024)
  • Monday 17 June 2024, 2pm
    (Paper deadline 4 June 2024)

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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