An Assembly Working Group, made up of academic and professional services staff, was formed in December 2016 to consider membership and remit of the University Assembly. The Assembly exists to enable the wider staff community to have a voice and be heard at the most senior governance levels, however, until now, the membership hasn’t included all staff.
The working group met on a regular basis between January and April 2017 to make recommendations for Senate to consider. The most notable recommendation for many will be that membership of the Assembly be extended to all staff employed on level 1-9 terms and conditions from the date of their employment. A number of other recommendations were also approved to be considered by the Assembly at their next meeting. Read the full recommendations in the report.
Senate accepted the report and all recommendations without amendment and in a positive spirit. The recommendations will now be discussed at the next meeting of the Assembly due to take place in the autumn term of 2017. The date will be shared with staff soon.
This work arose following the results from the last Pulse staff survey which showed that some staff felt there weren’t enough opportunities to speak up and challenge the way things are done at Warwick. As the Assembly exists to enable the wider staff community to have a voice and be heard at the most senior governance levels, it seemed timely to review its membership and remit.
Dr Jonathan Davies
Chair, Assembly Working Group
What is Assembly?
The Assembly exists as a discussion forum, offering staff an opportunity to debate key issues and giving them the ability, with the support of their colleagues, to call a meeting on a particular topic. Two of its key functions are:
i) To appoint to the membership of the Senate six members of the Assembly, of whom not more than two shall be professors
(ii) To make recommendations to the Council or the Senate on any matter whatsoever relating to the University and including any matters referred to it by the Council or the Senate
What is Senate?
The Senate is the highest academic authority of the University and works to ensure that teaching and research are supported and promoted in the most effective way.