The Vice-Chancellor (Chair)
Professor Stuart Croft
Professor Christine Ennew
The Pro-Vice-Chancellors/Academic Vice President
Professor Christopher Hughes
The Chairs of the Boards of the Faculties:
Science, Engineering and Medicine
|Professor Penny Roberts
Professor Caroline Meyer
Professor Matthew Nudds
The holders of such other posts, including persons charged with the welfare of students, as the Senate may from time to time determine:
|The Chair of the Board of Graduate Studies||Professor Colin Sparrow|
|The Dean of Students||Dr Rebecca Freeman|
Twenty-four members of the academic staff, appointed by the Boards of the Faculties:
|Arts (7 members)||
Professor Katherine Astbury (School of Modern Languages and Cultures) (2022)
|Science, Engineering and Medicine (10 members)||
Dr David Davies (Warwick Medical School) (2021)
|Social Sciences (7 members)||
Professor Kate Ireland (Centre for Teacher Education) (2021)
Six members appointed by the Assembly of whom: four should be academic staff, and two should be professional services staff. Not more than two of the academic staff members appointed by the Assembly should be Professors, however any serving academic representative of the Assembly promoted to Professor during their term of office will be able to complete their full term.
Professor Jo Angouri (2020)
|The President of the Students' Union||Ben Newsham (2020)|
|Two registered students of the University elected by registered students of the University||Chloe Batten (2020)
Alice Churm (2020)
The year after a member’s name indicates that their term of office expires on 31 July of that year.
Director of Education Policy and Quality (Assistant Secretary)
Education Projects and Academic Governance Officer
Group Finance Director
Secretary to the Council
In accordance with Statute 8 (Powers of the Senate):
(1) The Senate will be the supreme academic authority of the University.
(2) Subject to the powers reserved to the Council by these Statutes, the Senate will take such measures and act in such a manner as appears to it best calculated to:
(a) promote the academic work of the University, both in teaching and research;
(b) regulate the education and discipline of the students of the University.
(3) The powers, duties and functions of the Senate will be set out in Ordinance.
(4) Subject to the Charter and these Statutes, the Senate may delegate any of its powers, duties and functions to a committee, or to any person or body.
In accordance with Ordinance 5 (The Senate: Powers of the Senate):
The Senate will, subject to the Charter and the Statutes, in addition to all other powers vested in it, have the following powers, duties and functions:
(1) To regulate and control, after considering the views of the Faculty Boards, all teaching, courses of study and the conditions qualifying for admission to the various titles, degrees and other distinctions offered by the University.
(2) To regulate the admission and progression of persons to courses of study.
(3) To recommend to the Council the establishment of Faculties; and to recommend to the Council after consultation with the Faculty Boards the establishment of Departments.
(4) To appoint members of the Senate to be members of the Council as provided for under Statute 5.
(5) To appoint jointly with the Council the Chancellor as provided for in Article 5.
(6) To recommend to the Council the establishment of new academic posts in the University.
(7) To advise and make recommendations to the Council on matters affecting the appointment, duties and conditions of service of all members of the Academic Staff.
(8) To review from time to time the duties and conditions of service of all members of the Academic Staff.
(9) To recommend to the Council the appointment of the Professors, Readers and the Librarian of the University.
(10) To recommend to the Council the appointment of Associate Professors, Assistant Professors and other persons of the Academic Staff whose appointment is not provided for elsewhere in the Statutes.
(11) To grant Honorary Degrees, the title of Emeritus Professor or other University distinctions.
(12) To regulate all University examinations and to appoint examiners, whether internal or external.
(13) To prescribe the requirements of the University for matriculation.
(14) To recommend the establishment of degrees.
(15) To grant degrees and other academic distinctions to persons who have pursued in the University a course of study approved by the Senate and have passed the examinations of the University under the conditions laid down in the Regulations.
(16) To grant diplomas, licences or certificates to persons who have pursued a course of study approved by the Senate under conditions laid down by it.
(17) To grant degrees, diplomas, licences, certificates and other academic distinctions to persons who have pursued a course of study offered by the University in conjunction with another institution, the joint course of study having been approved by the Senate under conditions laid down by it.
(18) To accept such examinations and periods of study at such universities and places of learning as the Senate may approve as equivalent to such examinations and periods of study in the University as the Senate may determine.
(19) To accept courses of study in any other institution which in the opinion of the Senate possesses the means of affording the proper instruction for such courses of study in the University as the Senate may determine.
(20) To define what formalities will determine the conferment of degrees and other distinctions.
(21) To revoke any degrees or other distinctions conferred by the University, and all privileges connected with them for good cause.
(22) To advise the Council on the allocation of resources for teaching and research.
(23) To advise the Council on priorities for new buildings and on the long-term development plan of the University.
(24) To be responsible for the general administration of the University Library.
(25) To recommend to the Council the institution of Fellowships, Scholarships, Studentships, Prizes and other aids to study and research.
(26) To supervise the extra-mural work of the University.
(27) To make recommendations to the Council on any matter of interest to the University.
(28) To regulate the use of academic dress in the University.
(29) To regulate the discipline of the University and to determine in what manner disciplinary powers shall be exercised.
(30) To make recommendations to the Council concerning the constitution of the Students’ Union and on any other matter relating to supervising organisations of students.
(31) To make recommendations to the Council concerning the welfare of the students of the University.
(32) To express an opinion on any matter or thing pertinent to the University and its affairs.
(33) Generally to exercise all such powers as are or may be conferred on the Senate by the Charter and the Statutes and the Ordinances including the power to make Regulations, in the exercise of those powers of the Senate.
The following Boards and Committees report to Senate both directly and via the Education Committee:
Academic Quality and Standards Committee
Board of the Faculty of Arts
Board of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine
Board of the Faculty of Social Sciences
Board of Graduate Studies
Student Learning Experience and Engagement Committee
Widening Participation Committee
Click here to see a diagrammatic representation of the Committee Structure.
Secretary and Clerk to the Senate: Rachel Sandby-Thomas, Registrar
(PA Wendy Taylor)
Assistant Secretary: Maureen McLaughlin Director of Education Policy & Quality
Correspondence should be sent to senate at warwick dot ac dot uk
The Secretary should be notified of items of business for the Senate three and a half weeks in advance of a meeting (timetable for submission of papers to the Senate in 2018/19). Senate business is considered by the Senate Steering Committee at its meeting ten days in advance of the meeting of the Senate.
Papers to Senate should be supplied with a cover sheet . The 'General' report template should be used for all reports other than onward Committee reporting. The 'Committee Reporting' report template should be used for onward Committee reporting. These templates have been revised for the 2019/20 academic year.
Dates of meetings of the Senate can be found within the University Committee Timetable.
The Standing Orders of the Senate were approved at the meeting of the Senate held on 2 October 2019.