The Vice-Chancellor (Chair)
Professor Stuart Croft
Professor Christine Ennew
|Professor Christopher Hughes
Professor Simon Swain
Professor Pam Thomas
The Chairs of the Boards of the Faculties:
Science, Engineering and Medicine
|Professor Penny Roberts
Professor Michael Shipman
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||Professor Louise Gracia|
Twenty-four members of the academic staff, appointed by the Boards of the Faculties:
|Arts (7 members)||
Professor Dan Branch (History) (2019)
|Science, Engineering and Medicine (10 members)||Dr Dave Britnell (School of Engineering) (2019)
Dr David Davies (Warwick Medical School) (2021)
Professor Claire Davis (Warwick Manufacturing Group) (2019)
Professor Lorenzo Frigerio (School of Life Sciences) (2021)
Professor Robin Goodwin (Psychology) (2020)
Professor Frances Griffiths (Warwick Medical School) (2019)
Professor Sudhesh Kumar (Warwick Medical School) (2020)
Professor Ranko Lazic (Computer Science) (2021)
Professor Lesley Roberts (Warwick Medical School) (2020)
Professor Mike Ward (Chemistry) (2020)
|Social Sciences (7 members)||Kate Ireland (Centre for Teacher Education) (2021)
Professor Virinder Kalra (Sociology) (2021)
Professor Geoff Lindsay (Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research) (2020)
Professor Andrew Lockett (Warwick Business School) (2019)
Professor Celia Lury (Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies) (Until January 2019)
Professor Vanessa Munro (School of Law) (2021)
Professor Jeremy Smith (Economics) (2020)
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 (Centre for Applied Linguistics) (2020)
|The President of the Students' Union||Liam Jackson (2019)|
|Two registered students of the University elected by registered students of the University||Larissa Kennedy (2019)
Ellie King (2019)
The year after a member’s name indicates that their term of office expires on 31 July of that year.
Secretary to the Senate
Rachel Sandby-Thomas, Registrar
In accordance with Statute 16:
The Senate shall be the supreme academic authority of the University and shall, subject to the powers reserved to the Council by these Statutes, take such measures and act in such a manner as shall appear to it best calculated to promote the academic work of the University both in teaching and research and for the regulation and superintendence of the education and discipline of the students of the University. The Senate shall, subject to the Charter and these Statutes, in addition to all other powers vested in it, have the following powers:
(1) To regulate and control, after considering the views of the Boards of the Faculties, 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 of persons to courses of study and their continuance therein.
(3) To recommend to the Council the establishment of Faculties, and to recommend to the Council after consultation with the Boards of the Faculties the establishment of Sub-Faculties and of Departments.
(4) To appoint members of the Senate to be members of the Council as provided for under Statute 12.
(5) To appoint jointly with the Council the Chancellor as provided for in Statute 3.
(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 Senior Lecturers, Lecturers and other persons of the academic staff whose appointment is not provided for elsewhere in these Statutes.
(11) To recommend to the Council the granting of the status of a Teacher of the University, under the title of Recognised Teacher.
(12) To grant Honorary Degrees, the title of Emeritus Professor or other University distinctions.
(13) To regulate all University examinations and to appoint examiners, whether internal or external.
(14) To prescribe the requirements of the University for matriculation.
(15) To recommend the institution of Degrees.
(16) To grant Degrees and other academic distinctions to persons who shall have pursued in the University a course of study approved by the Senate and shall have passed the examinations of the University under the conditions laid down in the Regulations.
(17) 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.
(18) To grant Degrees, Diplomas, Licences, Certificates and other academic distinctions to persons who shall 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.
(19) 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.
(20) 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.
(21) To determine what formalities shall attach to the conferment of Degrees and other distinctions.
(22) To revoke any Degrees or other distinctions conferred by the University, and all privileges connected therewith if the holder thereof has been convicted of a crime for which that person has been sentenced to imprisonment and the Senate considers that such crime is one which renders that person unfit to be a member or graduate of the University.
(23) To advise the Council on the allocation of resources for teaching and research.
(24) To advise the Council on priorities for new buildings and on the long-term development plan of the University.
(25) To be responsible for the general administration of the University Library.
(26) To recommend to the Council the institution of Fellowships, Scholarships, Studentships, Prizes and other aids to study and research.
(27) To supervise the extra-mural work of the University.
(28) To make recommendations to the Council on any matter of interest to the University.
(29) To regulate the use of academic dress in the University.
(30) To regulate the discipline of the University and to determine in what manner disciplinary powers shall be exercised.
(31) To expel any student guilty of grave misconduct after giving that student an opportunity to appear personally and to be heard.
(32) To make recommendations to the Council concerning the constitution of the Union of Students and on any other matter relating to supervising organisations of students.
(33) To make recommendations to the Council concerning the welfare of the students of the University.
(34) To express an opinion on any matter or thing pertinent to the University and its affairs.
(35) Generally to exercise all such powers as are or may be conferred on the Senate by the Charter and these Statutes including the power to make Regulations, subject to the provisions of Statute 29, in the exercise of the powers hereinbefore expressly set out in this Statute and of all other the 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: Roberta Wooldridge Smith, Deputy Academic Registrar
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 its 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.
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 17 October 2018.