Senate is the senior forum for academic staff to shape academic strategy, as well as examine plans and raise issues of importance to the University.

Senate's powers and constitution can be found in the University's Ordinances.

Current members

Membership of Senate is made up of ex officio members whose role at the University means they sit on Senate, elected members from academic staff, and student members. The secretary is Simon Wright, Academic Registrar.

NameRoleEnd of current term of office
 Professor Colin RiordanChair: The Vice-Chancellor31/08/2019
 Professor Karen HolfordThe Deputy Vice-Chancellor31/03/2020
Professor Rudolf AllemannPro Vice-Chancellor31/07/2020
Professor Gary BaxterPro Vice-Chancellor31/08/2020
Professor Damian Walford DaviesPro Vice-Chancellor31/07/2021
Professor Amanda CoffeyPro Vice-Chancellor31/08/2019
Professor Nora De LeeuwPro Vice-Chancellor31/07/2021
Professor Kim GrahamPro Vice-Chancellor31/08/2021
Dr Zbig SobiesierskiDirector of Continuing and Professional Education 
Professor Chris TweedHead of School, Architecture31/12/2018
Professor Jim MurrayHead of School, Biosciences31/01/2020
Professor Rachel AshworthHead of School, Business31/07/2023
Professor Damien Murphy Head of School, Chemistry 31/07/2022
Dr Stuart Allen Head of School, Computer Science and Informatics31/08/2020 
Professor Alastair SloanHead of School, Dentistry31/07/2022
Professor Ian HallHead of School, Earth and Ocean Sciences17/08/2019
Professor Katie Gramich (Acting)Head of School, English, Communications and Philosophy31/07/2019
Professor Sam Evans Head of School, Engineering30/04/2021 
Professor Paul MilbourneHead of School, Geography and Planning28/01/2021
Professor David WhitakerHead of School, Healthcare Sciences27/09/2020
Professor James HegartyHead of School, History, Archaeology and Religion31/08/2023
Professor Stuart AllanHead of School, Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies31/07/2020
Professor René LindstädtHead of School, Law and Politics31/07/2021
Professor Tim PhillipsHead of School, Mathematics30/11/2021
Professor Siladitya BhattacharyaHead of School, Medicine 
Professor Rachael LangfordHead of School, Modern Languages31/07/2021
Professor Kenneth HamiltonHead of School, Music31/07/2021
Professor Marcela VotrubaHead of School, Optometry and Vision Sciences31/12/2018
Professor Mark GumbletonHead of School, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 
Professor Matt GriffinHead of School, Physics and Astronomy31/12/2018
Professor Petroc SumnerHead of School, Psychology31/07/2020
Dr Thomas Hall Head of School, Social Sciences 
Professor Dylan Foster EvansHead of School, Welsh31/07/2022
Janet PetersThe University Librarian

Fifteen professors elected by and from the Professors of the University

NameSchoolEnd of current term of office
Professor Ian KnightArchitecture31/07/2019
Professor Trevor DaleBiosciences31/07/2020
Professor Victoria WassBusiness31/07/2019
Professor Paul RosinComputer Science and Informatics31/07/2019
Professor Ceri SullivanEnglish, Communication and Philosophy31/07/2020
Professor Alan KwanEngineering31/07/2020
Professor Marysia ZalewskiLaw and Politics31/07/2019
Professor Nicolas DirrMaths31/07/2020
Professor John O'ConnellMusic31/07/2020
Professor Ian WeeksMedicine31/07/2019
Professor Keith MeekOptometry and Vision Sciences31/07/2020
Professor James BirchallPharmacy31/07/2019
Professor Marc BuehnerPsychology31/07/2020
Professor Mary HeimannHistory, Archaeology and Religion31/07/2020
plus 1 vacancy 

Twenty-five members elected by and from the academic staff of the Schools:

NameSchoolEnd of current term of office
Dr Wassim JabiArchitecture31/07/2020
Dr Jo PattersonArchitecture31/07/2020
Dr Kirsty RichardsonBiosciences31/07/2020
Dr Hannah ShawBiosciences31/07/2021
Dr Emma RichardsChemistry31/07/2019
Dr Jamie PlattsChemistry31/07/2019
Ms Claire VallanceCollege of Physical Sciences and Engineering31/07/2020
Dr Andreas BuerkiEnglish, Communication and Philosophy31/07/2020
Dr Josh RobinsonEnglish, Communication and Philosophy31/07/2019
Dr Rhys PullinEngineering31/07/2020
Kersty HobsonGeography and Planning31/07/2021
Dr Jane DaviesHealthcare Sciences31/07/2021
Dr Alexander HarmerHealthcare Sciences31/07/2019
Ms Leila HughesHistory, Archaeology and Religion31/07/2019
Mrs Sarah SaundersLaw and Politics31/07/2020
Dr Steve RileyMedicine31/07/2020
Athanasios HassoulasMedicine31/07/2021
Dr Ryan ProutModern Languages31/07/2019
Monika HennemannModern Languages31/07/2021
Dr Caroline RaeMusic31/07/2019
Dr Louise HughesPharmacy31/07/2019
Christoph TeufelPsychology31/07/2021
Dr Job van der SchalkPsychology31/07/2021
Ms Emmajane MiltonSocial Sciences31/07/2020
Alexandra WilliamsSocial Sciences31/07/2021

Five members elected by and from the academic staff of the Professional Services group:

Name Department End of current term of office
Karen CookeHuman Resources 31/07/2021
Martine Woodward Registry 31/07/2019
Freya Michaud Student Support and Wellbeing 31/07/2019
Ceri DaviesUniversity IT31/07/2020
Laura WilliamsResearch Innovation Services31/07/2020
NameEnd of current term of office
Fadhila Al Dhahouri30/06/2019
Jennifer Kent30/06/2019
Amr Alwishah30/06/2019
Jackie Yip30/06/2019
Henri Page30/06/2019
Jake Smith30/06/2019
Georgie Haynes30/06/2019