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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-Chancellor31/08/2023
Professor Karen HolfordThe Deputy Vice-Chancellor31/03/2023
Professor Rudolf AllemannPro Vice-Chancellor02/04/2023
Professor Gary BaxterPro Vice-Chancellor31/08/2020
Professor Damian Walford DaviesPro Vice-Chancellor31/07/2021
Claire MorganInterim Pro Vice-Chancellor30/10/2020
Professor Kim GrahamPro Vice-Chancellor31/08/2021
Dr Zbig SobiesierskiDirector of Continuing and Professional Education 
Professor Chris TweedHead of School, Architecture31/07/2021
Professor Jim MurrayHead of School, Biosciences30/04/2020
Professor Rachel AshworthHead of School, Business31/08/2023
Professor Damien Murphy Head of School, Chemistry 30/06/2022
Dr Stuart Allen Head of School, Computer Science and Informatics31/08/2020
Professor Barbara Chadwick
Professor Ivor Chestnutt
Acting Head of School, Dentistry31/07/2022
Professor Ian HallHead of School, Earth and Ocean Sciences17/08/2024
Professor Martin WillisHead of School, English, Communications and Philosophy20/01/2024
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 Sciences28/02/2023
Professor James HegartyHead of School, History, Archaeology and Religion31/08/2023
Professor Stuart AllanHead of School, Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies31/07/2020
Professor Urfan KhaliqHead of School, Law and Politics09/06/2022
Professor Tim PhillipsHead of School, Mathematics30/11/2021
Professor Stephen RileyHead of School, Medicine31/12/2025
Professor Kate GriffithsActing Head of School, Modern Languages31/08/2020
Professor Kenneth HamiltonHead of School, Music31/07/2021
Professor John WildHead of School, Optometry and Vision Sciences01/06/2021
Professor Mark GumbletonHead of School, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences31/08/2022
Professor Peter SmowtonHead of School, Physics and Astronomy30/11/2021
Professor Petroc SumnerHead of School, Psychology31/05/2020
Dr Thomas Hall Head of School, Social Sciences02/04/2022
Professor Dylan Foster EvansHead of School, Welsh31/07/2022
Tracey Stanley (Acting)The University Librarian

Fifteen professors elected by and from the Professors of the University.

NameSchoolEnd of current term of office
Professor Trevor DaleBiosciences31/07/2020
Professor Morgana ViannaDentistry31/07/2022
Professor Wolfgang MaierEarth and Ocean Sciences31/07/2022
Professor Ceri SullivanEnglish, Communication and Philosophy31/07/2020
Professor Alan KwanEngineering31/07/2020
Professor Ben HanniganHealthcare Sciences31/07/2022
Professor Nicolas DirrMaths31/07/2020
Professor Ian WeeksMedicine31/07/2022
Professor John O'ConnellMusic31/07/2020
Professor Keith MeekOptometry and Vision Sciences31/07/2020
Professor Marc BuehnerPsychology31/07/2020
Professor Mary HeimannHistory, Archaeology and Religion31/07/2020
plus 3 vacancies 

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 RichardsChemistry31/07/2022
Dr Jamie PlattsChemistry31/07/2022
Dr Catherine TeehanComputer Sciences and Informatics31/07/2022
Dr Andreas BuerkiEnglish, Communication and Philosophy31/07/2020
Dr Josh RobinsonEnglish, Communication and Philosophy31/07/2022
Dr Rhys PullinEngineering31/07/2020
Kersty HobsonGeography and Planning31/07/2021
Dr Jane DaviesHealthcare Sciences31/07/2021
Dr Alexander HarmerHealthcare Sciences31/07/2022
Dr Laurence TotelinHistory, Archaeology and Religion31/07/2020
Graham GetheridgeHistory, Archaeology and Religion31/07/2022
Mrs Sarah SaundersLaw and Politics31/07/2020
Dr Jonathan Ben-ArtziMaths31/07/2022
Dr Steve RileyMedicine31/07/2020
Dr Athanasios HassoulasMedicine31/07/2021
Joanne PagettModern Languages31/07/2022
Dr Monika HennemannModern Languages31/07/2021
Dr 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 Harvey-CookeHuman Resources 31/07/2021
Kelsey Coward Academic and Student Support Services 31/07/2022
Gail ThomasStrategic Planning and Governance31/07/2022
Ceri DaviesUniversity IT31/07/2020
Laura WilliamsResearch and Innovation Services31/07/2020
NameEnd of current term of office
Jackie Yip30/06/2020
Tomos Evans30/06/2020
Nick Fox30/06/2020
James Wareham30/06/2020
Shekina Ortom30/06/2020
Jude Pickett30/06/2020
Orla Tarn30/06/2020