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Senate and its Committees

About Senate

The Senate is the academic authority of the University. It is responsible for the ‘planning, co-ordination, development and supervision of the academic work of the University’ within the overall framework of corporate strategy and policy approved by the Council.

The primary duty of the Senate is to oversee the academic quality and standards of the University and to ensure that its academic activities, including mutually beneficial collaborations, flourish, develop and are enterprising in all aspects. The Senate has an important role in assuring the academic standards of its awards and the high quality of learning opportunities provided to students.

The Senate will sustain the University’s distinctive integration of learning and teaching, research and innovation and academic enterprise.

Senate Business

Senate’s terms of reference includes:

  • Assurance of the quality of learning opportunities, academic practice and the student experience and promote their enhancement.  
  • Development and promotion of research and innovation.  
  • Authorisation of the University’s regulations policies and procedures - these are published on the QEO website.  

Please see the Terms of Reference and Membership for Senate’s full remit

The University’s Scheme of Academic Governance includes the establishment and membership of Senate’s committees and the appropriate delegation of its authority.

A diagrammatic structure of Senate and its committees is available is here.

Standing Committees

Secretary to Senate

Alison Jones, email: or telephone: (0161 29)56836

Papers for consideration by the Committee must reach the Secretary at least two weeks in advance of the meeting at which they are to be considered.

Minutes of Meetings

Minutes of past Senate meetings are available for download here.

Senate Elections

University of Salford elections to Senate and its committees are administered by the Quality and Enhancement Office.  Information relating to specific elections to fill existing or imminent vacancies on Senate will be posted on this site as and when required and eligible electors will be notified by email in accordance with the approved Rules.

Current Elections for School Representation on Senate

Outcome of Summer Elections for 2019

Historic and current information will be listed here by academic year when it becomes available:

Outcome of Summer 2016 Elections

Outcome of Winter 2016 Elections

Outcome of 2017 Elections

Outcome of 2018  Elections

Dates of Senate meetings for academic year 2017/18

12 December 2017

14 March 2018

13 June 2018

Schedule of Meetings for Senate and its Standing Committees 2017/18 is available here

Senate dates are included in the University of Salford Almanac available to all staff.