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University Committees

Academic Electoral Assembly

Academic Electoral Assembly Open Meetings 2016-17

Vice-Chancellor's presentation to the Academic Electoral Assembly, 22 June 2017

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart Corbridge will deliver a presentation to the Academic Electoral Assembly on Thursday 22 June, 3pm in the Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre. The Vice-Chancellor will provide a reflection on 2016-17 in terms of the development and implementation of the University Strategy and opportunities for the Assembly to contribute to, and support the implementation of the Academic Strategy, particularly the Education, Research and Wider Student Experience Strategies.

All staff are welcome to attend. For further details please contact

Previous Open Meetings

Impressions of Durham and the Education Strategy – Presentation to Academic Electoral Assembly, 31 March 2017

Professor Alan Houston (PVC Education) will present to the Assembly and reflect on his first term at the University and the priorities of the Education Strategy.

The Assembly meeting will take place at 1pm in the Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, Durham University Law School, 31 March 2017. All members of staff are welcome to attend.

For further details regarding this meeting, and future meetings of the AEA please sign up to the AEA e-mailing by sending an e-mail message to with the line subscribe aea-assembly-2016 or send and e-mail to to request that you are added.

Teaching Excellence Framework – Presentation to Academic Electoral Assembly, 17 February 2017

44 members of staff attended the presentation upon the Teaching Execllence Framework. The points raised in discussion informed a report of the meeting which March 2017 Senate will discuss, and is available to download


2017 Elections to Senate and Academic Electoral Assembly Standing Committee

Thank you to those staff who participated in the 2017 Elections to Senate and the Academic Electoral Assembly Standing Committee. 13 candidates stood for election to the 6 vacancies upon Senate and the AEA Standing Committee. Staff engagement with the election was the highest on record, with 539 first preference votes being cast. The following candidates were elected and will serve a three year term upon Senate:

  • Jens Funke
  • Alan Kenwright
  • Kristin "Fire" Kovarovic
  • Boguslaw Obara
  • Thomas Renstrom
  • Marek Szablewski

The Academic Electoral Assembly (AEA) consists of all members of staff performing academic or academic-related roles (normally taken to mean staff on Grade 7 or above)*, with the exception of ex officio members of Senate, together with the Senior Tutor (or one Tutor of equivalent rank) from each of the Recognised Colleges or Licensed Halls of Residence.

* All members of staff, however, are very welcome to attend general discussion meetings. Formal items of business, if there are any, will be conducted at the end of the meeting, at which time non-AEA members will be invited to leave.

New Chair of the Academic Electoral Assembly

Peter Swift, Vice Master of Grey College and Teaching Fellow in Physics has been elected Chair of the Academic Electoral Assembly (AEA) by the AEA Standing Committee following its 8 September meeting. Peter replaces Laura Todd who has stood down as Chair. Standing Committee recorded its warmest thanks to Laura for her 18 months service as Chair of the AEA. Laura’s term as Chair witnessed a record number of candidates standing and voter participation during the 2016 election to the Standing Committee and to Senate.