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University Committees

Academic Electoral Assembly

Academic Electoral Assembly Open Meeting

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

The University’s submission to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was made on 26 January 2017. Andy Rennie, Head of the Academic Support Office will deliver a presentation upon the University’s submission, and TEF as a whole, to the Academic Electoral Assembly on 17 February 2017.

The Assembly meeting will take place at 1pm in the Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, Durham University Law School, 17 February 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.

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.

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.

Academic Electoral Assembly Standing Committee Election 2016


Candidates elected:

  • ALEXANDER, Catherine
  • AMOORE, Louise
  • BALOCCO, Claudio
  • SWIFT, Peter
  • TIDMARSH, Jill

Votes cast 419

Extracts from AEA Standing Orders

Any Academic Electoral Assembly member at the time of nomination may nominate as a candidate any person who will be a member of the Academic Electoral Assembly at the time the vacancy or vacancies in question arise. Nominations must be made with the consent of the person nominated and signed by the proposer and seconder who must, at the time of nomination, be members of the Academic Electoral Assembly.

Membership of the AEA

Members of the AEA are defined by Standing Orders: as all members of the academic staff (except those who are ex-officio members of the Senate) together with the Senior Tutor (or one Tutor of equivalent rank) from each of the Recognised Colleges or Licensed Halls of Residence. Members of the academic staff shall be deemed to include all those members of the staff of the University performing academic or academic-related roles, normally taken to mean staff on Grade 7 or above.

If, when the nomination period closes, there are more nominees than there are vacant positions on the Standing Committee, an election will be held.

If you have any queries about the nominations process, please contact