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Durham University

University Committees

Academic Electoral Assembly

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.

Latest News

Extraordinary meeting of the Academic Electoral Assembly: Lecture Capture Policy

An extraordinary meeting of the Academic Electoral Assembly (AEA) has been called to discuss Lecture Capture policy and to propose changes of policy to Senate. All members of the AEA, which includes staff grade 7 or above performing an academic or academic-related role, are warmly invited to attend. The meeting will be held in D110 (Dawson Building, next to the Bill Bryson Library) at 1pm-2pm on Wednesday the 13th November 2019.

Motions passed at this meeting will result in the tabling of proposed amendments to policy at the Senate meeting of 26th November 2019. The meeting must be quorate (25 people) for this to happen.

The agenda and relevant documentation will be made available online below:

2019 Senate/AEA Election

555 first preference votes were cast in the 2019 election. The following candidates (alphabetical order) were elected:.Alton Horsfall, Dan Lawrence, Philippa Matthews, Janet Montgomery, Colm O’Cofaigh, Steve Robertson and Jun Jie Wu.

An analysis of trends in elections from 2008 to 2019 is available

May 2019 AEA Standing Committee - Lecture Capture Consultation response

The Standing Committee's response is available

March 2019 AEA Standing Committee Report

The report of the Standing Committee's actvity is available to download

Senate Periodic Review Working Group - Green Paper consultation

The AEA Standing Committee has submitted a response to the Working Group's consultation, and will contribute to discussion of the White Paper at May 2019 Senate.

Effectiveness Review of Boards of Studies - Green Paper consultation

The AEA Standing Committee submitted a response to the Effectiveness Review's Green Paper consultation. Along with other consultation responses, this informed the development of the Review's White Paper which was approved by Senate and Councul in February 2019

2018 Updates

Senate-AEA Election 2018

449 first preference votes were cast for 17 candidates during the 2018 election. The following candidates were elected: Roberta Aguzzoli, Beth Bromley, Duncan Connors, Hannah King, Jacquie Robson and Kay Schiller

June 2018

The AEA response to the Evidence Stage of the Effectiveness Review of Boards of Studies is available to download. The Effectiveness Review's Green Paper will be considered by June 2018 Senate, and the AEA Standing Committee will coordinate a response to its recommendations.

The following AEA papers and reports are available to view

  • The AEA Standing Committee's Michaelmas Term Report
  • The 2016-17 Academic Electoral Assembly Annual Report


Contact the Academic Electoral Assembly

To contact the AEA, please e-mail:

Co-Chair: Elizabeth Bromley

Co-Chair: 'Fire' Kovarovic

Secretary: Jeremy Diaper

Details of the membership of the AEA Standing Committee can be accessed here