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University Committees


Senate is the University's supreme governing body in all academic matters. Subject to the powers of Council, Senate's role is to promote, oversee and regulate the teaching and research work of the University. Senate is also an academic governance and regulatory body, having responsibility for decision making on particular academic matters, a debating forum for key academic issues and a forum for information gathering and dissemination. 

Senate meeting dates and venues: academic year 2016/17



Document Submission Date
Tuesday 18 October 2016 at 1.30 pm St. Aidan's College (Lindisfarne Centre) Thursday 6 October 2016 10.00 am
Tuesday 29 November 2016 at 1.30 pm Collingwood College (Penthouse) Thursday 17 November 2016 10.00 am
Tuesday 17 January 2017 at 1.30 pm St. Aidan's College (Lindisfarne Centre) Thursday 5 January 2017 10.00 am
Tuesday 14 March 2017 at 1.30 pm St. Aidan's College (Lindisfarne Centre) Thursday 2 March 2017 10.00 am

Senate and Council Event: Tuesday 18 April 2017 at 1pm (Joint Senate and Council) (not a formal meeting)

Tuesday 2 May 2017 at 1.30 pm Durham University Business School (Rm 403) Thursday 20 April 2017 10.00 am
Tuesday 20 June 2017 at 1.30 pm Durham Law School (Hogan Lovells) Thursday 8 June 2017 10.00 am

The deadline for the receipt of documents for items to be included on the agenda for meetings of Senate are set out above. Please follow the link below for information on the latest University Executive Committee (UEC) business meetings to which items must be submitted in order to be considered for inclusion on the Senate agenda:

Committee Scheduling Dates 2016/17.

The pages which follow outline what Senate does, who its members are and the key role played by Senate within the University.

Please contact Jennifer Sewel or Kate Deeming if you wish an item to be included on the agenda for a Senate meeting.

Senate minutes

The most recent minutes of Senate meetings can be found here. Minutes earlier than 1 August 2009 (where published) can be obtained from the University Secretary. However, enquirers who are external to the University may be asked to submit a formal request for consideration under the Freedom of Information Act and charges may apply.