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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 2015/16



Document Submission Date
Tuesday 20 October 2015 at 1.30 pm Lindisfarne Centre, St. Aidan's College Thursday 8 October 2015 10.00 am
Tuesday 15 December 2015 at 1.30 pm Durham University Business School Thursday 3 December 2015 10.00 am
Tuesday 23 February 2016 at 1.30 pm Durham University Business School Thursday 11 February 2016 10.00 am
Tuesday 26 April 2016 at 1.30 pm tbc Tuesday 14 April 2016 10.00 am
Tuesday 21 June 2016 at 1.30 pm Penthouse A&B, Collingwood College Thursday 9 June 2016 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 2015/16

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.

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