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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 2014/15



Document Submission Date
Tuesday 14 October 2014 at 2.30 pm Penthouse A&B, Collingwood College Thursday 2 October 2014 10.00 am
Tuesday 9 December 2014 at 2.30 pm Lindisfarne Centre, St. Aidan's College Thursday 27 November 2014 10.00 am
Tuesday 17 February 2015 at 2.30 pm Penthouse A&B, Collingwood College Thursday 5 February 2015 10.00 am
Tuesday 24 March 2015 at 9 am (Academic Strategy Workshop) Durham University Business School n/a
Friday 27 March 2015 at 9.00 am (Special Meeting) Hogan Lovells, Durham Law School n/a
Tuesday 21 April 2015 at 2.30 pm Durham University Business School Tuesday 9 April 2015 10.00 am
Tuesday 16 June 2015 at 2.30 pm Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, Law School Thursday 4 June 2015 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 2014/15

Please contact  Kate Deeming or Deborah English 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.