Committee Secretariat 

Committee Secretary and University Secretary : Ian Callaghan, email 

Interim Director of Governance & Assurance, Minutes Secretary: Rob Bloomer, email 

Governance Administrator : Rebecca Phillips, email


Below you can find information on The Senate Committee's Membership and Terms of Reference. 

MEMBERSHIP 2023/2024

The Vice-Chancellor - Professor David Maguire 

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor - To be confirmed 

The Pro-Vice-Chancellors of Faculty - Professor Sarah Barrow (2024), Professor Charles ffrench-Constant (2026), Professor Paul Dobson (Interim PVC-SSF) and Professor Mark Searcey (31.03.2024)

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Professor Emma Sutton (31.12.2023)

Four Heads of Schools (One from each Faculty)

HUM - Professor Kim Ridealgh (2025),  FMH – Professor Kenda Crozier (Interim) ; SCI - Professor Nick Le Brun (2025); SSF- Professor Christine Cocker (2025) 

Sixteen Academic Representatives (Four from each Faculty with one of the four from the Professoriate and one at Lecturer grade)

HUM - Professor Christine Clarke (2025), Dr Oren Margolis (2024), Two vacancies 

FMH –  Professor Morag Faruhar (2025), Dr Felix Naughton (2024), Dr Mark Curtis (2025), One vacancy 

SCI -  Dr Tom Haynes (2025), Professor Grant Wheeler (2025), Two vacancies 

SSF - Professor Olga Tregaskis (2025), Dr Gareth Edwards (2025), Two vacancies 

The Librarian - Mr Nick Lewis 

Director of Student Services - Dr Jon Sharp 

Principal of Norwich City College - Mr Jerry White 

Three representatives from the Union of UEA Students

Activities and Campaigns Officer of the Union of UEA Students - Luke Johnson (2024) 

Postgraduate Education Officer of the Union of UEA Students - Elise Page (2024) 

Welfare, Community and Diversity Officer of the Union of UEA Students - Nathan Wyatt (2024)


Ian Callaghan (Official Secretary) (Chief Resource Officer and University Secretary)

Rob Bloomer (Minutes)


Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellors may attend and have the right to debate, but not to vote.

  • Education and Curriculum (Professor Eloise Ellis)

  • Student Inclusion (Professor Helena Gillespie)

  • Recruitment (Professor Charles Seger)

  • Learning and Teaching Enhancement (Professor Kay Yeoman)

  • UEA Doctoral College (Professor Samuel Fountain)

  • Employability and Opportunities (Dr Matt Aldrich)

  • Partnerships and Apprenticeships (Professor Zoe Butterfint)

  • Global (Professor Eylem Atakav)

  • Research (Professor Brian Reid) 

  • Innovation (Dr Nicola Hancock)

  • Civic (Ben LIttle / Johanna Forster - Joint Role) 

These Terms of Reference are made under the provision of paragraph 3, Ordinance 3.

Terms of Reference

3. The Senate shall act always in the best interests of the University as a whole and within the strategies and financial plans approved by the Council. It shall:

3.1 regulate all teaching and courses of study offered by the University;

3.2 regulate the admission of persons to courses of study;

3.3 regulate all University examinations and appoint examiners whether internal or external;

3.4 regulate the conditions qualifying for the award of degrees and other educational awards conferred by the University;

3.5. in the name of the University or jointly or in conjunction or collaboration with another institution or institutions award degrees and other educational awards to persons who have pursued a course of study approved by the Senate and who have passed examinations and other forms of assessment under conditions laid down in regulations, or are otherwise qualified to receive them;

3.6. grant honorary degrees, the title of emeritus professor or other University distinctions;

3.7 revoke any degree, educational award or other distinction conferred by the University (including honorary awards) where the holder has been subsequently found to be in breach of the requirements for conferment of the award, or whose actions render them unfit to be a member or graduate of the University;

3.8 regulate the use of academic dress in the University;

3.9 approve regulations for the conduct of students and disciplinary procedures and penalties relating to students;

3.10 ensure appropriate provision is made to promote the welfare of students;

3.11 nominate, where required to do so, persons to serve on Council;

3.12 determine the formalities which should attach to the conferment of degrees and other distinctions (subject to Ordinance 2);

3.13 review at least annually the academic performance (in teaching, research, innovation and engagement) of the University and the standing of the University both nationally and internationally, judged against strategies approved by Council;

3.14 identify and advise the Executive Team on such actions as may be necessary or desirable to:

a) meet the aims and objectives of strategies approved by Council and generally to:

b) further raise the quality of the student experience and the achievements and potential of students of the University; and

c) further raise the performance of the University in terms of the quality and the reputation of its research; and

d) ensure that the extent of regulation and the administrative services which support teaching, research, enterprise and engagement, promote efficiency and coherence of operation across the University, and avoid unnecessary complexity;

3.15 make, add to, amend or revoke such regulations as are considered necessary relating to Senate’s exercise of its powers and functions;

3.16 where requested appoint representatives to other bodies of an academic nature;

3.17 generally, exercise such powers as may be conferred on Senate by the Charter or Statutes;

3.18 meet at least three times per year

Senate – November 2022 update

Senate is the University’s most senior academic committee and meets three times per year.  It is chaired by the Vice Chancellor and has as members, the Provost, the Pro Vice Chancellors (Student Experience & Education and Research & Innovation) the four Faculty Pro Vice Chancellors, five representatives from each Faculty plus the Director of Student Services, the Library Director, an external representative and three student representatives. Its role and purpose are set out in the University’s Charter and Ordinances

Senate has a key role in assuring the quality and standards of University degrees and oversees the academic performance of the University.

Senate met on 2nd November 2022 and considered the University’s performance 

  • in recruitment and admissions

  • in the OfS Student outcomes data

  • in the 2022 National Student Survey

  • in recent University comparative league tables

  • in maintaining the quality and standards of degrees

  • with activities undertaken to support and strength understanding and application of research integrity issues

Senate also approved 

  • a student drug and alcohol policy

  • a domestic abuse policy

  • a plan for the Review of Senate effectiveness taking place 2022/23

  • the agenda plan for 2022/23

  • updates to the Open Access Policy

  • updates to the research data management policy and guidance

  • updates to the guidelines on good practice in research

  • the continuation of the piloted governance changes around LTC and SEC

and noted

  • the completed external Review of Council Effectiveness and  changes to the Ordinances affecting Senate and governance changes arising from this

  • the preparations being made to participate in the 2023 Teaching Excellence Framework exercise

  • updates on a number of key strategic projects

  • the 2021/22 annual report from Senate to Council

  • reports from both the Learning and Teaching Committee and Student Experience Committee


The agenda, minutes and non- confidential papers are available on the Senate webpage where you can also find the current membership and Terms of Reference. For more information about any particular item please speak to one of your Faculty representatives if based in a Faculty or Director if you are based in a Service.

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