The Senate plays a key role in the governance of The University of Manchester. Subject to the authority of the Board, it acts as the University’s principal academic authority. Senate is responsible to the Board of Governors for the promotion of research, the regulation and monitoring of standards in teaching, and the regulation of discipline of students of the University.
Its main powers, as designated by Statute, are:
- To formulate and keep under review, in consultation with Faculties, the academic strategy of the University and to make such recommendations to the Board of Governors as needed for implementation
- To promote research, scholarship, learning and teaching
- To superintend and regulate the recruitment, selection, admission, education and assessment of the students of the University; to award degrees or other academic distinctions and to regulate the conduct, discipline and academic progress of the students
- To monitor and maintain academic standards, to monitor and enhance the quality of academic provision, and to approve new programmes of study
- To appoint the internal examiners of the University, and to recommend to the Board of Governors the appointment of the external examiners of the University
- To establish, modify or revise schemes for the academic structure and organisation of the University and to make such recommendations to the Board of Governors as needed for implementation
- To establish, modify or revise schemes for collaborative educational provision with external partner organisations and to make such recommendations to the Board of Governors as needed for implementation
- To discuss and declare an opinion on any matter whatsoever relating to the University (including proposals of the Board for the amendment of the Charter and the Statutes) , on reference from the Board or otherwise, and to transmit such opinion to the Board, who will consider and respond
- To do such other things as the Board or laws of the University may authorise.
Full details of the powers of Senate are contained in the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances of the University. In particular, please refer to Statute VII and Ordinance XXXI
Full details of the Standing Orders of Senate can be found here.
The role profile for Senate members can be found here.
Senate meeting dates and archived minutes
Meeting dates and archived minutes are now available at:
The template for papers to be submitted to Senate can be found here
Enquiries about Senate may be addressed to:
Senior Governance Manager