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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;
  • 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.

Full details of the powers of Senate are contained in the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances of the University.

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:

John Marsh
Senior Governance Manager
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL