Senate Chambers, Northcote House

ESMI researcher and University Senator gives a quick guide of Senate

Congratulations to Felix Gradinger for being elected as Senator to represent the academic staff of the Medical School.  Here is his quick guide about how the Senate and the University Management Structures work.

'Senate is the senior forum for academic staff to shape academic strategy, as well as scrutinise plans and raise issues of major strategic importance to the University. It meets three times a year and its powers and constitution can be found in the University’s Ordinances.’  In practice, and as far as I can gather, it mainly acts as a what the Vice-Chancellor calls a ‘sounding board’ for himself and his Chief Executive Group members (who chair the meetings). It also works through various committees, and all the proceedings are transparent in minutes and actions on the Senate web pages.

Felix intends to give updates and offer feedback loops for ESMI regularly around scheduled senate meetings (18.03.15, 20.05. 2015 - Joint Senate and Council meeting, 01.07.15), and engage via discussion forums and hopes to do so also at the regular team meetings. Please also feel free to raise any issues directly to Felix on 6124 or

For more information about how Senate and University Management Structures work, please see Felix’s complete quick guide.