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Part 2.6: The Constitution, Powers and Functions of the Senate


2.6.1  Constitution of the Senate

2.6.1.1 The Senate shall consist of the following:

Class 1 The Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive

Class 2 The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and the Pro-Vice-Chancellors

Class 3 The Executive Deans

Class 4 Representatives of the Professors from each School, elected by the Professors of that School, as follows:
Aston Business School 3
Aston Medical School 2
Engineering and Applied Science 3
Languages and Social Sciences 2
Life and Health Sciences 3
Class 5 Representatives of the non-professorial teaching and research staff from each School, elected by the members of that School, as follows:
Aston Business School 3
Aston Medical School 2
Engineering and Applied Science 3
Languages and Social Sciences 2
Life and Health Sciences 3
Class 6 One member for each seventy-five members of the Academic Assembly, to be elected by members of the Academic Assembly. For this purpose, if the number of members of the Academic Assembly is not an exact multiple of seventy-five, any remainder shall be treated as seventy-five.

Class 7 Such other members of the University as the Senate may from time to time determine, provided that their numbers shall not exceed one-eighth of the other membership of the Senate, and provided also that there shall be represented the persons charged with the welfare of students.

Class 8 The Executive Officers: Such Executive Officers as may be approved by Council on the recommendation of the Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive from time to time.

Class 9 Five students to include: the President, the Vice-President Education and the Vice-President Welfare of the Students’ Union, and one postgraduate student and one undergraduate student elected by the students of the University.

Class 10  One representative of the professional support staff elected by the professional support staff.

2.6.1.2 Staff members other than ex officio members shall hold office for a period of two years and shall be eligible for re-election.

2.6.1.3 Student members shall hold office for a period of one year and shall be eligible for re-election.


2.6.2 Powers and Functions of the Senate

2.6.2.1 Jointly with the Council, to nominate to the Convocation a candidate for appointment as Chancellor.

2.6.2.2 The Senate shall keep under regular review, in consultation with the Schools, all academic aspects of the University Strategy relating to learning and teaching, research, engagement with the community, industry and commerce, and the experience and well-being of its staff and students, and shall make such recommendations to the Council, as the Senate may from time to time consider necessary, for the Strategy's implementation.

2.6.2.3 The Senate shall award Degrees and other academic awards and distinctions to persons who have pursued a course of study approved by the Senate and have passed the examinations of the University or have otherwise satisfied the conditions laid down in the Regulations; and shall, on what the Senate deems to be good cause, deprive persons of any Degrees or other academic awards or distinctions awarded by the University.

2.6.2.4 The Senate shall make such Regulations as are necessary to fulfil its responsibilities under the Charter, the Statutes and this Ordinance, including those governing: admission to programmes and courses; assessment and examinations; academic appeals and student complaints; use of the Library, information and communication technologies and other teaching and learning resources; the conduct of student organisations (excluding the conduct of the Students' Union which is subject to specific regulation in Part 3 of these Ordinances); the award of Degrees and other distinctions and awards of the University; the appointment of External Examiners; the assessment and accreditation of prior learning; collaborative provision with external partner organisations; and the discipline of students.

2.6.2.5 The Senate, after reference to the Academic Assembly, shall make recommendations to the Council about Ordinances concerning academic matters and the discipline of students.

2.6.2.6 The Senate shall be consulted in relation to proposed changes to the duties, functions, and conditions of service of all members of the Academic Staff and make recommendations thereon to the Council.

2.6.2.7 The Senate shall appoint a member of the Senate to be a member of the Council in Class 3 as provided for under paragraph 1 of Section IV of the Statutes. Any such member shall normally be appointed to the Council for a period of two years from 1st August immediately following their election, provided that they hold membership of the Senate throughout that period.

2.6.2.8 The Senate shall monitor and maintain appropriate academic standards, monitor and endeavour to enhance the quality of academic provision, and approve new programmes.

2.6.2.9 The Senate shall appoint the internal examiners and external examiners of the University.

2.6.2.10 The Senate shall award Honorary Degrees, the title of Emeritus Professor and other University distinctions.

2.6.2.11 The Senate shall determine what formalities shall attach to the conferment of Degrees and other distinctions, including the associated use, where appropriate, of academic dress.

2.6.2.12
The Senate shall recommend to the Council the establishment and disestablishment of Schools and such other equivalent academic bodies as the Senate may from time to time consider advantageous for the work of the University.

2.6.2.13 The Senate shall approve the institution and acceptance from external funding bodies of Fellowships, Scholarships, Studentships, Grants, Bursaries, Prizes and other such aids to study and research.

2.6.2.14 The Senate shall approve the constitution and terms of reference of the major School Committees listed in Ordinance 2.4.

2.6.2.15 The Senate may discuss and declare an opinion on any matter relating to the University, on reference from the Council or otherwise, and to transmit such opinion to the Council.

2.6.2.16 The Senate shall generally exercise all such powers as are or may be conferred on the Senate by the Charter and the Statutes, and to make Regulations in the exercise of the powers set out in this Ordinance and of all other powers of the Senate.