Standing Committee of Senate

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference for the Senate Standing Committee are:

  1. To preview the business of Senate to enable Senate most effectively to focus on key strategic and policy issues.
  2. To add to the agenda for future meetings of Senate such items of business as are deemed appropriate by the Standing Committee, proposed either a) by a member of the Standing Committee; or b) by any other member of the University.
  3. To serve as Senate’s nominations committee.
  4. To report formally to each meeting of Senate.

Method of Working

The Standing Committee shall:

  1. Meet approximately two weeks before each meeting of Senate to receive and review the papers submitted for the forthcoming Senate meeting.
  2. Agree the Senate agenda, including reports and items within top level reports for listing and starring for discussion, and consider whether items should be designated as "standing items", "strategic matters for discussion", "matters for approval" or "matters for information". Members of Senate may request further items to be starred for discussion; such requests will be considered at the discretion of the Chair of the Committee or the Chair of Senate (as appropriate).  Senate will be invited to note, approve or adopt as appropriate all non-starred items without further discussion.
  3. Consider whether papers submitted are fit for purpose. The Committee may refer back to the originating body any item which is deemed not fit for purpose. The Committee may also ask for any corrections of a technical or grammatical nature to be made before papers are submitted to Senate.
  4. Consider any other items proposed either from within or without the Committee for addition to Senate’s agenda for a future meeting.
  5. Prepare a report for submission to each meeting of Senate. The report will identify any proposed items of business referred back by the Standing Committee to the originating body as unfit for purpose. 
  6. Regularly and proactively consider the effectiveness of Senate's procedures and working practices, and make recommendations to Senate regarding the same.
  7. Consider at each of its meetings whether any of the decisions reached at that meeting has Equal Opportunities implications, and Communication and/or consultation implications.
  8. Consider at each of its meetings whether any policy or procedure being submitted to Senate requires Equality Risk Assessment, and recommend accordingly to Senate.
  9. Authorise the Chair of the Committee to take actions or decisions that would normally require the authority of the Committee but which must be made between meetings of the Committee (particulalrly over the summer vacation). The Chair shall report any such action or decision to the Committee at its next meeting.


Deputy Vice-Chancellor (ex officio), Professor Guy Orpen

2 Deans (1 from the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law; 1 from the other four Faculties).

Arts                                                  Professor M Basker

Biomedical Sciences                          Professor G Banting

1 academic staff member of Senate from each faculty (appointed from within and amongst each Faculty’s 12 members on Senate, at a meeting of the Faculty’s Representatives on Senate convened by the Dean for this purpose)




Dr C Hindson

Social Sciences & Law

Professor E Dermott
Engineering Professor E Wilson
Biomedical Sciences Professor K Nobes
Health Sciences Dr C Fuller
Science Dr M Fannin

1 Student Member 

Sabbatical Officer of the Students' Union (ex officio): Mr S Singh

In attendance:

Senior Governance Officer, Secretary: Ms Lucy Barling

Meeting dates and times 2017/18

Monday 2 October 2017, 1400

Monday 27 November 2017, 1400

Monday 12 February 2018, 1400

Monday 9 April 2018, 1400
Tuesday 29 May 2018,1000


Lucy Barling(0117) 331 7137