The Senate plays a key role in the governance of The University of Manchester. It acts as the University’s principal academic authority. This autonomy of academic governance sets higher education institutions apart from other corporate entities.

A large number of the statutory powers reserved to Senate are regulatory in nature and control the academic business of the University. The senate is responsible to the Board of Governors for the promotion of research and for monitoring standards in teaching.

Membership of the Senate

The Senate has 70 members (PDF document, 365KB). A third of these are designated ex officio and reserved for those with academic management responsibilities centrally and in the Faculties. The remaining two-thirds are elected academic members (professorial and non-professorial) and student representatives.