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The primary responsibilities of the Senate are:

  1. Directing, regulating and promoting the teaching and research of the College
  2. Discussing matters of strategic importance for learning, teaching and research development
  3. Maintaining the quality and standards of the College's awards and reporting on the same to the Council
  4. Setting the academic regulatory framework and providing assurance to the Council on the effectiveness of it
  5. Regulating the conduct of students of the College
  6. Setting the high level policy and strategy on the advice and recommendation of the Senate committees working within the strategic direction contained within the College's Strategic Plan approved by Council and its underlying strategies
  7. Recommending or reporting to the Council as it may require.


Chair: The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Paul Thompson
Secretary: The Director of Academic Development, Corinne Smith


The Vice-Chancellor (Chair), Dr Paul Thompson

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Professor Naren Barfield

The Director of Research, Knowledge Exchange,  Dr Emma Wakelin
and Innovation  

Deans of Schools                                   

Professor Paul Anderson

Kerry Curtis

Dr Adrian Lahoud

Professor Ken Neil

Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

Rama Gheerawo

Director of Information, Learning and Technical Services

Jacqui Lipinski

President of the Students' Union

Adriana Scalisi (until 31 July 2023)

Elected members

One Head of Programme from each School                                     

Architecture, Beth Hughes (until 31 July 2024)

Arts & Humanities, Hermione Wiltshire (until 31 July 2023)

Communication, Danielle Barrios-O'Neill (until 31 July 2024)

Design, Professor Gareth Louden (until 31 July 2024)

Senior Member of academic staff

Professor Sharon Baurley

Three Tutors/Senior Tutors elected by the Academic Staff

Professor Johnny Golding (until 31 July 2022) 
Dr Sam Jacoby (until 31 July 2024)
Shehnaz Suterwalla (until 31 July 2024)

One member of the Research Staff (Senior Research Fellow, Research Fellow or Research Assistant) elected by the Research Staff

Dr Jiayu Wu  (until 31 July 2022)          

One member of the Technical Staff elected by the Technical Staff 

Constantina Riala (until 31 July 2022)

One member of the Non-Academic Staff elected by the Non-Academic Staff

Monica Kumwenda (until 31 July 2022)

One student elected by the students 

Mary Pedicini (until 31 July 2023)                                                                          

In attendance

Director of Academic Development, Corinne Smith 
The Registrar, Laurence Benson
Chief Financial Officer, Amanda White
Deputy Director of Academic Development, Chris Mitchell
Head of Academic Development Office, Lucy Dawkins


This committee approves the Academic Appeals Policy, Academic Misconduct Policy, Admissions Policy, Extenuating Circumstances Policy, Leave of Absence Policy, Library Admission Policy, Referral Policy, Student Complaints Policy, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Refund Policy.

Frequency of meetings

Three per year.

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