|There are six Senate Assessors on the University Court, three of whom also serve as Senate Assessors on the Operating Board, as indicated below:
- Professor N Hutchison, until 30 September 2019; also on Operating Board
- Dr N Oren until 30 September 2018;
- Dr C Brittain, until 30 September 2017
- Dr C Black, until 30 September 2017
- Professor A Akisanya, until 30 September 2019; also on Operating Board
- Professor S Heys, until 30 September 2016; also on Operating Board Nominations for Senate Assessors are sought from, and elected by, the Senate members within each College.
Nominations for Senate Assessors are sought from, and elected by, the Senate members within each constituency.There are three separate consitutencies: the College of Arts & Social Sicences and the Business School; the College of Life Sciences & Medicine; and the College of Physical Sciences.
In order to maintain this representation across all levels of academic staff of the six Senate Assessors on the University Court, one should be nominated from and elected by the Established and Personal Professors who are members of the Senate within each constituency, and one is nominated from and elected by the Readers and Lecturers who are members of Senate within each constituency.
Where a Senate Assessor's term of office on Senate ends before the conclusion of their term of office as a Senate Assessor, in accordance with Ordinance 111 their period of Senate membership is extended for the remainder of that period.
Membership of the Operating Board include three Senate Assessors, one from each constituency in its composition. In addition, the Senate Assessors on the Operating Board are members of the Senate Business Committee, whose primary role is to draft Senate agendas.
The remit of the Senate Assessors is summarised below:
- to attend meetings of the University Court (and, where appointed, the Operating Board) and to provide an academic viewpoint, on behalf of the Senate, at these meetings;
- to report back to the Senate on items discussed at the University Court, subject to careful caveats concening boundaries e.g. in regard to confidentiality or other sensitive issues.
[Note: Minutes of Court and Operating Board meetings will be published after they have been approved at the following Court/Operating Board meeting and will be accessible by all staff].
The elected membership of the Senate has been based on School constituencies, with the number of seats allocated to each constituency being indicated below:
|Name of Constituency
||Number of Seats allotted to
|(a) University of Aberdeen Business School
|(b) School of Divinity, History and Philosophy
|(c) School of Education
|(d) School of Language, Literature, Music & Visual Culture
|(e) School of Law
|(f) School of Social Science
|(g) School of Biological Sciences
|(h) School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition
|(i) School of Psychology
|(j) School of Engineering
|(k) School of Geosciences
|(nl) School of Natural & Computing Sciences
The number of seats allocated to individual constituencies (a) to (l) above may be varied by the University Court on the recommendation of the Senatus Academicus.
Members are elected to the Senate on the basis of serving for a four-year period, with half retiring every second year and with retiring members being eligible for re-election.
Election is by Single Transferable Vote to ensure an adequate spread of disciplines and grades among the elected members.
Each constituency comprises the Professors, Readers and Lecturers, including clinical staff and the holders of research posts of equivalent status, who at the time of election are not members of the Senate ex officio.
Elected Senators are appointed to represent the views of their constituency on items that are to be discussed/debated at the Senate. They are not elected to represent their individual roles.
In carrying out their role, elected Senators should note the following expectations regarding their role:
- There are four Senate meetings per year. Elected Senators should attend the majority, if not all, of the four Senate meetings each year. Attendance is taken at all meetings, is published on the Senate website and reviewed annually by the Senate Business Committee.
- Elected Senators are responsible for representing the views of their constituency and consider their responsibility as individuals to act for the good of the whole university community, both academics and students. It is therefore important for Senators to be pro-active in seeking input from their constituency on matters of Senate business in advance of meetings.
- Senators should work together with fellow Senators in their School to determine the most effective mechanism for obtaining feedback from colleagues in advance of meetings. The way in which this should be done is not prescribed but may include holding an open meeting for staff to seek input ahead of the meeting or providing an email route for colleagues to provide feedback.
- Senate business is informed by a number of Senate committees. Elected Senators should ensure that they keep abreast of the ongoing work of these committees. The agendas and papers are made available on the Senate website and notification is provided when papers for the next meeting are available. Senators should ensure effective communication between themselves and their School representative on these committees and feed any matters they wish raised to their School representative in advance of meetings.
- Following meetings of Senate, elected Senators are responsible for ensuring there is appropriate feedback to their constituents on the outcome of discussions at Senate. To facilitate this, a digest of the outcome of Senate is provided to the University community 48 hours after Senate has met.
The following are student members of the Senate:
- President of the Students’ Association
- The Student President (Education & Employability)
- The Vice-President (Education & Employability)
- The School Conveners
- One postgraduate representative from each of the three Colleges
In addition, the President (Welfare & Equal Opportunities) is in attendance at the Senate.
The primary role of all student members of the Senate is to represent student opinion on matters that are discussed or debated at the Senate.
In regard to the Sabbatical Officers, this representation generally would be on behalf of the Students’ Association.
The School Conveners, represent the student views within their parent school.
In regard to the postgraduate student representatives, this representation would be primarily in regard to the students registered on postgraduate programmes within the respective College.
It shall be for the Students’ Association to decide how best its representatives on Senate should iterate with the student body in general and the various student constituencies in regard to Senate business.
Details of the current student membership can be found by clicking here.