SOAS University of London


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The Senate's membership consists of all academic staff (grade 7 and above), and its observers are the Board of Trustees and professional staff (grade 5 and above).

The key responsibilities of the Senate are:

  • To consider matters referred to it by Academic Board, Executive Board, or 50 of its membership, regarding academic policy and institutional strategy;
  • To provide academic input into key School issues and feed this back to Academic Board, Executive Board, or the Board of Trustees;
  • To elect from its membership a certain number of Academic Board members. The number of Academic Board members so elected (including the Senate Chair who will serve as an AB member) will equal the number of Heads of Department and Associate Directors on Academic Board;
  • To remit matters to Academic Board and/or Executive Board for reconsideration or amendment with the agreement of the majority of a quorate meeting. The Senate may only do this once in respect of a specific matter.

Details about the full terms of reference and Standing Orders can be found in the overview for this committee.


Open Minutes

Closed Minutes