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Senate

Committees are an essential part of university life. They help bring together staff and students from across the University to allow consensus and ownership in decision-making. Committees combine expertise gathered from several areas and help develop new ways of thinking. They are often required to take important (and sometimes difficult) decisions.

At Bucks, there are three separate bodies that have responsibility for the character, organisation and function of the University. These are: Council, the Senior Management Team (SMT), and Senate. The way in which these three bodies operate and connect with each other is fundamental to securing and improving quality and standards within the University.

These pages focus on Senate and its sub-committees. Senate is the University's senior deliberative committee and advises the Vice-Chancellor on the University's academic activities, including matters relating to the awarding of degrees. To assist it in carrying out its duties, Senate delegates authority for some of its responsibilities to its sub-committees. These are:

  • Academic Planning Committee (APC)
  • Education Committee (EDU)
  • Research and Enterprise Committee (REC)
Senate
Introduction

Senate is responsible to the Council for: general issues relating to the research, scholarship, teaching and courses at the University; for taking any action it considers necessary to safeguard the standards of awards of the University and the quality of its provision; considering the development of the academic activities of the University and the resources needed to support them and advising the Vice-Chancellor and the Council thereon; and for advising on such other matters as the Council or the Vice-Chancellor may refer to Senate. Senate meets up to four times a year and has an additional joint meeting with Council.

Terms of Reference are included in the University Committees document.

Membership

Membership for the academic year 2018-2019 is as follows:

Name Position School / Directorate Term / Category of Office
Nick Braisby Vice-Chancellor Vice-Chancellor's Office Ex-officio
Gavin Brooks Deputy Vice-Chancellor Vice-Chancellor's Office Ex-officio
Rachel Cragg Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education & Digital) Vice-Chancellor's Office Ex-officio
Ellie Smith Academic Registrar Academic Registry Ex-officio
Julie Irwin Director of Student Success Student Success Directorate Ex-officio 
Florin Ioras Director of Enterprise & Research Enterprise & Research Ex-officio 
Sri-Kartini Leet Head of School Art, Design & Performance Ex-officio
Phil Wood Head of School Aviation & Security Ex-officio 
Kevin Maher Head of School Business, Law & Computing Ex-officio
Russel Stone Head of School Media & Creative Industries Ex-officio
Lee Curtis Interim Head of School Health Care & Social Work Ex-officio
Paul Morgan Head of School Human & Social Sciences Ex-officio 
Karen Buckwell-Nutt Director of the Institute for Health and Social Care Nursing & Allied Health Ex-officio 
Lauren Vincent Teaching representative  Art, Design & Performance Elected
Louisa Berry Teaching representative  Aviation & Security Elected 
John Hathaway Teaching representative Business, Law & Computing Elected
Rob Penhaligon Teaching representative Media & Creative Industries Elected
Daisy D'Silva Toscano Teaching representative Health Care & Social Work Elected
Dearbhla Gallagher Teaching representative Human & Social Sciences Elected
Helen Ayo-Ajayi Teaching representative Nursing & Allied Health Elected
Richard Jones Committee representative Education Committee Nominated
Margaret Greenfields Committee representative Research & Enterprise Committee Nominated
Sainey Faye Committee representative Partnerships Board Nominated
Tao Warburton President of the Students' Union  Students' Union  Student Member 
Brooke Pilbeam Students' Union Vice-President (Education and Welfare)  Students' Union Student Member
Meeting dates

Meeting dates for 2018-2019 are as follows:

Date Start Time End Time Location  Meeting Type 
25 September 2019 14:00 16:00 HW-G5.05 Regular 
18 November 2019 16:00  17:30 HW-S3.01 Joint meeting with Council 
18 December 2019 14:00 16:00 HW-G5.05 Regular
25 March 2020 14:00  16:00 HW-G5.05 Regular
10 June 2020 14:00  16:00 HW-G5.05 Regular

Proposed agenda items should be sent to the Secretary at least two weeks before the meeting to enable the agenda to be set in good time. Papers should include a completed cover sheet. The template is available from the Secretary.

Minutes

2019-2020

Meeting Minutes
10 June 2020 To follow
25 March 2020 To follow
18 December 2019 To follow

18 November 2019

(Joint meeting with Council)

2019.11.18 SEN COUN Minutes Open (pdf)
25 September 2019 2019.09.25 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)

2018-2019

Meeting Minutes
5 June 2019 2019.06.05 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)
13 March 2019 2019.03.13 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)
5 December 2018 2018.12.05 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)

19 November 2018

(Joint meeting with Council)

To follow
26 September 2018 2018.09.26 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)

2017-2018

Meeting Minutes
6 June 2018 2018.06.06 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)
14 March 2018 2018.03.14 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)
13 December 2017 2017.12.13 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)

20 November 2017

(Joint meeting with Council)

To follow
27 September 2017 2017.09.27 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)

2016-2017

Meeting Minutes
7 June 2017 2017.06.07 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)
22 March 2017 2017.03.22 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)
14 December 2016 2016.12.14 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)

21 November 2016

(Joint meeting with Council)

2016.11.21 JSC Minutes Open (pdf)
28 September 2016 2016.09.28 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)

2015-2016

Meeting Minutes
8 June 2016 2016.06.08 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)
9 March 2016 2016.03.09 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)
16 December 2015 2015.12.16 SEN Minutes Open  (pdf)

2014-2015

Meeting Minutes
10 June 2015  2015.06.10 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)
18 March 2015  2015.03.18 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)
17 December 2014  2014.12.17 SEN Minutes Open (pdf)

2013-2014

Meeting Minutes 
11 June 2014 2014.06.11 SEN Minutes (pdf)
19 March 2014 2014.03.19 SEN Minutes (pdf)
11 December 2013 2013.12.11 SEN Minutes (pdf)

2012-2013

Meeting Minutes 
5 June 2013 2013.06.05 SEN Minutes (pdf)
13 March 2013 2013.03.13 SEN Minutes (pdf)
12 December 2012 2012.12.12 SEN Minutes (pdf)

2011-2012

Meeting Minutes 
6 June 2012 2012.06.06 SEN Minutes (pdf)
14 March 2012 2012.03.14 SEN Minutes (pdf)
7 December 2011 2011.12.07 SEN Minutes (pdf)

2010-2011

 Meeting Minutes
8 June 2011 2011.06.08 SEN Minutes (pdf)
16 March 2011 2011.03.16 SEN Minutes (pdf)
8 December 2010 2010.12.08 SEN Minutes (pdf)

If you require minutes prior to this date please contact the Academic Registry.

Officers

Secretary: Miriam Moir, Head of Registry Services, Academic Registry (x5167)

Proposed agenda items should be sent to the Secretary at least two weeks before the meeting to enable the agenda to be set in good time.

Academic Planning Committee
Introduction

Academic Planning Committee is responsible to Senate for the development of the University's academic taught portfolio and its formal strategic partnerships. This includes approval of business cases for new courses and partnerships as well as oversight of changes to existing courses and partnerships. APC meets as required throughout the academic year.

Terms of reference are published in the University Committees document.

Membership

Membership for the academic year 2017-2018 is as follows:

Name Position Faculty / Directorate Term / Category of Office
Nick Braisby Vice-Chancellor Vice-Chancellor's Office Ex-officio
Julie McLeod Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) Vice-Chancellor's Office Ex-officio
Julie Irwin Director of Student Success Student Success Co-opted
Ellie Smith Academic Registrar Academic Registry Ex-officio
Rod Mercer Director of Finance Finance Ex-officio
Julia Weston Director of Marketing & Student Recruitment Marketing & Student Recruitment Ex-officio 
Ian Harper BEST Chief Executive Director of Apprenticeships BEST Co-opted
Rob Rogers Senior Business Partner (Planning and Intelligence) Strategic Development & Planning Ex-officio 
Georgia Nosal Students' Union Vice-President (Education & Welfare) Students' Union Ex-officio
Robin Walton Senior Financial Planning & Analysis Manager Finance In attendance

Heads of Schools will also be in attendance.

Meeting dates

Meeting dates for 2018-2019 are as follows:

Date Start Time End Time Location Meeting Type
13 September 2018 09:30 12:30 HW-VCCR Normal
18 October 2018 09:30 12:30 HW-VCCR Normal
5 December 2018 09:30 12:30 HW-VCCR Normal
13 February 2019 09:30 12:30 HW-VCCR Normal
17 April 2019 09:30 12:30 HW-VCCR Normal
13 June 2019 09:30 12:30 HW-VCCR Normal

Additional meetings may be arranged to deal with specific University initiatives.

Officers

Secretary: Marcus Wood, Principal Registry Officer, Academic Registry (x5066)

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Research and Enterprise Committee
Introduction

Research and Enterprise Committee is responsible to Senate for monitoring and reviewing research performance across the University, and to identify priority areas for research and enterprise effort and activity. Through the Research Degree Committee (RDC), it also monitors the research student environment and related strategies. The Committee meets a minimum of three times during the academic year.

Terms of Reference are included in the University Committees document.

Membership

Membership for the academic year 2017-2018 is as follows:

Name Position Faculty / Directorate Term / Category of Office
Anne Evans   RED Unit Ex-officio
Colin Martin Acting Head of Research Society & Health Ex-officio
Florin Ioras Acting Head of Research Design, Media & Management Ex-officio
Great Paa-Kerner   Design, Media & Management Ex-officio
Ben Clayton   Design, Media & Management Ex-officio
Neil Brownsword Nominated Member Design, Media & Management Nominated
Lyndon Buck Nominated Member Design, Media & Management Nominated
Helena Chance Nominated Member Design, Media & Management Nominated
Richard Mather Nominated Member Design, Media & Management Nominated
Stephen Partridge Nominated Member Design, Media & Management Nominated
David Warnock-Smith Nominated Member Design, Media & Management Nominated
Margaret Greenfields Nominated Member Society & Health Nominated
Keiran Henderson Nominated Member Society & Health Nominated
Paul Morgan Nominated Member Society & Health Nominated
Ciaran O'Keeffe Nominated Member Society & Health Nominated
Lynn Viatge Nominated Member Society & Health Nominated
Julia Williams Nominated Member Society & Health Nominated
Douglas Burnham External Member Staffordshire University Member
Rebekah Smith McGloin External Member Coventry University Member
Richard Harlow Student Representative Bucks Students' Union Student Rep
Meeting dates

Meeting dates for 2017-2018 are as follows:

Date Start Time End Time Location Meeting Type
22 November 2017 14:00 17:00 G5.05 Normal 
27 February 2018 14:00 17:00 G5.05 Normal
15 May 2018 14:00 17:00 G5.05 Normal

Proposed agenda items should be sent to the Secretary at least two weeks before the meeting to enable the agenda to be set in good time. Papers should include a completed cover sheet.

Officers

Secretary: Anne Evans, Research & Enterprise Development Unit Manager (x5016)

Proposed agenda items should be sent to the Secretary at least two weeks before the meeting to enable the agenda to be set in good time. Papers should include a completed cover sheet.

Education Committee
Introduction

The Education Committee is responsible to Senate for issues relating to learning, teaching and assessment in respect of the University's academic taught portfolio. This will include putting into operation the educational aspects of the strategic plan, responsibility for the maintenance of quality and standards, and oversight of all aspects of the student journey. EDU meets three times per year plus an additional meeting to audit the Annual Monitoring process.

Terms of Reference are published in the University Committees document.

Membership

Membership for the academic year 2017-2018 is as follows:

Name Position  Faculty / Directorate  Term / Category of Office 
Nick Braisby Vice-Chancellor Vice-Chancellor's Office Ex-officio (Chair)
Miriam Moir Academic Registrar's nominee Academic Registry Ex-officio
Julie Irwin Director of Student Success (Interim) Student Success Directorate Ex-officio 
Sue Leddington Faculty Quality Co-ordinator Society & Health Ex-officio
Ben Parmar Students' Union President Students' Union Ex-officio
Lauren O'Shea Students' Union Vice-President Students' Union Ex-officio
Steve Dewhurst Apprenticeship Hub Apprenticeship Hub Co-opted
Paul Morgan Head of School representative Society & Health Nominated
Jeremy Kelly Teaching Representative Society & Health Nominated (Jan-2018 to Aug-2020)
Nic Fryer Teaching Representative Design, Media & Management Nominated (Feb-2016 to Aug-2018)
Mary Simpson Teaching Representative Design, Media & Management Nominated (May-2017 to Aug-2019)
Yvette Scott Teaching Representative Design, Media & Management Nominated (Sept-2015 to Aug-2019)
Rebecca Rochon Teaching Representative Society & Health Nominated (Sept-2015 to Aug-2018)
Ben Clayton Teaching Representative Society & Health Nominated (Sept-2016 to Aug-2018)
Sanj Nathoo Teaching Representative Society & Health Nominated (Sept-2017 to Aug-2019)
Melanie Hayward Teaching Representative Society & Health Nominated (Sept-2017 to Aug-2019)
Danny O'Keefe Undergraduate Student Representative Students' Union Nominated
Hattie Hornblow Postgraduate Student Representative Students' Union Nominated
Meeting dates

Meeting dates for 2017-2018 are as follows:

Date Start Time  End Time Location  Meeting Type 
1 November 2017 14:00 17:00 HW-G5.05 Normal 
9 November 2017 14:00 17:00 HW-G5.05 Annual Monitoring
21 February 2018 14:00 17:00 HW-G5.05 Normal
9 May 2018 14:00 17:00 HW-G5.05 Normal

Proposed agenda items should be sent to the Secretary at least two weeks before the meeting to enable the agenda to be set in good time. Papers should include a completed cover sheet.

Officers

Secretary: Marcus Wood, Principal Registry Officer, Academic Registry (x5066)

Proposed agenda items should be sent to the Secretary at least two weeks before the meeting to enable the agenda to be set in good time.

Additional information

If you would like more information on the way in which Senate and its sub-committees operate, or would like to explore the role of different members on a committee, please consult the Committees Handbook. For a diagram of the University's Deliberative Committees structure please see the University Governance: Committee constitutions and terms of reference formal document.