The Senate

The Senate is the ultimate authority for decision-taking on all academic matters, normally acting on advice from the School Boards and its other Committees. Hence, the academic policy and procedures of the University are determined by a complex structure in which many members of the Academic Staff participate.

 

The Senate

The Senate is the ultimate authority for decision-taking on all academic matters, normally acting on advice from the School Boards and its other Committees. Hence, the academic policy and procedures of the University are determined by a complex structure in which many members of the Academic Staff participate.

The Senate is responsible for all the academic affairs of the University, including the provision of courses and the approval of their syllabuses, the admission and progress of students through examinations and otherwise, the award of degrees and such other qualifications as may be prescribed, the making of recommendations to the Council in respect of candidates for the award of honorary degrees, the establishment, organization and control of halls of residence in the University, and the granting of fellowships, scholarships, prizes and similar awards that are within the control of the University provided that funds are available.

The Senate shall consist of the following members:

  • The Vice-Chancellor -Chairman
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • All Professors in the University;
  • The Librarian of the University
  • The Deans of Colleges including the Postgraduate School
  • Dean of Student Affairs
  • Directors of Academic Institutes/Centres
  • All Heads of Academic Departments,
  • Two elected Academic Staff from each College/School,
The Registrar – Secretary.
Bursar – In attendance

Essentially, the functions of the Senate are:

  1. The establishment, organization and control of Campuses, Colleges, Institutes, Schools, Departments, other teaching units and research units of the University, and the allocation of responsibility for different branches of learning;
  2. The organization and control of courses of study at the University and of the examinations held in conjunction with those courses, including the appointment of examiners, both internal and external;
  3. The award of degrees and such other qualifications as may be prescribed, in connection with examinations held as aforesaid;
  4. The making of recommendations to the Council with respect to the award to any person of honorary fellowship or honorary degree or the title of Professor Emeritus;
  5. The selection of persons for admission as students of the University;
  6. The establishment, organization and control of halls of residence and similar institutions at the University;
  7. The supervision of the welfare of students at the University and the regulation of their conduct including mode of dressing;
  8. The granting of Fellowships, Scholarships, Prizes and similar awards, in so far as the awards are within the control of the University, and
  9. Determining what description of dress shall be academic dress for the purposes of the University, and regulating the use of academic dress
In carrying out these functions, the Senate requires the concurrence of Council to provide the necessary financial and other resources

Committees of Senate

Senate delegates much of its work to a series of sub-committees chaired by the senior academic officers and to College Boards chaired by the College Deans

The Senate shall have the following Committees to facilitate its work:
  1. Senate Business Committee
  2. Curriculum Development Committee
  3. Library and Publications Committee
  4. Ceremonies Committee
  5. Central Admissions Committee
  6. Committee of Deans
  7. Students Welfare Committee
  8. University Sports Committee
  9. Students Disciplinary Committee
  10. Examinations Monitoring Committee
  11. Research Grants Committee
  12. ICT Development Committee
  13. Quality Assurance Committee
  14. Annual Report Committee
  15. University Inaugural Lecture Committee
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