As in previous years, the Senate election will be conducted by means of the online voting system developed by IT Services.
There are five places on Senate for academic, research and teaching (ART) staff on permanent contracts to be filled by election, divided as follows (in order to achieve equal balance across faculties as required by the 2017 Senate Effectiveness Review):
On receipt of the email announcing the election, ART staff on permanent contracts should withdraw their names if they do not wish to be considered as a candidate. When considering whether or not to withdraw, staff are asked to bear in mind a University convention which applies to membership of such bodies, i.e. that those who will be on leave of absence and away from the University for two terms or more during an academic year do not serve for that year. Those who do not expect to be available to serve a full term of office, for this or any other reason, may therefore prefer to withdraw from the candidate list.
Following this withdrawal process, a second email will invite all eligible staff to vote for up to five candidates.
The five persons with the highest number of votes, split by Faculty as above, will serve for three years from 1 August 2018.
(Note: Following the 2018 election resources will be identified in order to procure a new e-voting system to facilitate an opt-in electoral process to replace the current opt-out process, as agreed by the 2017 Senate Effectiveness Review.)
There are three places on Senate for academic, research and teaching (ART) staff on limited-term contracts to be filled by election. Eligible staff will receive an email inviting them to submit nominations. If the nominations exceed the number of vacancies, an online election will be held.
The three persons elected will serve for two years from 1 August 2018.
In order to reassure colleagues about the confidentiality of e-voting, it should be noted that: