University Committees


There are a range of University committees that the Union's officers are part of. We use those spaces to feed in and bring information back to our student members where possible.

You can read all University committee related updates on our site.


All of the committees listed on this page are governance structures from the University and deal with institutional issues in line with the Statutes and Regulations of the University.

We think it’s important that students know about these structures and get involved. So we’re explaining the different committees below with links to the relevant university pages.


Senate | University Education Committee | Doctoral Studies Committee | Examination and Assessment Regulations

We'll be adding to this page with more details soon.


What is Senate


Note: This is chaired by the University and not the Union.


The University's Senate is the highest academic decision making committee at Sussex and “is responsible for the academic standards and the direction and regulation of academic matters of the University”

All committees relating to the academic experience at Sussex report to the senate and as a result, being a Senate Rep is a bigger responsibility than most committees. Student reps and officers are part of the senate and represent the students’ voice.

Read more about Senate in general or more detailed committee information, including agenda and minutes (you need to be signed in for the detailed information).


What is University Education Committee (UEC)


Note: This is chaired by the University and not the Union.


Three undergraduate Student Reps sit on the University's Teaching and Learning Committee to put the student point of view - one each from arts, science (includes BSMS) and social sciences.

Read more about UEC, including agenda and minutes. (You need to be signed in for the detailed information.)


What is the Doctoral Studies Committee


Note: This is chaired by the University and not the Union.


The Doctoral Studies Committee deals with facilities for postgraduate research students (PGR) and has places for 3 PGR Student Reps - one each from arts, science (includes BSMS) and social sciences.

Specifically, this group considers a range of issues relating to the research student experience including the University's procedures governing research students, policies and procedures relating to supervision and assessment, student retention and award outcomes and training and development needs of both supervisors and research students.

Read more about the Doctoral Studies Committee in general or more detailed committee information, including agenda and minutes (you need to be signed in for the detailed information).


What is Examination and Assessment Regulations (EAR) Sub-Committee


Note: This is chaired by the University and not the Union.


The Exam and Regulations (EAR) Committee oversees university rules for taught awards and ensures academic standards across these courses.

Read more about EAR, including agenda and minutes. (You need to be signed in for the detailed information.)


Read our University committee updates.


We'll be adding to this page with more details on various committees and recent discussions soon.

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