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​​​​​​​​The Senate is the body responsible for academic matters at the University and is made up mainly of full professors and heads of departments. By law, the Senate is accountable to the University’s Council for all the teaching, learning, research and academic functions of the institution and all other functions delegated or assigned to it by the Council.

The UJ Senate currently comprises about 250 members under the chairpersonship of Vice-Chancellor Prof Ihron Rensburg. The Registrar is the Secretary of the UJ Senate.​