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Senate is the academic statutory structure in accordance with sections 19-28 of the UJ Statute. Senate is accountable (to Council) for all the teaching, learning, research and other academic functions and activities of the University and all other functions delegated or assigned to it by Council.

Senate provides academic leadership and is accountable to Council for regulating the University’s academic functions, which inter alia include all teaching, learning and research, subject to the provisions reflected in the Higher Education Act and the UJ Statute in accordance with sections 19-28 of the UJ Statute.

The focus is on all the strategic objectives and subsequent key performance areas and indicators related to the University’s core academic business.


  1. Vice-Chancellor and Principal (Chairperson). When the Chairperson is absent for a meeting, he/she will appoint a MEC member to act as Chairperson.
  2. Two external members of Council nominated/designated by Council.
  3. Deputy Vice-Chancellors.
  4. Chief Financial Officer.
  5. Chief Operating Officer.
  6. Registrar.
  7. Senior Executive Director.
  8. Executive Deans.
  9. Full professors (permanent or on fixed-term appointment of at least three years, including full professors appointed in support divisions, excluding post-retirement appointees and visiting academics).
  10. Distinguished professors on post-retirement contracts.
  11. SARChI Chairs (including those on post-retirement contracts).
  12. Executive/Senior Directors responsible for:
    11.1. Academic Development and Support.
    11.2. Library and Information Centre.
    11.3. Research and Innovation.
    11.4. Postgraduate Studies.
    11.5. Internationalisation.
    11.6. Student Affairs.
  13. Two representatives of the UJ Student Representative Council (UJ SRC) elected by the SRC.


Additional Members Determined by Senate
  1. Vice-Deans (who are not otherwise full professors).
  2. Heads of academic schools (who are not otherwise full professors).
  3. Heads of academic departments (who are not otherwise full professors).
  4. Heads/directors of Global Excellence and Stature (GES) flagship institutes (who are not otherwise full professors).
  5. Up to twenty academics from a diversity of designated groups (who are not otherwise members of Senate) nominated by the executive deans and appointed by the Vice-Chancellor and Principal.
  6. One postgraduate student nominated by the MEC Academic Committee (MECA).
  7. One Postdoctoral Fellow nominated by the Executive Director: Research and Innovation in consultation with MECA.


  1. Heads of Faculty Administration.


Institutional Forum

The Institutional Forum functions in accordance with the Higher Education Act (No. 101 of 1997), and the UJ Statute and the authority delegated to it by the Council.

The recommendations made and advice given by the Institutional Forum are submitted to the Council for consideration.

The Institutional Forum advises the Council as contemplated in Section 51 of the UJ Statute, in accordance with the vision, mission, core values, strategic goals, strategic thrusts and subsequent KPIs, the principles of corporate governance and the legal and management framework of the University.


The Institutional Forum consists of the following members:

  1. Two members representing the Management Executive Committee.
  2. Two members of the Council, elected by the Council, who are not employees or students of the University, one of which is a Convocation representative on Council.
  3. One member representing the senior management who is responsible for industrial relations and employment conditions at the University.
  4. One member representing the senior management who is responsible for student affairs.
  5. Two members of the Senate elected by the Senate.
  6. Two members elected from the ranks of the full-time permanent academic employees not being members of the Senate, elected by the permanent academic employees not being members of the Senate.
  7. Two members elected from the ranks of the permanent non-academic employees (which members should be representative of different occupational categories of non-academic employees of the University), elected by the permanent non-academic employees.
  8. Two students elected by the University Student Representative Council.
  9. Two members each of each recognised trade union who are permanent employees, elected by the trade union.
  10. One member representing employees with disabilities, who is a permanent employee, selected by such permanent employees from their ranks.
  11. Such additional members as the Institutional Forum may determine from time to time, up to a maximum of two, to ensure that the Forum fulfils its functions.


Note: With the exception of the members contemplated in 2 and 8, all members must be full-time, permanent employees of the University.