Administrative Unit Senate (1867 - 1923)


The Act of Parliament constituting the University provided that a 'Senate' should be elected as soon as the number of graduates who attained degrees above the rank of bachelor reached one hundred…

The Senate had the right to elect members to Council and to reject or accept legislation framed by it, but not to frame statutes. Its role was not to duplicate the executive and administrative functions of Council but to act as a body of review. This was a somewhat 'unwieldy bi-cameral structure' and the Senate could and did, under certain conditions, exert considerable influence over the governance of the University. It was also important in maintaining an intimate connection between the graduates and the University thus enhancing its capacity to draw on their support as they progressed through their careers.
(University of Melbourne Archives, Key 15: Senate 1867)


1895 the Senate consisted of all males persons admitted to the degree of Doctor or Master.

Sources used to compile this entry: Key 15: Senate 1867,;

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