Nature and purpose

The University Senate is the highest representative body of the university community, which is responsible for supervising the management of the University and defining the general lines of action in the different areas of university life.


The Senate will be formed by the Rector, who will preside over it, the Secretary General and the Manager as born members, and by 300 claustrals chosen by and from among the sectors of the university community that are listed below:

  • Official doctors of the university teaching bodies, corresponding to a percentage of 51 percent, equivalent to 153 claustrals.
  • Rest of teaching and research staff. Non-doctoral professors will account for a percentage of 5 per cent, equivalent to 15 claustrals, corresponding to the rest of teaching and research staff a percentage of 8 per cent, equivalent to 24 claustrals.
  • Students, corresponding to a percentage of 28 percent, equivalent to 84 claustrals.
  • Administration and Services Personnel, corresponding to a percentage of 8 per cent, equivalent to 24 claustrals, distributed equally among civil servants and contracted employees.

The University Senate will be renewed every four years, except for the representation of students, which will be renewed every two years.


The following functions correspond to the University Senate:

  • The elaboration of the Statutes, their reform and correction.
  • The convocation of extraordinary elections for Rector.
  • The election of members of the Governing Council on its behalf, by and from among the members of the represented sector.
  • The election and, where appropriate, revocation of the University Ombudsman, and the receipt of his annual report.
  • Election of the members of the General Electoral Board, as well as the approval of the General Electoral Regulation.
  • The approval of the general lines of action of the University in teaching, research and administration.
  • The approval of the Regulation of Disciplinary Regime, on the motion of the Governing Council.
  • The formulation of recommendations, proposals and institutional declarations, as well as debating and reaching decisions on the matters that are raised by the Rector, the Governing Council or by initiative of the Senate itself.
  • The receipt of information about the operation and objectives of the University, for which it may seek the appearance of the members of the governing and representative bodies and members of the university community. It will also receive and approve, as the case may be, the annual management report to be submitted by the Rector.
  • The oversight of the management of the governing bodies of the University, through the formulation of questions and interpellations.
  • The election of the members of the Claims Commission relative to the entrance examinations to the university teaching bodies.
  • The drafting and approval of its own Rules of Internal Regulation and Functioning, which will contain the provision that a regular session should be held at least once a year.
  • Anything else that may be attributed by the present Statutes and the other applicable rules.