The Regent House is the governing body of the
University, and is the principal electoral constituency of the University. The
members of the Regent House at any given time are those persons whose names
were on the Roll of the Regent House at the last promulgation (i.e. public
announcement in a special edition of the Reporter).
The Roll is promulgated each year on the fifth weekday in November; membership
comprises over 6,000 members. The Clerk of the Roll of the Regent House
(Julia Copson, firstname.lastname@example.org) is responsible for ensuring an
up-to-date list of members.
Further information on the role of the Regent House and the responsibilities of its members:
Until the early part of the 20th
century, the Senate was the principal legislative authority of the
University. In 1926, the key governing body became the Regent House, but prior
to then, the Senate played an
important and active role in the governance of the University.
Today, the Senate’s principal
responsibility is to elect the Chancellor of the University, most recently
exercised with the election of Lord Sainsbury of Turville in 2011. The Senate
is also responsible for electing the High Steward, and has the duty to enact
Ordinances regulating its own procedure.
The Senate comprises all members of the
University who have an M.A. or higher degree (e.g. a Doctor’s degree or
Bachelor of Divinity), the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor, and all current members
of the Regent House.
More information about the Senate is available in Statute A and in Chapter I of Statutes and Ordinances.