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TU Graz Senate

Alongside the Rectorate and the University Council, the Senate is one of three management bodies at the university. As a democratically elected body, it represents all groups of people at the university: academic and non-academic staff as well as students. Its main tasks are divided into 3 areas:

  • Autonomy – self-determination
  • Education
  • Quality insurance

A total of 26 people work in the Senate and more than 500 people work in its committees. That so many members of the university are involved shows the importance given to the respective tasks. 

Interesting Details

Gernot Kubin, Source: Lunghammer – TU Graz
Prof. Gernot Kubin, Chairperson of the TU Graz Senate

In addition to my responsibilities in research and teaching, I like working in the Senate as it is a central tool for the self-determination of the university and ensures freedom in science and teaching by bringing together all members of the university. As chairperson, I particularly work to ensure frank discourse and transparency in all decision making processes and warmly invite all members of TU Graz to attend the public part of our senate meetings.

Contact

TU Graz Senate
Rechbauerstraße 12/I
8010 Graz

Eva-Maria SCHMIDT-HASEWEND
Senate's Office
Phone: +43 316 873 6080
e.schmidt-hasewendnoSpam@tugraz.at

Please register at the Senate's Office if you would like to take part in the public part of a senate meeting.

Members of the Senate 1.10.2016 to 30.9.2019, Source: Lunghammer – TU Graz

TU Graz Senate

Members of the Senate

The Senate at TU Graz is made up of 26 members from individual groups of university members.

 

  • University professors: 13 members
  • Mid-level staff: 6 members 
    This group is made up of all academic personnel who are not university professors: Extraordinary university professors, associate and assistant professors, senior scientists, assistants with and without doctorates, and university teachers.
  • Students: 6 members
  • Administrative personnel: 1 member

Student members are delegated by the TU Graz Student Union. All other members are elected by the respective group for a 3-year term of office. 

Scope of Duties

Autonomy – Self-determination

The Senate plays an important role in making autonomy and self-determination of the university a reality:

  • Organisation of the other two managerial bodies: members of the University Council are appointed by the Senate together with the Federal Government; the University Council appoints members of the Rectorate in a joint procedure together with the Senate.
  • The Senate is the legislative assembly of the university. It legislates the statute of the university, which defines important regulations, such as study regulations or measures for the advancement of women, and which are constantly being adapted to the changing legal and social frame conditions.

Education

  • The Senate regulates cooperation between students and teaching staff by means of relevant parts of the statute.
  • The Senate has organised a TU Graz Student Ombudsperson to provide support in exceptional circumstances.
  • Degrees and university certificate programmes: Working groups for particular degree programmes define and structure degrees into curricula – educational aims, qualification profiles and detailed provisions on individual courses. The two curricula committees of the Senate manage this process and then decide on the curricula. They focus on quality standards for the whole university, and on balancing the ability to study with teaching capacity and vocational training with academic education. Over the last few years, it has become increasingly important to balance our interests with those of our partners in inter-university studies. 

Quality Assurance - Strategic

The Senate ensures quality on a strategic level:

The Senate authorises committees who are responsible for quality assurance when employing professors with an open end contact and awarding the venia docendi. Appointment of university management and selection of management personnel is made strategically and in accordance with the quality standards of the whole university.

Central strategic documents, such as the Development Plan (in German) or Organisation Plan, are drafted by the operative bodies and submitted to the Senate. The Senate approves the documents if they meet the quality criteria required from a strategic perspective. 

Quality Assurance - Operative

  • The Senate’s deliberative way of working makes an important contribution to the quality of the decisions made by the Senate and its committees. Based on expertise and appraisals, the open discourse between people represented in the committees creates an environment where the best argument wins – a method that can be seen as shaping the entire scientific culture.
  • The Senate sets up the Working Group for Equal Opportunitiesr, which ensures openness to diversity and mutual appreciation in all university matters.
  • The Awards Committee of the Senate rewards quality everywhere where our exceptions are exceeded. 

Tasks in Detail

According to § 25 University Act

  • Election of members of University Council and changes to size of University Council
  • Approval of advertisement for the position of Rector and the creation of a shortlist of three candidates for the election of a Rector.
  • Statement on suggestions for Rector regarding Vice Rectors: Number, working hours, proposal of candidate
  • Involvement in dismissing members of University Council, the Rector and Vice Rectors.
  • Statement before people are allocated to individual organisational units
  • Establishing a Working Group for Equal Opportunities
  • Nomination of a female and male main member and deputy member for the Arbitration Committee
  • Adoption and changing Statute on the suggestion of the Rectorate.
  • Adoption and changing of the curricula for full degree programmes and university certificate programmes.
  • Approval of the draft of the development plan (complete strategy for TU Graz) created by the Rectorate as well as the draft of the organisational plan, which describes organisational units and their tasks.
  • Involvement in habilitation procedure (Link) and appointment procedure (Link)
  • Determination of academic degrees and titles for graduates of university certificate programmes
  • Appraisals at complaint procedures on study matters
  • Appointment of collegiate bodies (Link), such as habilitation committees, appointment committees and curricula committees as well as adoption of directives (Link) for their tasks.

 

 

 

Bases

These bases form the foundation of the Senate’s work.

University Act

The Senate is organised in accordance with § 25 University Act.

Rules of Procedure of the Senate

The Rules of Procedure of the Senate (in German: Geschäftsordnung des Senates) stipulate how the Senate works, how the meetings proceed and which cases the chairperson of the Senate can deal with independently.

Statute of TU Graz

The Statute of TU Graz regulates aspects such as electoral regulations for members of the Senate.

Directives

The following directives of TU Graz are decided upon by the Senate: 

 

 

 

Degrees and University Certificate Programmes

The documents mentioned are available for designing and changing curricula.

For Bachelor’s, Master’s and Diploma Degree Programmes

For Doctoral Programmes

For University Certificate Programmes, University Courses, Courses and Seminars

Cooperation in Austria

Conference of Senate Chairpersons at Austrian Universities

This is attended by chairpersons of senates and their deputies from public universities in Austria.

Conference of Senate Chairpersons at Austrian Universities: Die Konferenz der Senatsvorsitzenden

Österreichischen Hochschulkonferenz (Austrian University Conference)

Members of the Senate participate in the Austrian university conference and its work groups.

To Austrian University Conferende: Österreichische Hochschulkonferenz