Senate

  • Members / Contact

    Term of office: 1 Oct. 2016 – 30 Sep. 2018 (student members: 1 Oct. 2017 – 30 Sep. 2018)

    Deputy chairperson: Prof. Dr. Georg Peters

    Members

    University professors

    Prof. Dr. Karin Böllert (Chair)
    Prof. Dr. Heike Bungert
    Prof. Dr. Cornelia Denz
    Prof. Dr. Regina Grundmann
    Prof. Dr. Reinhard Hoeps
    Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Kirsch
    Prof. Dr. Jens Leker
    Prof. Dr. Mario Ohlberger
    Prof. Dr. Georg Peters
    Prof. Dr. Michael Schäfers
    Prof. Dr. Petra Scheutzel
    Prof. Dr. Hinnerk Wißmann

    Academic staff:

    Dr. Michael Räckers
    Dr. Lars Lemcke
    Dr. Katrin Späte
    Dr. Oliver Rubner (Chair)

    Students:

    Paul Seeliger
    Helana Blum
    Niklas Haarbusch
    Marcel Macke

    Technical and administrative staff:

    Heinz Rensmann (Chair)
    Anna Laura Gausling
    Astrid Heitmann

    Contacting your Senate representatives

    The Senate of the University of Münster is comprised of various staff groups whose members and spokespersons are available for questions and suggestions regarding Senate decisions and activities.

    If you are interested in participating in a Senate committee, or even a Rectorate committee, please contact the respective group spokesperson. New committee members are generally elected at the end of the term of office or during the first Senate session at the beginning of the new term of office. You can find the terms of office for each committee on its respective webpage and the dates of the upcoming Senate meetings on the Senate webpages.

    Please send your emails, questions and petitions regarding Senate matters to the Office for Committee Support, Academic Affairs and Elections (Dept. 1.1):

    Coordination/Administrative contact

    Lena Mörtenkötter, Dept. 1.1
    Tel: +49 251 83-21431
    Schlossplatz 2, 48149 Münster

    Meeting protocols

    You can download the protocols of the public part of the Senate meetings here [de].

    Dates of the upcoming Senate meetings /  Editorial plan for the submission of meeting documents [de]

    § 20  Rules of procedure [de] of the Senate:
    The Senate meetings – as subject to § 21 – are open to the public insofar as seating is available.

      
    Wednesday, 11 Oct. 2017     4 pm    Senate hall
    Wednesday, 12 Dec. 2017    4 pm    Senate hall
    Wednesday, 24 Jan. 2018     4 pm    Senate hall

    Wednesday, 18 Apr. 2017     4 pm    Senate hall
    Wednesday, 06  Jun. 2017    4 pm    Senate hall
    Wednesday, 18  Jul. 2017     4 pm    Senate hall

  • Senate committees

    The Senate has the authority within its scope of responsibilities to establish committees to carry out tasks which are limited in focus and duration. The composition of these committees should correspond to that of the Senate. Deviations of this rule may be permitted by the Senate if approved by the majority of the members of all groups.
    The staff groups make suggestions on how the committees should be comprised.

  • General information

    Responsibilities

    The responsibilities of the Senate are specified in the Higher Education Act and the statutes of the University of Münster. In accordance with §22 sect. 1 of the Higher Education Act, the Senate is responsible for the following matters:

    1. confirming the election of members to the Rectorate and making recommendations to the University Council regarding their dismissal
    2. issuing a statement in response to the annual report of the Rectorate
    3. enacting and amending the University statutes (constitution), framework ordinances and University regulations insofar as these do not conflict with provisions of the Higher Education Act
    4. making recommendations and stating positions on the Higher Education Development Plan and the target agreement, evaluation reports, the annual budget, the principles of allocating personnel and material funding to the faculties, central academic facilities, central business units and the medical facilities

    The public part of the Senate meetings is open to the members, staff and employees of the University of Münster, press and broadcasters insofar as seating is available.

    Composition

    The Senate is comprised of 23 voting members (Art. 7 of the statutes of the University of Münster). These include:

    1. twelve representatives of the group of professors
    2. four representatives of the group of academic staff
    3. four representatives of the group of students
    4. three representatives of the group of technical and administrative staff

    The following non-voting members are permitted to participate in the Senate meetings:

    • members of the Rectorate
    • heads of the faculties
    • Equal Opportunity Officer
    • Representative of the Severely Disabled
    • chairpersons of the Academic and Non-Academic Staff Councils
    • chairperson of the General Students' Committee (AStA)

    Term of office

    University professors, academic staff and non-academic staff in technical and administrative units are instated for two years (1 Oct. 2016 – 30 Sep. 2018) and student representatives for one year (1 Oct. 2016 – 30 Sep. 2017).

    Senate committees

    The Senate has the authority within its scope of responsibility to establish committees to carry out tasks which are limited in focus and duration. The composition of these committees should correspond to that of the Senate. Abrogrations to this rule may be permitted by the Senate if approved by the majority of the members of all groups.
    You can find a list of the current committees under the menu heading "Senate committees".
    The staff groups make suggestions on how the committees should be comprised.

    Legal framework

    Higher Education Act of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
    Statutes [de] of the University of Münster
    Rules of Procedure [de] of the Senate