Governance Structures - Senate

The Senate approves all academic programmes and academic-related work, including teaching-learning, research and innovation and implementation of expertise (incorporating community engagement programmes). Senate, being accountable to Council, also performs any other function assigned to it by Council.

The NWU Senate was constituted on 23 August 2017 in terms of the NWU Statute as gazetted on 24 March 2017.


Nomination of a member of the NWU Senate from the ranks of the permanent1 support employees in terms of paragraph 14(1)(k) of the Statute

The first term of Dr GI (Gerhard) du Plesiss as Senate member will come to an end on 19 July 2023 due to the effluxion of time. A nomination process is now commencing to fill the imminent vacancy.

Nominations are hereby invited for the election of a person from the ranks of the permanent1 support employees as member of the NWU Senate in terms of paragraph 14(1)(k) of the Statute and the Rules for the nomination, election, designation and appointment of Senate members as approved by the Senate on 23 February 2022.

Written nominations in the format provided are awaited via upload on Nextcloud at A motivation and statement by the nominee not exceeding 50 words regarding his or her objectives if elected should also accompany the nomination form.

Click here for the notice and filliable PDF nomination form (you must download the document in order to complete the form).

Closing date for nominations16:30 on Friday 10 February 2023.





 1  For purposes of participating in this election process, an eligible employee is a permanent employee (has no service end date other than retirement) and any other employee who has a contract of employment with the University for more than three months.  To be eligible for nomination in this election process, an employee must still have a contract of employment for 3 years or more, as the nominee must be able to serve a full term on Senate (this is linked to the terms on Senate that is three years).