Welcome to the Senate of the University of Bonn

The Senate is one of the central bodies of the University. In accordance with the Constitution of the University of Bonn, the Senate is made up of 24 voting members.  Members of the Rectorate, the deans of the seven faculties, the University Gender Equality Commissioner, the chairpersons of the two staff councils, a representative from the Office of Disability Resources, the Representative for Students with Disabilities or Chronic Illnesses and the chairperson of the General Students’ Committee also sit on the senate as non-voting advisory members. The Senate is chaired by a voting member drawn from the professorial representatives.

The Tasks of the Senate

The tasks of the Senate are established in the Higher Education Act and the Constitution of the University of Bonn. In accordance with § 22 paragraph 1 of the Higher Education Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Hochschulgesetz - HG) the Senate is responsible for the following issues:

  1. Participating in the University electoral assembly for the purpose of electing and deselecting members of the Rectorate.
  2. Issuing a statement on the annual report from the Rectorate.
  3. Issuing and altering the University Statute, framework regulations and regulations for the University unless this law specifies otherwise.
  4. Providing approval for planning principles as defined by § 16 paragraph 1a sentence 1.
  5. Issuing recommendations and statements relating to the draft of the University Development Plan in accordance with § 16 paragraph 1a and the University Agreement in accordance with § 6 paragraph 3, relating to the evaluation reports in accordance with § 7 paragraphs 2 and 3, to the budget plan, the principles for awarding posts and funding to the departments, central research institutes, central operating units and the medical units.
  6. Issuing recommendations and statements in matters relating to research, art, teaching and studying, which apply to the entire university or central units or which are of principal significance.

The work of the Senate is laid out in its rules of procedure.

Senate meeting on January 31, 2019 © Volker Lannert/Universität Bonn

The Senate Chairperson

The Senate chairperson is Prof. Dr. Rainer Hüttemann, managing director of the Institute of Tax Law.

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The deputy chairperson of the Senate is Prof. Dr. Gisela Muschiol, Professor of Medieval and Modern Church History in the Faculty of Catholic Theology.

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Senate office

You can contact the Senate office via Section 1.1 Academic Matters of the University administration:

Contact: Ms Holm

+49 228 / 73-7822



Regina-Pacis-Weg 3
53113 Bonn

Meetings of the Senate: Dates and Minutes

Up-to-date information

The sittings of the Senate will be conducted via Zoom in the foreseeable future. Members[A1]  of the University of Bonn can take part in the public session of the Senate meeting; prior registration is required. Please send an email stating your name and status (e.g. student, employee) to Ms[A2] . Holm in the Senate office: holm@verwaltung.uni-bonn.de. The access codes will be sent after registration.

Meetings of the Senate in summer semester 2021

  • May 6, 2021 Agenda 
  • June 17, 2021
  • July 22, 2021

Meetings in winter semester 2021/2022

  • November 04, 2021
  • December 09, 2021
  • January 27, 2022

Minutes of the Public Session of the Senate

The rule of procedure of the Senate of the University of Bonn from March 18, 2016 state that approved minutes of the public session of the Senate will be made available to all University members. These are to be published in the University of Bonn intranet. This provision does not apply to discussions of Human Resources issues or other confidential matters.

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