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Senate of Paderborn University Show image information

Senate of Paderborn University

Photo: Paderborn University, Thorsten Hennig


The Senate represents all university groups.

The Senate has the following duties:

  1. participation by its members in the University Electoral Committee in the election and deselection of members to the Executive Board;
  2. opinion on the annual report of the Executive Board;
  3. enactment and amendments to the university constitution, as well as other university regulations unless otherwise stipulated by the Higher Education Act;
  4. approval of planning principles within the meaning of section 16 (1a) sentence 1 of the Higher Education Act;
  5. recommendations and statements on the draft of the Higher Education Development Plan and agreement on objectives, on evaluation reports, on financial plans, and on basic resource allocation within the University, faculties, central scientific institutions and central operating units;
  6. recommendations and opinions regarding matters of research, art, teaching and studies that affect the entire University, central institutions or are of fundamental importance;
  7. approval for appointment proposals to fill professorships within the meaning of section 38 (3) of the Higher Education Act.


President Prof. Dr. Birgitt Riegraf

Professorial Representatives
Prof. Dr. Margreth Egidi
Prof. Dr. Gregor Engels
Prof. Dr. Bernd Henning
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Klüners  
Prof. Dr. H.-Hugo Kremer
Prof. Alexandra Kürtz
Prof. Dr. Cedrik Meier
Prof. Dr. Claudia Tenberge
Prof. Dr. Merle Tönnies (Senate Speaker, E-Mail)
Prof. Dr. Ansgar Trächtler
Prof. Dr. André Uhde
Prof. Dr. Jutta Weber

Academic Staff Representatives
Dr. Daniela Berner-Zumpf
Dr. Benjamin Brecht (Deputy Senate Speaker, E-Mail)
Vivienne Kannengießer
Dirk Prior
Tobias Cord-Landwehr
Aleen Wittke

Further Staff Representatives
Thomas Arens
Dr. Johanna Braukmann
Karsten Mette
Svenja Schaefer

Student Representatives
Moritz Bunse
Gerrit Pape
Nicolas Potthast
Svetlana Hardeweg
Lukas Ostermann
Adrian Samir Block

Ex Officio Members (non-voting)

  • The Vice-President of Operations
  • The Vice-Presidents
  • The Deans
  • The Equal Opportunities Officer
  • The Chairman of the Student Union
  • The Chairman of the Worker’s Council
  • The Severely Disabled Employee Officer
  • The Representative for Students with Handicap or Chronic Disease
  • The Chairperson of the Representation of the interests of Student Assistants

The student representatives are elected for a term of one year and the other members for a term of two years.

Cordula Stratmann (Administrative Office 2.4, protocol)


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