The Senate is a central committee of Leipzig University. It plays an essential role in the University’s strategic orientation in research, study and teaching.

Beratunssituation anlässlich der Senatzsitzung sitzen die Vertreter aus Hochschulleitung, Fakultäten und Stuiendenschaft an einem Tisch und beraten sich.
Committee work during the Senate meeting on 16 May 2017. Photo: Swen Reichhold

Function and tasks

The individual responsibilities of the Senate are set forth in Section 81 of the Saxon Freedom of Higher Education Act (SächsHSFG). The responsibilities include the following and other tasks:

The Senate

  • decides in fundamental matters concerning the promotion of young academics and artists, teaching, research, and the arts,
  • formulates principles for the organisation of teaching and studying,
  • decides on the University’s development planning,
  • proposes members for the University Council.

Commissions and committees

The Senate has established the following commissions and committees:

  • Equal Opportunities Committee
  • Election Committee
  • Commission for Investigating Allegations of Academic Misconduct.
Zur Senatssitzung am 16. Mai 2017 sitzen Vertreter der Fakultät am Runden Tisch und besprechen hochschulpolitische Themen. Im Vorderungrund ist Prof. Dr. Rochus Leonhardt zu sehen, der gerade spricht.
Senate meetings serve to discuss issues of University policy. Here Professor Rochus Leonhardt, Dean of the Faculty of Theology, is shown speaking at the meeting on 16 May 2017. Photo: Swen Reichhold

Senate meetings

Senate meetings are open to the University public. This means that all members of Leipzig University (students and staff) can participate in Senate meetings. Personnel matters are not dealt with in public.

  • 22 January 2019
  • 12 February 2019
  • 12 March 2019
  • 9 April 2019
  • 7 May 2019
  • 4 June 2019
  • 2 July 2019
  • 10 September 2019
  • 15 October 2019
  • 12 November 2019
  • 10 December 2019

Meeting dates 2020

  • 21 January 2020
  • 25 February 2020
  • 17 March 2020
  • 7 April 2020
  • 5 May 2020
  • 16 June 2020
  • 14 July 2020
  • 15 September 2020
  • 13 October 2020
  • 10 November 2020
  • 8 December 2020

Senate members

Senate members with voting rights (senators) are elected. They represent university lecturers, academic staff, students and other staff in the Senate.

Our university’s Rector, Vice-Rectors, Head of Administration and Finance, deans, Commissioner for Equal Opportunities and representatives of the Student Council are non-voting members of the Senate who act in an advisory capacity. The Rector prepares the meetings of the Senate and its commissions and chairs the Senate meetings.

University lecturers

  • Professor Claus Altmayer, Faculty of Philology
  • Professor Barbara Drinck, Faculty of Education
  • Professor Gotthold Gäbel, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Professor Gerhard Heyer, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Professor Josef Alfons Käs, Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences
  • Professor Kai von Klitzing, Faculty of Medicine
  • Professor Anja Mehnert, Faculty of Medicine
  • Professor Matthias Middell, Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy
  • Professor Rebecca Pates PhD, Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy
  • Professor Charlotte Schubert, Faculty of History, Arts and Oriental Studies
  • Professor Frank Zöllner, Faculty of History, Arts and Oriental Studies

Academic staff

  • Dr Martina Emsel, Faculty of Philology
  • Dr Bert R. E. Klagges, Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Dr Thomas Riemer, Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr Alexander Yendell, Faculty of Medicine


  • Vanessa Fuguero, Faculty of Philology
  • Nastja Hentschel, Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Jules Oumard, Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences
  • Hans Schneider, Faculty of Medicine

Other staff

  • Charlotte Bauer, University Library
  • Markus Lorenz, Faculty of Life Sciences


  • Professor Beate A. Schücking, Rector
  • Professor Thomas Hofsäss, Vice-Rector for Education and International Affairs
  • Professor Erich Schröger, Vice-Rector for Research and Young Academics
  • Professor Thomas Lenk, Vice-Rector for Development and Transfer
  • Professor Birgit Dräger, Head of Administration and Finance


  • Professor Rochus Leonhardt, Faculty of Theology
  • Professor Tim Drygala, Faculty of Law
  • Professor Rose Marie Beck, Faculty of History, Arts and Oriental Studies
  • Professor Beat Siebenhaar, Faculty of Philology
  • Professor Simone Reinhold, Faculty of Education
  • Professor Roger Berger, Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy
  • Professor Uwe Vollmer, Faculty of Economics and Management Science
  • Professor Martin Busse, Faculty of Sport Science
  • Professor Christoph Josten, Faculty of Medicine
  • Professor Max-Konstantin von Renesse, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Professor Tilo Pompe, Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Professor Jürgen Haase, Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences
  • Professor Norbert Sträter, Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy
  • Professor Walter Brehm, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Commissioner for Equal Opportunities

  • Georg Teichert

Representative of the Student Council

  • Fabian Tronicke

Permanent guest

  • Carsten Heckmann, Department of University Communications

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