The senate is the university's academic decision-making body which is responsible for teaching and research and development work at the university and which should ensure high quality of work in those areas. The senate adopts the statutes of the university and submits these to the council for approval. The senate has the power to exercise a one-time veto in respect of a council resolution by which the university's budget is adopted.
The senate is composed of the rector as its chair and of up to 21 members who are elected by the lecturers and research staff of the university and of whom at least five must be students. Four members are elected by the teaching and research staff to represent each faculty.
Senat ChairToomas Asser, Rector of the University of Tartu, Professor of Neurosurgery
Renate Pajusalu, Professor of General Linguistics, Institute of Estonian and General LinguisticsAivar Kriiska, Professor of Laboratory Archaeology, Institute of History and ArchaeologyRaili Marling, Professor of English, College of Foreign Languages and CulturesAve Matsin, Lecturer in Estonian Native Textile, Viljandi Culture Academy
Urmas Varblane, Professor of International Business, School of Economics and Business AdministrationKairi Kreegipuu, Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology; Senior Research Fellow of Experimental Psychology, Institute of PsychologyMaaja Vadi, Professor of Management, School of Economics and Business AdministrationMarju Luts-Sootak, Professor of Legal History, School of Law
Külli Kingo, Professor in Dermatology and Venereology, Institute of Clinical MedicineMihkel Zilmer, Professor of Medical Biochemistry, Institute of Biomedicine and Translational MedicinePärt Peterson, Professor of Molecular Immunology, Institute of Biomedicine and Translational MedicineTanel Laisaar, Associate Professor in Thoracic Surgery
Krista Fischer, Professor of Mathematical Statistics; Senior Research Fellow of Biostatistics, Institute of Mathematics and Statistics; Institute of GenomicsTõnu Meidla, Professor of Palaeontology and Stratigraphy, Institute of Ecology and Earth SciencesPeeter Burk, Professor of Chemical Physics, Institute of ChemistryMarco Kirm, Professor in Experimental Physics, Institute of Physics
Karl Lembit Laane, Faculty of Arts and HumanitiesKerdo Kristjan Tamm, Faculty of Arts and HumanitiesTrine Tamm, Faculty of Social SciencesRait Bessonov, Faculty of MedicineMari-Ann Lind, Faculty of Science and Technology
Additional information: Tõnis Karki, Academic Secretary, +372 737 5605