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University Senate

Members of the »Hochschulsenat«

Chairperson
Martin Köttering, president


Deputy chairman
Ingo Offermanns, vice president


Deputy chairwoman
Dr Bettina Uppenkamp, vice president


Faculty group
Raimund Bauer / Pia Stadtbäumer
Werner Büttner / Anselm Reyle
Annika Larsson / Michaela Melián
Ingo Offermanns / Heike Mutter
Dr. Hanne Loreck / Dr. Bettina Uppenkamp
Jesko Fezer / Dr. Friedrich von Borries
co-opted: Udo Engel / Angela Schanelec

Academic staff group
Tim Albrecht / Birgit Brandis
Lutz Jelinski / Marie Sorgenfrei

Student group
Mona Rizaj / Simone Ballüer

Nikita Kotliar / Marlon Weber

Technical, library and administrative staff group
Bärbel Hartje / Jan-Peter Wunder

Delegates for Equality
Dr. Anja Steidinger / Heike Mutter

Scheduled Meetings

WiSe 2020/2021: 28 January

SoSe 2021: 22 April; 20 May; 24 June

at 2 pm, Aula Lerchenfeld

Tasks assigned to the University Senate

  • making decisions concerning the basic regulations and other regulations, insofar as these regulations do not specify any other responsibility,
  • selection or deselection of the president as well as participation in the appointment of the Hochschulrat,
  • confirming vice-presidents in office,
  • making decisions concerning arrangement, alteration and internal structure of autonomous departments, insofar as the decision does not belong to the appropriate faculty council,
  • making decisions concerning structure and development plans and their implementation in accordance with the Hochschulrat (University Council),
  • making decisions on the institution, alteration and cancellation of study programmes,
  • Implementation of appointment committees, deciding on appointments and putting forward proposals for bestowing the academic title »Professor«,
  • Passing of directives aimed at promoting equality, putting forward of plans to encourage women and electing the delegate for equality,
  • electing the delegate for the disabled,
  • advising on basic principles for equipping the University and allocation of resources,
  • advising on budget plans,
  • advising on fee regulations,
  • advising on the Präsidium’s annual report,
  • conferral of academic honours.


The student senate members are elected for one calendar year; the other members for two years each. The senators are elected by their electoral group at the end of the year in accordance with the HFBK's election regulations.

Ausstellungsansicht "Schule der Folgenlosigkeit. Übungen für ein anderes Leben" im Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg; photo: Maximilian Schwarzmann

School of No Consequences

Everyone is talking about consequences: The consequences of climate change, the Corona pandemic or digitalization. Friedrich von Borries (professor of design theory), on the other hand, is dedicated to consequence-free design. In “School of No Consequences. Exercises for a New Life” at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, he links collection objects with a "self-learning room" set up especially for the exhibition in such a way that a new perspective on "sustainability" emerges and supposedly universally valid ideas of a "proper life" are questioned.

Annual Exhibition 2021 at the HFBK

Annual exhibition a bit different: From February 12- 14, 2021 students at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts, together with their professors, had developed a variety of presentations on different communication channels. The formats ranged from streamed live performances to video programs, radio broadcasts, a telephone hotline, online conferences, and a web store for editions. In addition, isolated interventions could be discovered in the outdoor space of the HFBK and in the city.

Public Information Day 2021

How do I become an art student? How does the application process work? Can I also study to become a teacher at the HFBK? These and other questions about studying art were answered by professors, students and staff at the HFBK during the Public Information Day on February 13, 2021. In addition, there will be an appointment specifically for English-speaking prospective students on February 23 at 2 pm.

Katja Pilipenko

Semestereröffnung und Hiscox-Preisverleihung 2020

On the evening of November 4, the HFBK celebrated the opening of the academic year 2020/21 as well as the awarding of the Hiscox Art Prize in a livestream - offline with enough distance and yet together online.

photo: Tim Albrecht

Art defies Corona: Graduate Show 2020

With a two-month delay, the Graduate Show took place this year on the 19 and 20 September. More than 140 students showed their artistic graduation projects, from painting to sound installation.

Exhibition Transparencies with works by Elena Crijnen, Annika Faescke, Svenja Frank, Francis Kussatz, Anne Meerpohl, Elisa Nessler, Julia Nordholz, Florentine Pahl, Cristina Rüesch, Janka Schubert, Wiebke Schwarzhans, Rosa Thiemer, Lea van Hall. Organized by Prof. Verena Issel and Fabian Hesse; photo: Screenshot

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

How the university brings together its artistic interdisciplinary study structure with digital formats and their possibilities.

Alltagsrealität oder Klischee?; photo: Tim Albrecht

HFBK Graduate Survey

Studying art - and what comes next? The clichéd images stand their ground: Those who have studied art either become taxi drivers, work in a bar or marry rich. But only very few people could really live from art – especially in times of global crises. The HFBK Hamburg wanted to know more about this and commissioned the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg to conduct a broad-based survey of its graduates from the last 15 years.

Ausstellung Social Design, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Teilansicht; photo: MKG Hamburg

How political is Social Design?

Social Design, as its own claim is often formulated, wants to address social grievances and ideally change them. Therefore, it sees itself as critical of society – and at the same time optimizes the existing. So what is the political dimension of Social Design – is it a motor for change or does it contribute to stabilizing and normalizing existing injustices?