Postgraduate Research Policy Committee
Terms of Reference and Membership 2016-2017
To oversee and promote best practice in all aspects of the University’s provision for postgraduate research students.
- To develop, promote and monitor the implementation of postgraduate research student policies and regulations.
- To work with Colleges to develop a Graduate School postgraduate research strategy.
- To develop and monitor research training strategy for research students.
- To provide support to new initiatives and offer advice on funding bids for research students.
- To develop and monitor policies on supervisory practice and provide support to training events for supervisors.
- To monitor submission and qualification rates for research students.
- To promote and disseminate best practice relating to doctoral studies.
- To develop and monitor policies for research students undertaking teaching and demonstrating duties within the University, including Graduate Teaching/Research Assistants.
- To consider, support, and advise on the performance of Doctoral Training Partnerships, Centres for Doctoral Training, and other equivalent schemes in which the University is a partner.
- To consider, record and address the potential equal opportunity impacts of decisions made by the Committee (in accordance with the due regard provision of the Equality Act 2010).
Constitution and Membership 2016-17
- The Graduate Dean (Chair) (Professor H Atkinson)
- The Director of Postgraduate Research from the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology (Professor D Lambert)
- The Director of Postgraduate Research from the College of Science and Engineering (Dr Csaba Sinka)
- The Co-Directors of Postgraduate Research from the College of Social Science, Arts and Humanities (Dr V Beck, Dr N Christie)
- The Deputy Academic Registrar (Quality and Standards) (Mrs L Masterman)
- Head of Researcher Development, Research Support Services (Dr M Warrier)
- A member of the University Library senior management team (nominated by the University Librarian) (Ms Jo Aitkins)
- A member of the Doctoral Training Partnerships/Centres for Doctoral Training Steering Group (nominated by the Doctoral Training Partnership/Centre for Doctoral Training academic leaders) (Professor M Purnell)
- One research student representative from the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology (Vacancy); One research student representative from the College of Science and Engineering (Ms P Stayanova, 2016); Two research student representatives from the College of Social Science, Arts and Humanities (Ms A George, Vacancy)
Duration of appointment
Members appointed under (a) to (g) are ex-officio. Members appointed under (h) shall serve for 3 years, renewable, but maximum length of service is normally 6 years. Members appointed under (i) normally serve for 1 year.
Researcher Development Team, Research and Enterprise Division
Frequency of meetings
The Committee will normally meet at least six times in each academic year.