Faculty Graduate School Committees

Faculty Graduate School Committees oversee Faculty-level strategy and operations on all matters relating to postgraduate researcher and postgraduate researchers.    Their common core terms of reference give all faculties a clear route of communication to Graduate Board.

The remit of these committees includes ensuring the quality of research training and supervision of postgraduate researchers, making recommendations to Graduate Board in relation to policy and the development of new programmes, appointing Directors of PGR Studies, liaising with external bodies such as Research Councils, and considering general issues relating to postgraduate researchers in the faculty.

Current terms of reference

Faculty Graduate School Committees oversee Faculty-level strategy and operations on all matters relating to postgraduate research and postgraduate researchers, as set out below.  Specifically Graduate School Committees:

  1. discuss PGR strategy and policy, responding to issues raised by and making recommendations to Graduate Board;
  2. discuss and determine the strategic priorities of the Faculty in relation to PGR, making recommendations to the Faculty's annual IPE planning process;
  3. make recommendations to Graduate Board (or to the relevant Group of the Board) on the development of new research degree programmes, the withdrawal of any such programmes, and the amendment of existing programmes, and on issues of policy relating to research degree programmes;  
  4. take responsibility for ensuring the quality of the research training and supervision of PGRs in the Faculty in line with the University's Code of Practice for Research Degree Candidature;
  5. maintain oversight of PGR candidatures, including the monitoring of successful progression and completion rates and responding to any emerging issues identified by the PGR Programmes and Quality Group;
  6. consider reports arising from institutional reviews of PGR activities, oversee the drawing-up of a suitable action plan, and submit a report on actions taken to the PGR Programmes and Quality Group and to Graduate Board;
  7. recommend the appointment of Directors of PGR Studies to Graduate Board;
  8. identify and implement opportunities, alongside those promoted by the Doctoral College to enhance the PGR experience.  Such opportunities include those formed by PGR feedback;
  9. liaise with the Doctoral College and Research and Innovation Service colleagues to raise awareness of external funding opportunities for PGR;
  10. oversee Faculty PGR recruitment strategy, in consultation with the Doctoral College and other relevant University or Faculty services;
  11. allocate any funds provided by the Faculty for Postgraduate Studentships or for other purposes (travel grants, hardship funds, and so on), as reserved business, and to determine Faculty priorities in relation to Scholarship candidates in University competitions.

Current chairs of Faculty Graduate School Committees

AHC: Mic Spencer
Biological Sciences:  Alan Berry 
Business: Nick Williams (Acting Head)
Social Sciences: Stuart Lister
Engineering and Physical Sciences: Richard Hall (Engineering) and Stuart Barber (Physical Sciences)
Environment: Pippa Chapman
Medicine and Health: Paul Marshall

Members

Chair:  Head of the Faculty Graduate School
Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation (ex officio)
Director of PGR Studies from each of the Schools in the Faculty (or other academic units)
Faculty Representatives on the Groups of the Graduate Board 

Faculty  Graduate School Manager

Head of Doctoral College Operations

One or more PGR reps, as appropriate (the FGSC should not act as a PGR:Staff Forum; if this is required it should be held separately from the FGSC meeting

Other members as relevant within an individual Faculty (may include DTP/CDT managers and/or directors, and other interested parties as appropriate)