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Membership 2020/21


Professor Colin Sparrow

Deputy Chair

Christopher Bisping

The Vice-Chancellor

Professor Stuart Croft

The Chairs or Deputy Chairs of the Faculty Education Committees of the the Faculty Boards:

Professor Jennifer Burns (Arts)

Professor Martin Wills (Science, Engineering and Medicine)

Dr Naomi Waltham-Smith (Social Sciences)

Four members of academic staff appointed by the Senate:

Dr David Wright




Seven members of academic staff, two appointed by each of the Boards of the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, and three appointed by the Board of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine normally from members of the Faculty Education Committee of the Faculty Board

Professor Joanne Garde-Hansen (Arts)

Dr Pietari Kappa (Arts)

Professor Mark Steel (Science, Engineering and Medicine)

Dr Debbi Marais (Science, Engineering and Medicine)

Dr James Lloyd-Hughes (Science, Engineering and Medicine)

Dr Jennifer Smith (Social Sciences)

Dr John Snape (Social Sciences)

One postgraduate student appointed by each of the Boards of the Faculties:

TBC (Arts)

TBC (Social Sciences)

TBC (Science, Engineering and Medicine)

Up to four co-opted members of academic staff subject to the approval of the Senate

Dr Kurt Debattista

Dr Peter Gammon

Dr Emma Francis

Professor Davide Nicolini

One CDT Representative from the from the Sciences

Professor Jose Rodrigo

One CDT Representative from the from the Social Sciences and Arts

Professor Jon Coaffee

Dean of Students

Dr Rebecca Freeman

A Representative from the Library

Ant Brewerton

Research Development Manager

Michele Underwood

A Representative from Student Opportunity

Roberta Wooldridge Smith

A representative from the Academic Development Centre

Sara Hattersley

Up to two co-opted students, subject to the approval of the Senate

Shingai Dzumbira

Alex Baker

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Terms of Reference

(i) To regulate the admission of students to research degrees, in accordance with our regulations governing Postgraduate degrees, the initial conditions of registration and any change to these conditions.
(ii) To make recommendations to the Education Committee and Research Committee, after consultation with the Faculty Boards, Departments and Faculty Education Committees, if appropriate, on all matters to do with postgraduate research study in the University.
(iii) To make recommendations on the appropriate provision of academic resources and social facilities for postgraduate research students in the University.
(iv) To make awards established from University funds to postgraduate research students and to nominate postgraduate research students for graduate awards made by external bodies.
(v) To advise the Education Committee and Research Committee on any general or specific strategic considerations regarding graduate study.

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Reporting Structure

The Board of Graduate Studies reports to the Education Committee and Research Committee, directly and via the Academic Quality and Standards Committee.

Click here to see a diagrammatic representation of the Committee Structure.

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Secretary: Rhiannon Martyn, Senior Assistant Registrar (Graduate School)
Assistant Secretary: Laura Larard, Administrative Officer, Academic Office

Correspondence should be sent to

Papers for consideration by the Board of Graduate Studies should be submitted to the Secretary two weeks in advance of the meeting at which they are to be considered.

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Dates of meetings of the Board of Graduate Studies can be found within the University Committee Timetable.

Click here to access minutes of previous meetings.

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