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Membership 2023/24


Professor Daniel Branch

Deputy Chair

Lee Griffin

The Vice-Chancellor

Professor Stuart Croft

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

Professor David Lambert (Arts)

Dr Nikola Chmel (Science, Engineering and Medicine)

Professor Caroline Elliott (Social Sciences)

Four members of academic staff appointed by the Senate:

Professor Martin Wills

Dr Emily Henderson



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

Dr Ross Forman (Arts)

Dr Xiaodong Lin (Arts)

Professor Mark Steel (Science, Engineering and Medicine)

Dr Claire Bastie (Science, Engineering and Medicine)

Professor Elizabeth Stanway (Science, Engineering and Medicine)

Professor Stephanie Schnurr (Social Sciences)

Dr Daniel Matthews (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

Professor Kurt Debattista

Dr Natasha Khovanova

Professor Graeme McDonald

Professor Davide Nicolini

One CDT Representative from the Sciences

Professor Michael Tildesley

One CDT Representative from the Social Sciences and Arts

Ashleigh Skelhorn

Dean of Students

Rachel Dickinson

A Representative from the Library

Karen Jackson

Research Development Manager

Michele Underwood

A Representative from Student Opportunity

Anne Wilson

A representative from the Academic Development Centre

Sara Hattersley

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

Vaishnavi Ravi

Holly Roffe

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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 CommitteeLink opens in a new window, 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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