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Membership 2015/16

Dr Simon Lewis

Department of Chemistry

Dr Sergey Gordeev

Department of Physics

Dr James Laird

Department of Computer Science

Dr James Doughty

Department of Biology & Biochemistry

Dr Lorenzo Caggiano

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology

Dr Adrian Hill

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Professor Sue Wonnacott (Chair)

Associate Dean (Graduate Studies)





Student Representative


Jodi Walsh

 Department of  Physics



In attendance


Mr Simon Gane

Graduate School Manager

Miss Ceri Dibble

Programmes Officer (Secretary)


Dates of meetings 2015/6

All meetings start at 12:30pm


8th October 2015

WH 3.36


17th November 2015

WH 3.36


14th December 2015

WH 3.36


3rd February 2016

WH 3.36


15th March 2016

WH 3.36


5th May 2016

WH 3.36

 Monday20th June 2016 WH 3.36 


Terms of reference of Faculty Research Students' Committee

The Faculty/School Research Students Committee will be responsible to the Board of Studies for overseeing all matters concerning postgraduate research students, including:

PROGRESSION: detailed consideration and monitoring of the progression of students registered on research degrees on behalf of the Board of Studies (with the exception of final approval of the recommendations of Boards of Examiners, which remains the responsibility of the Board of Studies, both for progression to/confirmation of PhD registration, and for final awards); this includes initial consideration of MPhil/PhD transfer/confirmation, approval of named candidature forms as well as monitoring of progress reports on at least an annual basis, in accordance with the requirements of the Regulations and QA statements; recommend appropriate action where this is required and promote dissemination of good practice in respect of all aspects of research student progression; approval of restriction of access to theses up to a maximum of three years;

ANNUAL MONITORING AND REVIEW, INCLUDING STATISTICAL PERFORMANCE INDICATORS: review and monitoring of research degree provision (including completion, submission and attrition rates)

SYSTEMATIC ANALYSIS OF FEEDBACK: from a range of internal and external stakeholders; for example from, but not limited to, Research Councils, HEFCE, external examiners, directors of studies and postgraduate research students; taking appropriate action in response to such feedback in order to improve provision;

INDUCTION: reviewing the provision of induction activities in the Faculty/School on an annual basis;

GENERIC SKILLS TRAINING: monitoring take-up and effectiveness of Generic Skills Training within the Faculty/School;

SUPERVISION: monitoring and ensuring provision of consistently high quality supervision for all research students within the Faculty/School, ensuring that individual supervisors do not assume responsibility for supervising inappropriately large numbers of students;

RECRUITMENT AND ADMISSIONS: the overview at Faculty/School level of postgraduate research student recruitment and admissions;

TAUGHT COMPONENTS OF RESEARCH DEGREES: Monitoring quality and effectiveness of taught course components of research programmes within the Faculty/School by receiving reports from unit boards where appropriate and where necessary recommending changes.

COLLABORATIVE PROVISION: consideration of proposed collaborative provision for recommendation to the Programmes and Partnerships Approval Committee.


Membership: The term of office for the elected members of the Committee is one year (renewable). In the event that an elected member ceases to be eligible to serve, a replacement to serve for the remainder of their term of office will be elected (eligible for re-election).

Co-option: At the discretion of the Committee. Co-option shall be for one year at a time and for a maximum period of three successive years; thereafter, a member shall not be eligible for co-option for a period of one year.

Alternates: If an ex-officio member of the Committee is unable to attend a meeting, they may nominate an alternate to attend that meeting.

Quorum: One third of the membership of the Committee.

Rules for Voting: None

Minutes: Submitted to the Faculty/School Board of Studies and University Research Students Committee.

Revised by Senate wef 1st August 2012, 15th October 2014


Reporting Mechanisms
The Faculty Research Students' Committee will report to the Faculty Board of Studies via its minutes. It will receive the minutes of the relevant Departmental research students committees.

Minutes of Meetings







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