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Board of the Graduate Research School

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Board of the Graduate Research School Members



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Rebecca Stuart-Coombe, Executive Officer for the Board of the Graduate Research School.

Heather Williams, Executive Officer, Higher Degree Research Scholarships Committee.

Maxine Cutter, Executive Officer for the Coursework Scholarships Sub-Committee.

Constitution of the Board of the Graduate Research School.

Board of the Graduate Research School

1. The role of the Board of the Graduate Research School is to—

(a) advise and make recommendations to the Academic Council and/or other University bodies or officers, as appropriate, on matters relating to postgraduate research, research training and supervision within the University;

(b) deal exclusively with all matters relating to the admission, enrolment, supervision and examination of candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and the degrees of Master by Research by thesis as are approved by the Academic Board;

(c) ensure the maintenance of high standards in the University's research degrees by monitoring the completion times, quality of supervision and skills acquisition of candidates enrolled in them;

(d) monitor standards in, and relativities between, the professional doctorates offered by the University and recommend to the Academic Council necessary action to ensure that appropriate standards and relativities are maintained;

(e) monitor and report to the Academic Council on compliance with the University Policy on: Graduate Research Training;

(f) facilitate and encourage interdisciplinary and cross-school programs of postgraduate research studies;

(g) promulgate examples of best practice in all aspects of postgraduate research education;

(h) provide advice and support to the Dean, Graduate Research and Postdoctoral Training in fostering the welfare of postgraduate research students.

2. The board comprises:

(a) the Dean, Graduate Research as Chair;

(b) the Chair of the Academic Board or nominee;

(c) Associate Deans (Research) from each of the four faculties;

(d) three appointees by election of the Academic Board;

(e) the President of the Postgraduate Students' association or nominee;

(f) the Graduate Education Officer;

(g) co-opted members if required for balance or specific expertise.

3.(a) Appointed members have a three-year term of office but may be reappointed at the end of that period.

(b) Co-opted members are appointed for one year.

4. The Board elects a deputy chair annually from among its members.

5. The President of the Postgraduate Students' Association does not attend that part of meetings in which individual student matters are discussed.

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Quorum

6. The quorum for the Board is half the number of members plus one.

Decisions

7.(1) All questions which come before the Board are decided by a majority of the members present and voting.

(2) The chair of the meeting has an ordinary vote and a casting vote. 

Frequency of meetings

8. The Board normally meets once every two months.

Delegation to Chair

9.(1) The Chair of the Board of Graduate Research School has delegated authority from the Academic Council to approve co‐tutelles, joint and double‐badged PhD programs.

(2) Where major changes to the course rules of existing RTS compliant courses (such as master’s degree courses by thesis and coursework and faculty administered doctoral degree courses) comply with approved policy, the Chair of the Board of Graduate Research School has delegated authority to endorse such changes and steer them direct to the Academic Council for consideration.

(3) The Committee delegates to the Chair, the responsibility to consider and approve minor curriculum changes or administrative changes to the course rules of RTS compliant courses (such as master’s degree courses by thesis and coursework and faculty administered doctoral degree courses) as part of the annual curriculum change process or the fast‐track process.

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