Statutory Bodies and Committees

Faculty/School Doctoral Studies Committee

The Faculty/School Studies Committees are responsible to the University Doctoral Studies Committees for quality and academic standards of doctoral study within the Faculty/School. They are responsible for providing specialist advice in respect of the progression of individual doctoral students to the Board of Studies (Doctoral) and for liaising with Faculty/School Boards of Studies on matters concerning the quality and strategic direction of doctoral study at faculty level.

Committee members

(Faculty)

Chair, Associate Dean (Research) ex officio
Faculty Director of Doctoral Studies ex officio
Director of Studies for doctoral students from each of the Departments in the Faculty ex officio
One student member who shall be a doctoral student elected through the SU by and from the doctoral students in the faculty  

(School)

Chair - Associate Dean (Research) ex officio  
School Director of Doctoral Studies ex officio
Director of Studies for doctoral students from each of the named research programmes in the school ex officio  
One student member who shall be a doctoral student elected through the SU and by and from the doctoral students in the school  

 In attendance (Faculty/School)

Professor C Mitchell Academic Director of Doctoral College or nominee ex officio
Mr L Emery Students' Union Postgraduate Officer ex officio

Terms of Reference

Revised by Senate 7 June 2017,

1. To ensure that the institutional quality assurance framework and academic standards for doctoral study are effectively implemented across all areas of the Faculty/School, making regular reports to the University Doctoral Studies Committee and Faculty/School Boards of Studies and instigating remedial action as necessary.

2. To be responsible (in liaison with the Faculty/School Board of Studies) for the implementation of the University's academic strategy for doctoral study at faculty/school level.

3. To develop and implement local action plans (taking due account of student feedback and surveys) to enhance the experience of doctoral students and the doctoral research environment in the Faculty/School including:

  1. dissemination of good practice throughout the Faculty/School
  2. local induction arrangements
  3. specific skills and development opportunities relevant to the field of research
  4. integration with Faculty/School/Departmental research community and external communities relevant to the field of research
  5. provision of local facilities appropriate to programmes of research and in accordance with defined institutional minimum levels.

4. To advise UDSC on the recruitment of doctoral students in the Faculty/School including opportunities for new provision, marketing strategies and scholarship strategy.

5. Upon referral, to provide specialist advice to the Board of Studies (Doctoral) in respect of the progression of specific students registered on doctoral degrees within the Faculty/School.

6. To recommend named candidature forms (including the supervisory team) for approval by the Board of Studies (Doctoral).