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Directors of Studies Forum

Information about the DoS (Taught programmes) & DoT Forum and resources for both groups of academic staff.

Members and contact details

The DoS (Taught courses) & DoT Forum run by and for DoS and DoTs of both undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses. The Forum enables more effective communication between DoS and DoTs as well as with the Pro-Vice-Chancellors on learning, teaching, wider student experience and related topics , considers proposals for strategic change, and shares best practice.

The Forum is chaired by a member of the Planning Group, in 2023/24, this is Dr Christine Edmead, Department of Life Sciences, and is attended by Professor Julian Chaudhuri, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) and the Professor Cassie Wilson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience).

For any questions about the forum, please contact Nadine Grimmett, Pathways to HEA Fellowship Programme Administrator.

An overall list of the Directors of Studies is maintained.

To contact all Directors of Teaching, email

To contact all Directors of UG Studies, email

To contact all Directors of PGT Studies, email

To update any of these emails lists as well as the Directors of Doctoral / PGR Studies list please contact Nadine Grimmett

Meeting dates

Forum meetings for Semester 2, 2023/24 are detailed below, as well as the planned Away Day:

Date Time Meeting Venue
Tuesday 19 March 2024 12:15 -14:15 Forum online on Teams
Thursday 9 May 2024 12:15 -14:15 Forum online on Teams
Sem 1 2024-25 Away Day to be confirmed

Annual Away Day

Details for away days will be added through the year, but generally they occur once each semester.

In the meantime, if you have any suggestions for activities or agenda items for the Away Day, please email Nadine Grimmett.

DoS & DoT Planning Group

The DoS & DoT Planning Group drafts the agenda and programme for our both the scheduled meeting of the Forum and the annual Away Day. Our current members are:

Engineering and Design

  • Dr Jannis Wenk, Chemical Engineering

  • Dr Emma Emanuelsson Patterson, Chemical Engineering

  • Dr Ricardo Codinhoto, Architecture & Civil Engineering

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Vacant

  • Vacant

  • Vacant


  • Dr Sadegh Javaheriafif, Management

  • Mr Ian Crawford, Management

  • Vacant


  • Dr Cressida Lyon, Life Sciences

  • Dr Christine Edmead, Life Sciences (Chair)

  • Dr Paul Snow, Physics

  • Dr Zoë Burke, Life Sciences

There are currently vacancies for the Planning Group, and both DoS and DoT are invited to contact Nadine Grimmett with expressions of interest.

In the event of large interest in these roles, the existing members of the DoS Planning Group together with the chair of the group we will ensure a suitably balanced membership.

Roles and responsibilities

Following consultation, Senate agreed in the autumn of 2018 (S18/19-14533) to updated and revised indicative role profiles for Directors of Studies (DoS) and Directors of Teaching (DoT). These changes will apply from the 2019/20 academic year. These new roles bring clarity and consistency to learning and teaching leadership roles whilst preserving departmental flexibility and existing good practice.

Overall, key changes include:

  • Creation of a role profiles for DoS and DoTs to better reflect their remits and more clearly distinguish between these two roles.
  • A clearer delineation of responsibilities and how DoS and DoTs will operate in relation to other key positions, for example Associate Deans (Learning & Teaching).
  • Courses with multiple DoSs are asked to allocate a single DoS with responsibility to act as the key course contact for the DoT and central services, and to liaise with their colleagues as appropriate. This is intended to clarify communication routes and responsibilities whilst still maintaining departmental flexibility to have multiple DoSs if helpful.
  • For consistency, all DoTs will be referred to as ‘Directors of Teaching’ rather than ‘Directors of Learning and Teaching’.

The clarification of the roles provide effective leadership and operational support for learning and teaching initiatives and activities. It also ensure that the designation of responsibilities for learning and teaching within departments are accurately represented in QA CoP, Ordinances, and Regulations.

The reference to Directors of Teaching here does not include those members of the Education and Research job family who are individually contracted as Directors of Teaching as their substantive post. Their individual role profiles are distinct from the proposals discussed in this paper

Directors of Studies - Doctoral/PGR

For all queries in connection with the Doctoral College and the DoS PGR Role, please contact them direct.


If you have any questions, please contact us.

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