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Doctoral Representation

There are a number of ways for you to share your views and ensure your doctoral experience is the best it can be. Find out how you are represented at Bath.

How you are represented as a doctoral student

Staff and Student Liaison Committees

Staff and Student Liaison Committees (SSLCs) allow students to have their say on their programme, department and resources. They are the best way for you to input into the development of the Doctoral College and the wider University on academic issues.

Each Faculty and the School has an SSLC where all Postgraduate (PG) research programmes are represented. Some departments also have a PG or Doctoral SSLC. All SSLCs are made up of elected Academic Representatives and staff members.

If you have an issue you would like raised at an SSLC, you should do this via your Academic Representative.

Academic Representatives

Academic Representatives are doctoral students elected by their peers to represent you at a programme level. They are your first point of contact should any issues arise on your programme. Their role is to gather feedback, ideas and issues and take them forward to the relevant Staff and Student Liaison Committees (SSLCs).

Find your Academic Representative.


Faculty and School Representatives

Faculty and School representatives are doctoral students elected by their peers to represent you at a Faculty and School level. They work closely with the Academic Representatives and The Students’ Union (SU) to collate issues to raise at Faculty/School Doctoral Studies Committees (F/SDSCs). They are also members of The SU Academic Executive Committee which meets with The SU’s Education Officer and Postgraduate Officer.

Find your Faculty or School Representative.


The Students’ Union

The Students’ Union (SU) represents the interests, opinions and welfare of students to the University of Bath and other external bodies. The SU ensures that there is a strong connection between student opinion and how academic departments are run.

Within the SU, there is an elected and independent Postgraduate Officer. This is the highest level of representation for doctoral students. The Postgraduate Officer is a member of Faculty/School Doctoral Studies Committees (F/SDSCs), the Board of Studies (Doctoral) (BoSD) and the University Doctoral Studies Committee (UDSC).

Contact: SU Postgraduate Officer

Postgraduate Association

The Postgraduate Association (PGA) is part of the Students’ Union (SU). It represents the interests, opinions and welfare of all postgraduate students both on and off campus.

Within the PGA there is a Postgraduate Students’ Coordinator who is a member of staff. This role supports the work of the PGA and the Postgraduate Officer.

Contact: Tim Stoneman at

International Students’ Association

The International Students' Association (ISA) represents the views of over 6000 international students and aims to improve the experience of being an international student at Bath.


Doctoral College

The Doctoral College Student Engagement Manager supports all aspects of your student experience, including representation, community building, wellbeing and events. They work closely with the Student’s Union (SU) and academic representatives to ensure that your views are heard.

The Doctoral College Student Engagement Manager:

  • attends Doctoral Staff and Student Liaison Committees (SSLCs) to monitor issues and ensure that they are reflected in college priorities

  • ensures that you are aware of latest developments in the College and, where appropriate, are involved in projects

  • uses the feedback you provide through the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) to help shape new initiatives.

If you have any ideas or suggestions on how to improve your research experience, contact The Doctoral Engagement Manager at

The SU Advice and Support Centre

The SU Advice and Support Centre provides advice on academic issues where you may need individual representation such as complaints, mitigating circumstances, appeals and disciplinary procedures including academic misconduct. The Centre also supports the student-led Diversity and Support Groups who represent their students to The Students’ Union (SU), the University and external organisations.


The University Independent Advisor for Postgraduate Research Students

Occasionally, you may encounter problems in connection with supervision or other issues. Where these cannot be resolved at department or School level, or where you consider this route inappropriate, you should contact The University Independent Advisor. Consultations are treated in strict confidence.

They provide independent and confidential advice to postgraduate research students. They will never disclose your details or do anything on your behalf without your permission.

Some examples of issues they advise on include:

  • conflict with supervisor(s)
  • conflict with other students
  • financial problems
  • failure at Confirmation or final examination (Viva)
  • harassment and bullying
  • registrations issues
  • appeals and complaints

At the student's request and with their permission, The University Independent Advisor will:

  • meet with Directors of Studies, Heads of Department, Registry or Finance etc
  • act as a supporter to help present the case at meetings, Appeals Panels, Complaints Hearings etc
  • help to draft Appeals, Complaints and other formal documents
  • mediate and negotiate
  • signpost students to other information and support available via Student Services