University Graduate Studies Committee

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The University Graduate Studies Committee (UGSC) is a sub-committee of the University Education Committee. 

The main purposes of the Committee are:

Advisory (to the University Education Committee):

1. To advise on the strategic development of postgraduate education across the University.

2. To advise and contribute to the development of any new or substantial changes to regulation or policy as they relate to postgraduate education.

3. To advise and contribute to the development and implementation of educational projects or initiatives from a postgraduate perspective.

4. To consider issues relating to postgraduate education on behalf of the University Education Committee, the faculty boards and other relevant committees, preparing reports and recommendations as appropriate.

5. To respond to outcomes or issues raised with regard to postgraduate education from the University’s quality assurance framework.

Decision making (on behalf of the University Education Committee):

7. To be responsible for developing and maintaining strategy and policy that governs postgraduate education.


8. To promote active postgraduate student engagement in matters relating to the academic experience of students.

9. To promote innovation, including through the identification and dissemination of good practice in postgraduate education.

10. To ensure that the views of members’ constituents are represented on the Committee and that pertinent information is fed back to those constituents.


The membership of the Committee for 2018-19 is as follows:

Job titleName
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate Studies) [Chair] Dr Kate Whittington
Faculty Education Director (PG) - Arts Dr Catherine Hindson
Faculty Education Director (PG) - Engineering Dr Nicholas Howden
Faculty Education Director (PG) - Health Science Dr Kate Whittington
Faculty Education Director (PG) - Life Sciences Professor Harry Mellor
Faculty Education Director (PG) - Science Professor Carl Dettmann
Faculty Education Director (PGR) - Social Sciences and Law Professor Jutta Weldes
Faculty Education Director (PGT) - Social Sciences and Law Dr Humphrey Bourne
Postgraduate Education Officer - Bristol SU Shubham Singh
PGR student representative Joshua Mudie
Faculty Education Manager - Science (represents the Faculty Education Managers) Dr Mora McCallum
Director of Academic Quality and Policy TBC
Quality Assurance Officer [Adviser to the Committee] Chris Walker


The Chair (or nominee) and at least five other members of the Committee, to include three Faculty Education Directors.

Mode of operation

1. The Committee will normally meet monthly in term-time.

2. The Committee will normally report monthly to University Education Committee

3. The Committee’s annual schedule of business will be identified at the start of each academic year.  Additional items of work are subject to annual negotiation with the Chair of the University Education Committee.


The Postgraduate Researcher Development Committee reports to University Graduate Studies Committee.

Meeting dates

University Graduate Studies Committee reports to University Education Committee so the meetings are scheduled to enable this.

The scheduled dates for 2018-19 are as follows:

University Graduate Studies Committee reporting schedule 2018-19
Paper deadline for University Graduate Studies CommitteeUniversity Graduate Studies Committee meeting date Reports to University Education Committee meeting date 
Tuesday 25 September 2018 Thursday 4 October 2018 Wednesday 24 October 2018
Monday 29 October 2018 Wednesday 7 November 2018 Wednesday 28 November 2018
Monday 26 November 2018 Wednesday 5 December 2018 Wednesday 23 January 2019
Monday 28 January 2019 Wednesday 6 February 2019 Wednesday 6 March 2019
Monday 4 March 2019 Wednesday 13 March 2019 Wednesday 3 April 2019
Monday 1 April 2019 Wednesday 10 April 2019 Tuesday 14 May 2019
Friday 24 May 2019 (due to bank holiday) Wednesday 5 June 2019 Wednesday 19 June 2019

Record of business

University Graduate Studies Committee submits regular reports to University Education Committee (its parent committee) to record its recent business.  These reports are available for download (UoB only)