2.1       Governance framework

2.1.1 The governance structure

Senate

Senate (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/university/governance/universitycommittees/senate/) has responsibility for governance and for the Regulations and Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes.

University Education Committee

The University Education Committee (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/academic-quality/groups/edcmtt.html) is chaired by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) and has an overarching role for educational matters. It has delegated authority from Senate to approve revisions to the Regulations and Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes.

University Research Committee

The University Research Committee is chaired by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) and is the prime research planning committee for the University.

University PGR Committee

The University PGR Committee is chaired by the Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (PGR) and oversees postgraduate research and its provision.

University Academic Quality and Standards Committee

The University Academic Quality and Standards Committee (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/academic-quality/groups/uaqsc/) is chaired by the Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Quality and Standards) and oversees the framework for the quality and standards of education, including postgraduate research. It oversees the review of the Regulations and Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes.

Research Degrees Examination Board

The University’s Research Degrees Examination Board (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/directory/exams/research-degree/research-exam-board/) is chaired by the Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (PGR) and makes the decisions about the award of all research degrees at the University.

2.1.2 Governance roles

Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (PGR)

The Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (PGR) has academic leadership of the postgraduate research environment across the University and reports to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research).

Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Quality and Standards)

The Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Quality and Standards) has academic leadership of the quality and standards of education across the University and reports to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education).

Faculty PGR Director

Each faculty has a Faculty PGR Director who is directly responsible to the Dean of Faculty and accountable to the Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (PGR) for providing academic leadership in their faculty on postgraduate research matters.

2.1.3 Other University-level groups

Bristol Doctoral College

The Bristol Doctoral College (BDC) – http://www.bristol.ac.uk/doctoral-college/ – facilitates cross-University learning and training activities for all research students. It delivers the University-wide Personal and Professional Development programme. The BDC serves as a hub for information, guidance and communications for research students, including in relation to external collaborators, potential sponsors, funders and future employers. It also works on marketing and recruitment, promoting and showcasing success stories and opportunities for research students in Bristol.