Boards and committees

Information about the boards and committees that govern postgraduate research. Terms of reference for each committee are available.

Graduate School Committee (GSC)

The purpose of this committee is to be responsible to the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee (and where appropriate, the Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee) for the implementation of Graduate School processes and policies with the aim of supporting a sustainable, high-quality postgraduate research student experience at the University.

The committee is chaired by the Graduate School Director, Professor Neil Willey, and includes Faculty Directors of Research and representatives from the PGR community.

GSC dates 2019/2020

  • Tuesday 24 September 2019
  • Tuesday 5 November 2019
  • Tuesday 21 January 2020
  • Tuesday 24 March 2020
  • Tuesday 2 June 2019 
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Faculty Research Degrees Committee (FRDC)

The purpose of each faculty-specific Research Degrees Committee is to be responsible to the Graduate School Committee for promoting high-quality postgraduate research education across all disciplines. Each FRDC is also responsible to the AQEC for implementation of the University’s Enhancement Framework for Academic Programmes and Practice as it relates to Research Degrees.

The committees implement policies and procedures for the assessment of Postgraduate Researchers (PGR) and make recommendations for the approval of examination arrangements for PGRs to the Research Degrees Award Board. Committees are chaired by the Research Degree Director (or equivalent) and members include appropriate Associate Deans and Associate Heads of Department.

Arts, Creative Industries and Education (ACE)

Members of the Committee:

  • Dr David Greenham, Director of Postgraduate Research (Chair)
  • Professor Jennifer Stein, Department Research Degrees Co-ordinator, Film and Journalism 
  • Dr Anna Piasecki, Department Research Degrees Co-ordinator, Arts and Cultural Industries
  • Dr Dean Smart, Department Research Degrees Co-ordinator, Education 
  • Dr Richard Waller, Department Research Degrees Co-ordinator, Education and Childhood
  • Dr Clare Johnson, Department Research Degrees Co-ordinator, Creative Industries 
  • Hazel Edwards, Associate Dean: ACE
  • Mashael Altamami PGR Rep
  • Jane Carter PGR Rep

Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)

Members of the Committee:

  • Dr Svetlana Cicmil, Director of Post Graduate Research (Chair)
  • Professor Nicholas O’Regan, Associate Dean (Research & Innovation)   
  • Associate Heads of Department (Research) or equivalent:
    • Vacancy
    • Vacancy 
    • Professor Nicholas Ryder, Professor of Financial Crime 
  • Directors of Studies and Research Centre Representatives:
    • Dr Ismail Adelopo, Associate Professor Accounting and Finance 
    • Professor Sue Durbin, Professor of Human Resource Management
    • Professor Hazel Conley, Professor of Human Resource Management 
    • Professor Daniela Gabor, Professor of Economics and Macro-Finance 
    • Professor Peter Case, Professor of Organisation Studies
    • Professor Jona Razzaque, Postgraduate Scheme Director
    • Vacancy, Faculty PGR Tutor
    • Vacancy, DBA Programme Leader 
    • Sam Bourton, PGR rep
    • Abdel Said, PGR rep

Faculty of Environment and Technology (FET)

Members of the committee:

  • Dr Alistair Clark, Director of Postgraduate Research (Chair)
  • Professor Catherine Hobbs, Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise)
  • Professor Chad Staddon, Associate Head of Department  - Geography and Environmental Management
  • Dr Colin Booth, Associate Head of Department – Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Professor Larry Bull, Associate Head of Department – Computer Science and Creative Technologies
  • Dr Matt Studley, Associate Head of Department - Engineering Design and Mathematics
  • Joseph Bolarinwa, PGR rep
  • Jenna Brown, PGR rep 

Health and Applied Sciences (HAS)

Members of the committee:

  • Dr Tim Moss (Chair)
  • Professor Olena Doran, Associate Dean Research
  • Dr Mary Cramp, AHP Associate Head of Department
  • Professor John Hancock, DAS Associate Head of Department
  • Vacancy (Nursing and Midwifery) 
  • Dr Issy Bray, HSS Associate Head of Department
  • Professor Stephen Draper, Hartbury campus 
  • Leah Morris, Glenside PGR rep
  • Caterina Gentili, Frenchay PGR rep


FRDC dates 2019/2020

ACE Committee Dates HAS Committee Dates FBL Committee Dates FET Committee Dates
16 October 2019 16 October 2019 8 October 2019 1 October 2019
27 November 2019 4 December 2019 19 November 2019 26 November 2019
22 January 2020 22 January 2020 14 January 2020 28 January 2020
19 February 2020 4 March 2020 3 March 2020 17 March 2020
8 April 2020 8 April 2020 21 April 2020 12 May 2020
13 May 2020 3 June 2020 2 June 2020 14 July 2020
8 July 2019   14 July 2020 29 September 2020

Please note that paper deadlines are in place for all committees, but vary according to faculty.


Research Degrees Award Board (RDAB)

The purpose of the Research Degrees Award Board is to receive the recommended outcome from the viva voce examination alongside outcomes in taught modules from field boards and on this basis will make recommendations for the award of the appropriate research degree.

RDAB dates and deadlines 2019/2020

Paper deadline RDAB meeting date Publication of results date  
20 August 2019 3 September 2019 10 September 2019  
29 October 2019 12 November 2019 19 November 2019  
10 January 2020 w/c 13 January 2020 officers exercise for Chair's action w/c 27 January 2020  
11 February 2020 25 February 2020 3 March 2020  
17 March 2020 31 March 2020 7 April 2020  
5 May 2020 w/c 11 May 2020 officers exercise for Chair's action w/c 25 May 2020  
9 June 2020 23 June 2020 30 June 2020  
24 July 2020 w/c 27 July 2020 officer's exercise for Chair's action w/c 5 August 2020  
25 August 2020 8 September 2020 15 September 2020  


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