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Policies and Programmes Sub-Committee

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference of YGRS Policies and Programmes Sub-Committee 2019/20

Purpose of the Committee: 

On behalf of the York Graduate Research School Board, to develop and monitor strategies, policies and regulations relating to PGR programmes.

Reporting Structure:

Policies and Programmes Sub-Committee is a sub-committee of York Graduate Research School Board. YGRSB reports directly to Senate.

Terms of Reference: 

1. To develop and monitor strategies, policies and regulations relating to research degree. With a focus on:

a. regulations for research degree awards (Regulation 2) and the University’s Policy on Research Degrees (in conjunction with the Standing Committee on Assessment);

b. policies and strategies relating to the nature of research degree provision at York, including collaborative research degrees; 

2. To approve proposals (under powers delegated by Senate) for new research degree programmes, for the suspension/withdrawal of research degree programmes (with respect to the academic case) and for modifications to research degree programmes. Also to approve taught degree programmes taken only by research degree students as set out in the Policy on Research Degrees.

3. To recommend to Senate for approval proposals for double and joint research degree programmes;

4. To monitor, and contribute to, the quality assurance and enhancement of research degree programmes, including through annual programme review, periodic review and institutional review;

5. To consider ways of promoting equal opportunities and diversity in relation to all the above; to recommend to senate for approval proposals for double and joint research degree programmes;

6. To report to the York Graduate Research School Board.

 

When considering new programme proposals, the approval decision must involve as a minimum: the Chair and two academic members of PPSC.  All other members, especially student members, must also have been given a reasonable opportunity to comment on the proposal.

Prior to the formal consideration of new programme proposals by PPSC it is an expectation that programme proposers have sought advice from their designated Academic Quality Team (AQT) contact and their Programme Design and Learning Technology Team contact, and that the proposal submitted to PPSC has been informed by that advice.

 

Membership

Membership

Ex officio

  • Dean of the York Graduate Research School
    Professor Tom Stoneham (Chair) 
  • The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching, Learning & Students)
    Professor John Robinson 
  • Representative of the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Humanities
    Dr Jeremy Goldberg 
  • Representative of the Dean of Faculty of Sciences
    Dr Kelly Redeker 
  • Representative of the Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences
    Dr Sally Hancock 
  • Two representatives of the Graduate Studentsʹ Association:
    • President of the GSA
      Ms Pürnur Altay 
    • Vice-President (Academic) of the GSA
      Ms Jane Baston 
  • Assistant Registrar: Research and Financial Support
    Ms Susanna Broom 
  • Head of the Research Excellence Training Team
    Dr Karen Clegg 
  • Head of the QA Team
    Ms Jane Iddon 

Appointed

  • Academic from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities
    Dr Claire Chambers (to serve until 31/07/22)
  • Academic from the Faculty of Sciences
    Dr Dani Ungar (to serve until 31/07/23)
  • Academic from the Faculty of Social Sciences
    Dr Carolyn Snell (SPSW) (to serve until 31/07/23)

Receiving agendas and minutes, and in attendance when required

  • Chair of Special Cases Committee: Dr Martin Cockett
  • Chair of Standing Committee on Assessment: Professor Mike Bentley
  • Assistant Registrar: Student Progress: Dr Jen Wotherspoon
  • Members of Research Student Administration (RSA) and QA Team

In attendance

  • Student Services Manager (Research)
    Mrs Helen Poyer
  • Minute Secretary
    Ms Charlotte Chamberlain 

 

Meetings

Meetings

Unless otherwise stated, the deadline for receiving papers is two weeks before the meeting. 

2019/20

  • Wednesday 27 November, 2pm - 4pm (H/G19)
  • Thursday 13 February, 10am-12pm (H/G19)
  • Tuesday 21 April, 11am-1pm (H/G19)
  • Tuesday 16 June, 2pm-4pm (H/G19)

2018/19

2017/18

2016/17

2015/16

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