A meeting of the Postgraduate Taught Committee will be held on Wednesday 1 May 2019 at 2.00pm, in the Committee Room 2, University Office.

Robert Findlay, Postgraduate Committee (Taught) Clerk
(Extn: 3631; E-mail:



1.  Minutes of the Meeting held on 27 February 2019 PGC/010519/001


2. Matters Arising  
3.   Convenor’s Remarks  
4. PGT Student Experience PGC/010519/002
5. Personal Tutors for PGT Students PGC/010519/008
  The Committee is invited to discuss feedback from the School of Psychology in regard to its piloting of Personal Tutors.  The Committee is asked to recommend whether Personal Tutors should be introduced for all PGT students and, if so, how this should be implemented.
6. Code of Practice on Assessment PGC/010519/003
  The Committee is invited to consider the attached paper which updates the Code of Practice on Assessment for Academic Year 2018-19 and for Academic Year 2019-20 in line with the Senate-approved changes in several assessment-related policies.  The updated Codes of Practice on Assessment and the associated timeline for classification changes are appended to the paper.
7. Review of the Student Course Evaluation Process PGC/010519/004
  The Committee is invited to discuss the outcome of the SCEF (Student Course Evaluation Form) Review Working Group.
8. Code of Practice on Student Discipline (Academic) PGC/010519/005
  The Code of Practice on Student Discipline (Academic) and appended flow charts are enclosed for member’s consideration.
9. Disability Provision: Exam Scheduling and Location PGC/010519/006
  A paper on disability provision exam scheduling and location will follow for members’ consideration.
10. Forward Planning for 2019/20  
  The Committee is invited to raise any PGT related issues that they would wish to be discussed during the next Committee cycle.
11. AOCB  


12. Honours Weighting in Degree Classification PGC/010519/007
  The Committee is invited to note the revised paper on the weighting of Honours years in degree classification.  The paper will be considered at the UCTL and Senate.
13. Senate Digest  
  The Committee is invited to note the contents of the Senate Digest for the 20 March 2019 meeting of Senate.
14. Dates of Next Meetings  

The Committee is asked to note that meetings of the Committee for the 2019/2020 academic year are scheduled as follows:-

  • Tuesday, 22 October 2019 in Court Room, University Office
  • Monday, 9 December 2019 in Committee Room 2, University Office
  • Tuesday, 4 February 2019 in Court Room, University Office
  • Wednesday, 25 March 2020 in Committee Room 2, University Office
Previous Agendas

Previous Agendas




To  be  responsible  to  the  UCTL  for  oversight  of  the  postgraduate  taught  academic 
student experience.   The  Committee  provides  an  inter-School  forum  to  facilitate  and 
encourage  the development of appropriate strategy and also discusses and promotes relevant
developments, whether internally driven or externally indicated. Specifically the Postgraduate
Committee (Taught) will:

•     Discuss, formulate and promote strategic initiatives that enhance the recruitment of taught
postgraduates  and  which  contribute  to  and  support  attainment  of  the  University's
•     Offer strategic advice on the University's provision of taught postgraduate programmes in
order  to  support  continued  growth  and  development  and  to  maintain  an  appropriate system
of student academic and pastoral support.
•     Support  the  creation  and  development  of  a  high  level  skills  and  employability 
training framework for postgraduate taught students.
•     Develop and promote specific innovations, embracing new pedagogies and technologies, in
support of the enhancement of the taught postgraduate experience.
•     Consider  and  recommend  approval  for  any  specific  developments  or  initiatives  which
could  have  substantial  implications  for  University  strategy  or  policy  or  for  University
level services and/or operations.
•     Proactively engage with any high level issues or themes arising from any relevant internal
and external student satisfaction surveys.
•     Engage  in  horizon scanning to anticipate and prepare for new opportunities and likely
future developments in taught postgraduate student education.
•     Undertake such other functions as may be referred to the Committee by the UCTL.


Composition & Membership

Convener: Professor E Pavlovskaia
Clerk: Mr Robert Findlay  
Tel: 01224 273631


Convener and Adminstrative Support Area-

  • Convener: Dean of Postgraduate Taught Studies
  • Clerk: Directorate of Academic and Student Affairs (Registry)

Membership -

  • Deans for Postgraduate Studies
  • Dean of Postgraduate Research School
  • One member of academic staff nominated by Heads of School with responsibility for Postgraduate Matters 
  • Two representatives nominated by the President of the Students' Association


Membership for 2018/19

  • Professor E Pavlovskaia
  • Professor G Nixon
  • Dr S Woodin
  • Professor P Ziegler
  • Ms S Paterson
  • Dr P Hicks
  • Dr D Muirhead
  • Dr A Bryzgel
  • Dr M Bodig
  • Dr D Maccallum
  • Dr J Kedra
  • Dr A Cleland
  • Dr A McKinnon
  • Mrs D Connolly (AUSA Rep)
  • Mr B Kirectepe (AUSA Rep)

In attendance

  • Director of Academic Affairs (or nominee)
  • Head of the Centre for Academic Developmemt (or nominee)
  • Mr R Findlay (Clerk)


























































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































The Committee will meet at least three times per year in advance of meetings of the UCTL.  Additional meetings may be arranged, as required.


Postgraduate Committee (Taught)

Attendance Records



3 October 2018

14 November 2018

22 January 2019

27 February 2019

1 May 2019


Dean of Postgraduate (Taught) Arts

Professor Christopher Kee Present Apologies NA NA NA
Dean of Postgraduate (Taught) Science Professor Ekaterina Pavlovskaia Present Present Present Present Present
Dean of Graduate School

Professor Graeme Nixon

Present Present Apologies Present Apologies
School Representative (Biological Sciences) Dr Sarah Woodin Present Present Present Present Present
School Representative (Business School) Dr Allan Sim Apologies Apologies Present Apologies Present
School Representative (Divinity, History & Philosophy)

Dr Marie-Luise Ehrenschwendtner

(Professor Phil Ziegler from January 2019)

Present Present Present Present Present
School Representative (Education) Ms Sandra Paterson Present Apologies Apologies Apologies Present
School Representative (Engineering)

Professor John Nelson

Apologies Present Dr Peter Hicks attended Dr Peter Hicks attended Dr Peter Hicks attended
School Representative (Geosciences) Dr David Muirhead Apologies Apologies Present Present Apologies
School Representative (Language, Literature, Music & Visual Culture) Dr Amy Bryzgel Present Present Dr S J Kim attended Apologies Apologies
School Representative (Law) Dr Matyas Bodig Present Apologies Apologies Apologies Apologies
School Representative (Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition) Dr Donna Maccallum Present Present Present Present Present
School Representative (Natural & Computing Sciences)

Dr Nigel Beacham

(Dr J Kedra from January 2019)

Apologies Apologies Apologies Present Apologies
School Representative (Psychology)

Dr Sandie Cleland

Present Present Present Present Present
School Representative (Social Sciences) Dr Andrew Mackinnon Present Apologies Apologies Present Present
Students' Association Representative

Mrs Donna Connolly 

Apologies Apologies Present Apologies Apologies
Students' Association Representative Mr B Kircetepe   Present Apologies Apologies Present
Library Representative Ms Janet MacKay Present Present Miss Susan McCourt attended Apologies Present

In Attendance:

Clerk (Registry Officer) Mr Roberty Findlay Present Present Present Present Present
Centre for Academic Development Dr Colin Calder Present Present Present Present Present
IT Relationship Manager Mrs Natalie Kinchin-Williams Present Present Apologies Apologies Present
Director of Planning Dr Hulda Sveinsdottir Present - - Present -
Director of Langauge Centre Ms Julie Bray       Present -
Dean of Quality Assurance Professor Kath Shennan       Present -



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