Agenda

POSTGRADUATE COMMITTEE (TAUGHT)

A meeting of the Postgraduate Taught Committee will be held on Wednesday 6 May 2020 at 11.00 a.m., via Microsoft Teams.

Robert Findlay, Postgraduate Committee (Taught) Clerk
(Extn: 3631; E-mail: r.j.findlay@abdn.ac.uk)

AGENDA

FOR APPROVAL

1.  Minutes of the Meeting held on 6 February 2020 PGC/060520/001

FOR DISCUSSION

2. Matters Arising  
     
3.   Convenor’s Remarks  
     
4. Measures Resulting from COVID-19  
4.1 Revised Assessment and Graduation Dates PGC/060520/002
  The Committee is asked to discuss the paper outlining changes to assessment and term dates that was approved by the University Committee on Teaching and Learning on 22 April 2020.
4.2 January Start Programmes Oral item
  Schools were asked to submit proposals to run existing September programmes with additional January entry points.  The Committee is invited to discuss any related issues, in particular concerns raised about the timing of the dissertation/project.
     
5. PGT Programme Development Group Update Oral Item
     
6. AOCB  
   

FOR INFORMATION

7. Senate Digest  
  The Committee are invited to view the digest from the last Senate held on 5 February 2020: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/staffnet/governance/senate/senate-digest/index.php#panel4582
     
8. Dates of Next Meetings  
  The Committee is asked to note that the Committee will next meet on Monday, 15 June 2020 via Microsoft Teams.
     
Previous Agendas

Previous Agendas

2019/20

2018/19

2017/18

Remit

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 objectives.
  • 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

Chair: Kirsty Kiezebrink
Clerk: Robert Findlay  
Tel: 01224 273631
Email: r.j.findlay@abdn.ac.uk

 Composition

Convener and Adminstrative Support Area

  • Convener: The Committee will be convened by a Dean to be appointed by the UCTL
  • Clerk: Directorate of Academic and Student Affairs (Registry)

Membership

  • Dean (Convenor)
  • 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 2019/20

  • Kirsty Kiezebrink
  • Graeme Nixon
  • Sarah Woodin
  • Allan Sim
  • Phil Ziegler
  • Sandra Paterson
  • Peter Hicks
  • David Green
  • Amy Bryzgel
  • Anne-Michelle Slater
  • Donna Maccallum
  • Jaroslaw Kedra
  • Sandie Cleland
  • Robert Wishart
  • Dariya Koleva (AUSA Rep)
  • tbc (AUSA Rep)

In attendance

  • Director of Academic Affairs (or nominee)
  • Head of the Centre for Academic Development (or nominee)
  • Natalie Kinchin-Williams (IT Representative)
  • Janet MacKay (Library Representative)
  • Robert Findlay (Clerk)

 

 

Operation

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

Attendance

Postgraduate Committee (Taught)

Attendance Records

 

Membership

24 October 2019

12 December 2019

6 February 2020

6 May 2020

Chair 

Ekaterina Pavlovskaia

Kirsty Kiezebring

Present Present Present

 Present

Dean of Graduate School

Graeme Nixon

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

Hannah Burrows

Phil Zieglelr from May 2020

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

Peter Hicks

Present Present Present Present
School Representative (Geosciences) David Muirhead Apologies Apologies Apologies Apologies
School Representative (Language, Literature, Music & Visual Culture) Amy Bryzgel Present Apologies Apologies Present
School Representative (Law) Anne-Michelle Slater Present Present Present Apologies
School Representative (Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition) Donna Maccallum Apologies Present Present Present
School Representative (Natural & Computing Sciences)

Jaroslaw Kedra

Apologies Apologies Apologies Present
School Representative (Psychology)

Sandie Cleland

Present Present Present Present
School Representative (Social Sciences) Robert Wishart Apologies Present Present Present
Students' Association Representative

Dariya Koleva (from 2020)

- - Present Apologies
Students' Association Representative Vacant - - - -
Library Representative Janet MacKay Apologies Apologies Present Present

In Attendance:

         
Clerk (Registry Officer) Roberty Findlay Present Present Present Present
Centre for Academic Development Colin Calder Present Present Apologies Apologies
IT Relationship Manager Natalie Kinchin-Williams Present Present Apologies Apologies
Minute Secretary (from December 2019) Kerry Harrision - Present Present Present

 

Minutes

Meeting Dates

2018/19

2017/18

2016/17

2015/16

2014/15

2013/14

2012/13

2011/12

2010/11