A meeting of the Postgraduate Committee will be held on Wednesday 14 November 2018 at 2.00pm, in the Court Room, University Office.

Robert Findlay, Postgraduate Committee (Taught) Clerk
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1.  Minutes of the Meeting held on 3 October 2018 PGC/141118/001


2. Matters Arising  
3.   Convenor’s Remarks  
4. Committee Member Role Descriptors PGC/141118/002
  Role descriptors have been created for members of the Quality Assurance Committee.  Members are invited to consider whether the creation of role descriptors should be extended to all Committees.
5. Enhancement-Led Institutional Review Update and Draft Schedule PGC/141118/003
6. Update on the Evaluation of Taught Postgraduate Student Experience PGC/141118/004 (to follow)
7. Update on Review of Policies and Practices for Accessible and Inclusive Learning PGC/141118/005
  Members are invited to discuss the contents of this paper and provide comments on the best method of obtaining School representation in the Working Group.
8. Feedback from SCEF Working Group PGC/141118/006 (to follow)
  Members are invited to discuss feedback from the SCEF working group.
9. Review of Pilot of New Internal Teaching Review (ITR) Process PGC/141118/007
10. Any Other Business  
11. Date of Next Meeting  
  The next meeting of the Committee will be held on Wednesday 16 January 2019 at 2pm in Committee Room 2.


12. Honours Weighting in Degree Classification/Borderlines Update PGC/141118/008
  The Committee is invited to note a paper discussing the weighting of years 3 and 4 honours classification, and, in particular the discussion on borderline classifications, which might have implications for PGT degree classifications.  This paper will be presented to Senate for discussion only.  Following a discussion at Senate, a revised proposal on the issue of borderline classifications will be submitted to the PGT Committee for approval at a later date.



Previous Agendas

Previous Agendas




To be responsible to the UCTL for oversight of the postgraduate 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 postgraduates and which contribute to and support attainment of the University's objectives.
  • Offer strategic advice on the University's provision of 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 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 the Postgraduate Taught and Research Experience Survey, the International Student Barometer, and other relevant internal and external satisfaction surveys.
  • Engage in horizon scanning to anticipate and prepare for new opportunities and likely future developments in postgraduate student education.
  • Undertake such other functions as may be referred to the Committee by the UCTL.
Composition & Membership

Convener: Professor C Kee
Clerk: Mr Robert Findlay  
Tel: 01224 273631


Convener -

  • The Committee will be convened by a Dean for Postgraduate Studies to be appointed by the UCTL on a two year rotating basis

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 2017/18 

  • Dr M Ehrenschwendtner
  • Professor C Kee
  • Dr N Beacham
  • Dr A Bryzgel
  • Dr D Maccallum
  • Professor J Masthoff
  • Dr A McKinnon
  • Dr D Muirhead
  • Professor J Nelson
  • Ms S Paterson
  • Professor E Pavlovskaia
  • Dr M Bodig
  • Dr A Cleland
  • Mr R Williams
  • Dr S Woodin
  • 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

16 January 2019

27 February 2019

1 May 2019


Dean of Postgraduate (Taught) Arts

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

Professor Graeme Nixon

School Representative (Biological Sciences) Dr Sarah Woodin Present        
School Representative (Business School) Dr Allan Sim Apologies        
School Representative (Divinity, History & Philosophy) Dr Marie-Luise Ehrenschwendtner Present        
School Representative (Education) Ms Sandra Paterson Present        
School Representative (Engineering)

Professor John Nelson

School Representative (Geosciences) Dr David Muirhead Apologies        
School Representative (Language, Literature, Music & Visual Culture) Dr Amy Bryzgel Present        
School Representative (Law) Dr Matyas Bodig Present        
School Representative (Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition) Dr Donna Maccallum Present        
School Representative (Natural & Computing Sciences) Dr Nigel Beacham Apologies        
School Representative (Psychology)

Dr Sandie Cleland

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

Mrs Donna Connolly 

Students' Association Representative Vacant          
Library Representative Ms Janet MacKay Present        

In Attendance:

Clerk (Registry Officer) Mr Roberty Findlay Present        
Centre for Academic Development Dr Colin Calder Present        
IT Relationship Manager Mrs Natalie Kinchin-Williams Present        
Director of Planning Dr Hulda Sveinsdottir Present - - - -



Meeting Dates