Postgraduate Research Sub-Committee

Postgraduate Research Sub-Committee

There will be a meeting of the POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH COMMITTEE on THURSDAY 16 June 2022 at 15:00.

Dr Lucy Leiper, PGR School Manager (





  1. Welcome and apologies
  2. Minutes, action log and matters arising                                                                  PGR 22_11
  3. Review of Minimising impact of Covid on Research Degree programmes            PGR 22_12
  4. Doctoral Reps Group                                                                                            Oral Update
  5. Proposal to revise 6M review forms to reflect stage of PGR at 6, 18 and 30 months                                                                                                                                                  PGR 22_13
  6. Guiding principles for inclusive recruitment                                                            PGR 22_14
  7. PGR Task and Finish Group                                                                                   PGR 22_15
  8. AOCB


Previous Agendas


01 September 2021.pdf

03 November 2021.pdf

16 February 2022.pdf

PGR 22_Agenda_16June2022.docx


September 2020

07 October 2020.pdf

04 November 2020.pdf




Convener: Professor G Nixon
Clerk: Clare Ransley
Tel: (01224) 274580

Chair:  Dean of Postgraduate Research School

Supported by:  PGR School Manager

Reports to:  Research Policy Committee

Interfaces with:  Postgraduate Taught Students Committee; School Research Committees; School PGR Committees


  • Development and implementation of institutional policies to support postgraduate research provision within the University of Aberdeen and in alignment with the 2040 Strategic plan and associated actions.
  • Improvement and enhancement of both postgraduate research student and supervisor support and experience.
  • Provide support for the institutional REF submission
  • Development of strategies for external promotion of doctoral studies at the University
  • Monitoring recruitment, retention and completion of postgraduate research students
  • Supporting doctoral training across related disciplines;  sharing of good practice in generic skills training, supervision and PGR student support
  • Supporting Schools in the review of PhD studentships
  • Horizon scanning for external studentship opportunities;  institutional strategy relating to Doctoral Training Centres (or equivalent)
Composition & Membership

Convener: Professor G Nixon
Clerk: Clare Ransley
Tel: (01224) 274580


Dean of Postgraduate Research (Convener)

PGR School Manager

PGR Directors (where responsibility for PGR has been delegated from School Director of Research.) from each school (2 from Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition)

Registry representative


Attending Officers:

Admissions representative


Marketing representative

Student Services Representative



Membership 2021_2022

Graeme Nixon, Dean for PGR

Lucy Leiper, Manager PGR School

Robert Findlay, Assistant Registrar

Paul Hallet, School of Biological Sciences

Audrey Paterson, Business

Paul Nimmo, School of DHPAH

Liz Curtis/David Johnston, School of Education

Mehmet Kartal, School of Engineering

Clare Bond, School of Geosciences

Suk-Jun Kim – School of LLMVC

Matyas Bodig, School of Law

Sam Miller, Aravinda Guntiaplil, Andy Welch, Anand Lalli, Andreas Kolb, School of MMSN

Ekke Ullner, School of Natural and Computing Sciences

Andrew McKinnon, School of Social Sciences

Patric Bach, School of Psychology





Meeting Dates


03 September 2021_Minutes.pdf

03November 2021­_Minutes.pdf

16 Feb 2022_Minutes.pdf


07 October 2020_Minutes.pdf

November 2020_Minutes.pdf



  • 10 June 2019
  • 7 March 2019
  • 15 November 2018
  • 24 September 2018