University Graduate Studies Committee

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The University Graduate Studies Committee (UGSC) is a sub-committee of the University Education Committee. 


The main purposes of the Committee are to:

  1. develop and maintain the strategic framework for postgraduate education across the University,
  2. monitor and assure the quality and standards of postgraduate education across the University.

Terms of reference

Advisory (to University Education Committee):

1. To advise University Education Committee on the development of postgraduate education across the University.

2. To make recommendations to University Education Committee in relation to all national and international issues relating to the postgraduate agenda.

Decision making (on behalf of the University Education Committee):

3. To be responsible for developing and maintaining postgraduate strategy and policy.

4. To monitor and be responsible for the quality and standards of postgraduate taught and research degrees and the quality of the postgraduate student experience.

5. To coordinate all activities related to postgraduate education within academic schools, support divisions, the Bristol Doctoral College, other University committees and the Students' Union.

6. To ensure alignment of the University's postgraduate policies and procedures with UK-wide frameworks and to monitor and oversee the implementation of the relevant internal postgraduate Codes of Practice.


7. To promote innovation through the identification and dissemination of good practice.

8. To ensure that the views of members' constituents are represented on the Committee and that pertinent information is fed back to those constituents. 


The membership of the Committee for 2017-18 is as follows:


The Chair (or nominee) and at least five other members of the Committee, to include three Faculty Education Directors.

Mode of operation

1. The Committee will normally meet monthly in term-time.

2. The Committee will normally report monthly to University Education Committee

3. The Committee’s annual schedule of business will be identified at the start of each academic year.  Additional items of work are subject to annual negotiation with the Chair of the University Education Committee.


The Postgraduate Researcher Development Committee reports to University Graduate Studies Committee.

Meeting dates

University Graduate Studies Committee reports to University Education Committee so the meetings are scheduled to enable this.

The scheduled dates for 2017/18 are as follows

University Graduate Studies Committee reporting schedule 2017-18
Paper deadline for University Graduate Studies CommitteeUniversity Graduate Studies Committee meeting dateUniversity Education Committee meeting date
 Monday 25 September Wednesday 4 October  Wednesday 1 November
 Monday 30 October Wednesday 8 November  Wednesday 29 November
 Monday 27 November Wednesday 6 December  Wednesday 24 January
 Monday 29 January Wednesday 7 February  Wednesday 7 March
Tuesday 6 March Thursday 15 March  Wednesday 11 April
 Monday 16 April Wednesday 25 April  Wednesday 16 May
 Tuesday 29 May (due to bank holiday) Wednesday 6 June  Wednesday 27 June

The scheduled dates for 2018-19 are as follows:

University Graduate Studies Committee reporting schedule 2018-19
Paper deadline for University Graduate Studies CommitteeUniversity Graduate Studies Committee meeting date Reports to University Education Committee meeting date 
Tuesday 25 September 2018 Thursday 4 October 2018 Wednesday 24 October 2018
Monday 29 October 2018 Wednesday 7 November 2018 Wednesday 28 November 2018
Monday 26 November 2018 Wednesday 5 December 2018 Wednesday 23 January 2019
Monday 28 January 2019 Wednesday 6 February 2019 Wednesday 6 March 2019
Monday 4 March 2019 Wednesday 13 March 2019 Wednesday 3 April 2019
Monday 1 April 2019 Wednesday 10 April 2019 Tuesday 14 May 2019
Friday 24 May 2019 (due to bank holiday) Wednesday 5 June 2019 Wednesday 19 June 2019

Record of business

University Graduate Studies Committee submits regular reports to University Education Committee (its parent committee) to record its recent business.  These reports are available for download (UoB only)