Board for Postgraduate Studies and Research


The University has established the Board for Postgraduate Studies and Research to provide the principal administrative direction for its research activities. The Board is chaired by the Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic) and consists of the Senior Research Fellow, Deans and members from all the academic departments, and the Library.

The formal establishment and purpose of the Board for Postgraduate Studies and Research is to, within the overall research strategy set by the Academic Board, advise and make recommendations to the Academic Board on:



1. To advise Academic Board on the development and review of academic policies for:

  • The approval and monitoring of research degrees
  • Entry requirements and admissions policies for postgraduate and research degrees.
  • Academic regulations related to postgraduates and research degrees.
  • Information and learning support for postgraduates and research students.
  • The assessment of postgraduates and research students including external examination and the appeals procedure.
  • 2. To work in collaboration with the Board of Undergraduate Studies to ensure a consistent approach to learning and teaching.
    3. To consider and advise the Academic Board on issues raised by External Examiners.
    4. To consider and advise the Academic Board on issues raised by students' surveys.
    5. To oversee the correct implementation of University policies and compliance with regulations related to postgraduates studies and research degrees.
    6. To discharge such other functions as the Academic Board or the Vice Chancellor may determine.

    II. Research

    1. To consider strategic planning and policy development matters relating to research and enterprise, including business relationships and knowledge transfer activities, and to make recommendations to Academic Board and the Executive Management Board as appropriate.
    2. To monitor the delivery of aspects of approved strategy relating to the above.
    3. To promote, encourage and disseminate high quality research across the University.
    4. To consider and advise the Academic Board on applications for Ethical approvals.
    5. To consider and advise the Vice Chancellor on applications to attend conferences.
    6. To monitor and evaluate research initiatives across the University.
    7. To consider matters relating to the establishment, monitoring and closure of individual Research Centres and Units.
    8. To encourage interaction in the University within, and across, subject disciplines (or Departmental boundaries) to facilitate interdisciplinary research and enterprise.
    9. To oversee interactions with relevant funding agencies, and public and private bodies concerning research and enterprise and its assessment.
    10. To discharge such other functions as the Academic Board or the Vice Chancellor may determine.