Terms of reference

  • To advise the Quality Assurance & Enhancement Committee (QAEC) and where appropriate the Vice-Provost Advisory Group (Education) and/or Vice-Provost Advisory Group (Research) on all matters relating to the development of postgraduate education and research as regards PhD, MPhil, EngD and MD(Res) degrees, including any impact on MRes degrees, including joint and collaborative programmes.
  • To advise the (QAEC) and where appropriate the Vice-Provost Advisory Group (Research) and/or Vice-Provost Advisory Group (Education) on changes to higher degree regulations and  the  developments  in  UK  and  international  policy  on  postgraduate  education  and research
  • To implement new initiatives concerning postgraduate research students as requested by QAEC and/or the Vice Provost Advisory Group (Research)
  • To determine the standards and framework by which departments operate for postgraduate education and research
  • To propose and advise on modifications to College regulations and procedures that affect postgraduate research students
  • To oversee the processes of quality assurance for postgraduate research degrees (including those for joint and collaborative programmes) including the development and dissemination of precepts for postgraduate research programmes and the sharing of good practice
  • To undertake reviews of new and existing programmes or awards, including those for joint postgraduate research programmes and awards, including, the periodic reviews of research training, and make recommendations to QAEC as appropriate
  • To consider major changes in programmes, the discontinuation of existing programmes, including those for joint and collaborative postgraduate research programmes, and make recommendations to Senate as appropriate
  • To receive minutes from each of the Joint Postgraduate Research Degree Programme Committees
  • To receive the minutes of the Graduate School’s CDT/DTP Governance Committee
  • To approve postgraduate research examiners and to consider matters arising from their reports
  • To appoint the Special Cases Panel for research programmes and to oversee all special cases, for example for registration, extensions, appointment of examiners and restriction of access to theses
  • To advise on the format and presentation of theses
  • To advise on matters relating to the recruitment and registration of postgraduate research students
  • To oversee the professional skills development programme for postgraduate research students in the College
  • To receive the minutes of the Graduate School’s Postgraduate Professional Development Committee
  • To seek ways to develop and improve the postgraduate research student experience (for example by reference to results from student feedback and relevant surveys)
  • Consideration of departmental survey action plans for the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) or similar surveys
  • The preparation of a summary report on issues and emerging themes, with appropriate recommendations for action, arising from the Committee’s consideration of relevant survey results and student feedback for submission to QAEC
  • To receive and consider statistics for research students on admissions, completion rates, withdrawals, referral and failure rates, destination statistics, examination irregularities (including cases of plagiarism), student appeals and disciplinaries, making recommendations for action as appropriate.
  • To report regularly to QAEC

Constitution and membership


  • Graduate School Director (Chair)
  • Graduate School Deputy Director (Deputy Chair)
  • Vice Provost (Education)
  • Academic Registrar (or nominee)
  • One College Tutor
  • One elected College Consul
  • One representative from each department (normally the Director of Postgraduate Studies)
  • One representative from the School of Professional Development and one representative from the Business School
  • Graduate School Deputy Director (Professional Skills)
  • the ICU Deputy President (Education) and the GSU President (or their nominees) plus up to 3 student representatives as agreed by the GSU & ICU; with the power to co- opt. 
  • An Assistant Registrar as secretary

The Heads of joint and collaborative research degree programmes will be invited to attend for relevant items.

Membership (Academic year 2017/18)
Professor Sue Gibson Director of the Graduate School as Chair
Professor Simone Buitendijk Vice Provost (Education)
Dr Peter Vincent Aeronautics 
Professor Peter Allison Earth Science and Engineering/Deputy Director of the Graduate School 
Professor Daniele Dini Mechanical Engineering 
Dr Marco Aurisicchio Design Engineering 
Mr David Ashton Academic Registrar
Dr Anil Bharath Bioengineering 
Professor Eduardo Saiz Materials 
Dr Matthew Fuchter Chemistry
Professor Amparo Galindo Chemical Engineering 
Dr Kleoniki Gounaris Life Sciences
Professor Jonathan Haskel Imperial College Business School
Professor Andrew Holmes Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Professor Marjo-Riitta Jarvelin School of Public Health
Professor Henrik Jensen Mathematics
Dr Sally Leevers Crick Doctoral Centre
Professor Tony Magee Depty Director of the Graduate School
Dr Bill Proud Physics
Dr Felicity Mellor School of Professional Development
Professor Kevin Murphy Department of Medicine
Professor Alessandra Russo Computing
Professor Michael Seckl Surgery and Cancer
Dr Jem Woods Centre for Environmental Policy
Dr Mark Ungless Institute of Clinical Sciences
Professor Ahmer Wadee Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Yun Xu Consul for the Faculty of Engineering & the Business School
Mr Scott Tucker Assistant Registrar as Secretary
Mr Luke McCrone GSU President
Mr Nick Burstow ICU Deputy President (Education)
Mr Alexandre Adler Student Representative 1
Mr Paul Wan Student Representative 2
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Meeting dates and deadlines

Committee dates 2018/19Submission deadlines 2018/19
24 October 2018 10 October 2018
20 February 2019 06 February 2019
15 May 2019 01 May 2019
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Agenda items (including papers) should be submitted to the committee secretary two weeks prior to the committee meeting. Papers will normally be circulated to members one week prior to the committee meeting. 



Academic year 2018-19

  • 24 October 2018
  • 20 February 2019
  • 15 May 2019

Academic year 2017-18

Academic year 2016-17

Academic year 2015-16

Academic year 2014-15

Academic year 2013-14

Academic year 2012-13

For committee minutes prior to 2012/13, please contact the committee secretary.