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We refer to the University Graduate College as a Community of researchers; this does not just characterise our activities, but also our approach to decision making. The University Graduate College is informed at every stage by the views of research, both research students and their supervisors.

The Postgraduate Student Representatives, selected in every School of the University, meet as a Postgraduate Representatives Forum, which selects PGR members of the University Graduate College governance structure.

There are four Programme Teams, each focussing on one of the four functional areas of the UGC: Quality Experience
Training & Development
Facilities and
Building Capacities.

Each Programme Team is chaired by either the Dean or Deputy Dean and has membership of Directors of PGR Studies, PGR students, plus relevant administrative staff from Directorates.

There are also four Discipline Teams, which are aligned to the main Research Council areas: Economic and Social Sciences; Humanities; Biomedical and Heath Sciences; and Engineering and Physical Sciences. Again, Discipline Group membership includes Directors of PGR Studies, PGR Students and relevant members of staff. The Discipline Groups are expected to advise the Training and Development Programme team – in particular – and also to work with relevant Research Councils bids and Capacity Building.

The Programme Teams report to a strategic University Graduate College Board, chaired by the Dean, whose membership included six Heads of Schools, one academic member from each of the Programme teams, two PGRs, the Director of Registry and University Director of Strategic Development.

Although the role of the PGR Reps and the DPGRS is to canvas views in their School and feed these into the governance structure, we are also happy to receive suggestions and comments at any time. Get in touch via email at

We also seek views through our regular evaluation mechanisms (such as workshop feedback forms) and through occasional surveys. Biennially, we participate in the Higher Education Academy survey called the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey. We report the results to the whole community and, in partnership with researchers, plan actions to address any issues that have emerged.