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Governance and Committees

Please see below for details of all Research Degrees and Researcher Development governance groups and committees:

Manchester Doctoral College Strategy Group

The Manchester Doctoral College (MDC) Strategy Group is responsible for strategic and policy matters in relation to all aspects of postgraduate research (PGR) and early career research, the group aims to drive the quality and quantity of postgraduate research students and maximise their experience during their time at the University. The MDC Strategy Group will also work closely with the Postgraduate Research Management Group (PRMG).

Aims:

In particular the MDC Strategy Group will:

  • Lead on the formulation, development and implementation of postgraduate research and early career research strategy in line with the Institution’s research policy
  • Enhance the internal and external profile of PGR activity at the UoM and ensure requirements of external agencies such as the Research Councils and QAA are adhered to
  • Provide strategic leadership on PGR recruitment issues in line with the strategic objectives of the University
  • Ensure parity and consistency across the University of PGR policies, regulations and information management in order to deliver the highest standards of internationally competitive doctoral programmes and optimise the PGR student experience
  • Develop and promote University-wide schemes for funding PGR students such as the President’s Doctoral Scholar Award
  • Set standards and expectations for postgraduate research students and the University and set out a code of practice
  • Provide strategic input into the development and operation of the University’s PGR progression system 
  • Maintain the link and provide strategic input for PGT activity as it feeds into and underpins doctoral education
  • Scan the international horizon to maintain international comparability
  • Share good practice and facilitate interchange between Faculties, Schools and Centres for Doctoral Training

Membership:

MDC is a collaboration between staff from across the University who are dedicated to providing the best possible student experience for postgraduate research students. The members for this group are:

Associate Vice-President for Research (Chair)
Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research, Faculty of Humanities
Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Director of Research and Business Engagement
Head of Research Degrees and Researcher Development (RDRD)
Senior Representative from DSE (DSE)
Representatives of Graduate Administration (Faculty PGR Managers)
Head of Research Services and Deputy Librarian (Library)
Research Degrees and Researcher Development team
Student Representative from University of Manchester Student’s Union
Faculty PGR Representatives

PGRs can raise items for discussion via their PGR representatives.

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

School of Medical Sciences – Megan sharps - megan.sharps@manchester.ac.uk 

School of Health sciences – Jana Sremankova  - Jana.Sremankova@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

School of Biological sciences – Jordie Roberts – jordie.roberts@manchester.ac.uk

Faculty of Humanities

Laura Arnott - laura.arnott@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

Simon Walgenbach - simon.walgenbach@manchester.ac.uk

Victor Secco - victor.secco@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Perpetual Idehen - perpetual.idehen@manchester.ac.uk

Manasij Pal Chowdhury - manasij.palchowdhury@manchester.ac.uk

 

Meetings for 2020/21:

  • 30 September 2020
  • 21 October 2020
  • 18 November 2020
  • 16 December 2020
  • 27 January 2021
  • 24 February 2021
  • 24 March 2021
  • 28 April 2021
  • 26 May 2021
  • 23 June 2021
  • 28 July 2021

Postgraduate Research Management Group

Postgraduate Research Managers Group (PRMG) focuses on the operational issues that arise with Postgraduate Research Students, including implementation of processes and procedures. The group reports to the Manchester Doctoral College and may forward to the MDC strategy group recommendations that inform academic strategies and policies. 

Aims:

The purpose of the group is

  • To discuss and agree a broad range of graduate education issues
  • Share information and good practice across faculties
  • Facilitate networking and communication across and between institutional and Faculty graduate education structures.

Membership:

Head of Research Degrees and Researcher Development (Chair)
Research Degrees and Researcher Development Officer (Secretary)
PGR and Researcher Development Manager
PGR and Research Development Coordinator
PGR Services Manager, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Postgraduate Research Operations Manager, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
PGR Support Services Manager, Faculty of Humanities
PGR Officer, Faculty of Humanities
Graduate School Manager, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Humanities
PGR Services Manager, Faculty of Science and Engineering
PGR Teaching Learning & Students Officer, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Graphene Nownano CDT Centre Manager, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Meetings for 2020/21:

  • 16 September 2020
  • 14 October 2020
  • 11 November 2020
  • 09 December 2020
  • 20 January 2021
  • 10 February 2021
  • 17 March 2021
  • 21 April 2021
  • 19 May 2021
  • 16 June 2021
  • 21 July 2021

Researcher Development Group

Researcher Development Group Terms of Reference

Internal Content Review Process

The group is convened as a forum for cross Faculty discussion and coordination relating to training provision and researcher development activities for both PGR and research staff.

The group will report to Manchester Doctoral College Strategy Group (on PGR activities) and Research Staff Strategy Group and University Research Group (research staff activities). 

Aims:

The group will:

  • Annually coordinate and plan training provision
  • Contribute to the development of a researcher development strategy
  • Evaluate PGR and research staff training provision in the form of an annual training report to Manchester Doctoral Centre Strategy Group (MDCSG), Research Staff Strategy Group (RSSG) and University Research Group (URG)
  • Review training content to ensure an innovative approach to PGR and researcher development training provision is taken
  • Ensure and improve visibility and communication of training provision to PGRs and Research Staff
  • Share information and best practice
  • Coordinate and support three to four University wide initiatives a year, for example, write month, wellbeing month, research staff conference
  • Recommend a budget to MDCSG to support centrally coordinated activities

Membership

PGR and Researcher Development Manager (Chair)
PGR and Researcher Development Coordinator (Secretary)
Associate Vice-President Research
Representatives from each Faculty Researcher Development team
Representative from Staff Learning and Development
Representative from the Careers Service
Representative from the Library
Representative from Research IT
Representative from Masood Enterprise Centre
One PGR and One RS Representative from each Faculty

Research Staff Representaitves on University's Researcher Development Group

Dr Claudia Lindner, School of Health Sciences

Dr Hanan Messiha, School of Natural Sciences

Postgradute Researcher Represenatives on University's Researcher Development Group

Matthew Sanderson, School of Education, Environment and Development

Katie Downes, School of Biological Sciences 

Caitlin Waddesll, School of Medical Sciences

Jana Sremankova, School of Health Sciences

Meetings for 2020/21:

The group meets once every two months.

  • 16 September 2020
  • 11 November 2020
  • 13 January 2021
  • 10 March 2021
  • 12 May 2021
  • 14 July 2021

Research Staff Strategy Group

Research Staff Strategy Group Terms of Reference

The group is convened as a forum for cross Faculty discussions in relation to the personal and career development of University research staff and to develop a University wide strategy for the development of research staff.

The group will report to Research Strategy Group (RSG) and concordat discussions to HR subcommittee. 

Aims:

The group will:

  • Monitor and report on the Researcher Development Concordat implementation action plan and prepare for the renewal of the HR Excellence in Research award.
  • Develop a research staff development strategy.
  • Raise awareness of career and development opportunities for research staff via a dedicated research staff communications strategy.
  • Monitor and develop solutions to issues raised in research staff survey.
  • Lead on University wide initiatives relating to research staff, for example, P&DR roll out, extending access beyond end of contract.
  • Ensure that existing policies and guidelines clearly outline the role of research staff.

Membership:

Associate Vice President Research (Chair)
PGR and Researcher Development Manager (Secretary)
Associate Dean Researcher Development, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Representative of Researcher Development Team, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Research Staff Representative, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Vice Dean for Research and Innovation, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Representative of CARD, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Research Staff Representative, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Deputy AD Research, Faculty of Humanities
Representative of Research Development Team, Faculty of Humanities
Research Staff Representative, Faculty of Humanities
Learning and Development Partner, Staff Learning and Development
Representative from the Library
Representative from HR
Representative from Comms and Marketing
Representative from the Research Lifecycle Project

Research Staff Representatives on University's Research Staff Strategy Group

Dr Tom Bannan, School of Natural Sciences

Dr Joan Chang, School of Biological Sciences

Dr Deborah Ralls, School of Education, Environment and Development

Meetings for 2020/21:

The group meets once every two months.

  • 30 September 2020
  • 25 November 2020
  • 27 January 2021
  • 24 March 2021
  • 26 May 2021
  • 28 July 2021

CDT / DTP Governance Committee

Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) and Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) Governance Group is responsible for ensuring common high standards and quality assurance across all University of Manchester Centres for Doctoral Training and Doctoral Training Partnerships.  The group also acts as a forum in which to share good practice across the University’s CDT/DTPs.

Aims:

  • Ensure that CDT/DTP structures meet University Regulations and PGR Code of Practice
  • Support CDT/DTPs in meeting the commitments specified within the approved funding proposal
  • Receive and consider annual summaries of demographic/admission data from each CDT/DTP
  • Receive copies of annual and/or mid-term funder reports
  • On an annual basis, to receive the membership and terms of reference of the CDT/DTP industrial/external advisory boards
  • Consider feedback from CDT/DTP mid-term and annual reviews
  • Provide support for new CDT/DTP bids and renewal applications for existing programmes
  • Highlight shared or common issues, and examples of good practice, related to the management and delivery of CDT/DTP programmes
  • Consider ways in which the good practices of CDT/DTPs could be extended to students beyond the centres and partnerships
  • Provide a forum to share intelligence regarding funder expectations/priorities

Membership

Associate Vice-President for Research (Chair)
PGR Research and Researcher Development Coordinator (Secretary)
Head of Research Degrees and Researcher Development
Representatives of Graduate Administration (Faculty PGR Managers)
Head of PGR and Internationalisation Support Services, Faculty of Humanities
CDT Director - EPSRC CDT Nuclear Energy- GREEN
CDT Director - EPSRC CDT Advanced Biomedical Materials
CDT Director - EPSRC CDT Integrated Catalysis (iCAT)
CDT Director - EPSRC CDT Graphene NOWNANO
CDT Director - EPSRC CDT Power Networks
CDT Director – EPSRC Advanced Metallic Systems
CDT Director - EPSRC CDT M4DE
CDT Director – EPSRC/MRC CDT Regenerative Medicine
Representatives from:

  • BBSRC DTP / MRC DTP
  • British Heart Foundation Programme
  • Wellcome Trust Programme
  • AHRC North West Consortium DTP
  • ESRC North West DTC and NWSSDTP

Meetings for 2020/21

The CDT/DTP Governance Group meets twice a year. Dates TBC

 

CDT / DTP Administrators Group

The Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) and Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) Administrators Group brings together administrators from all University of Manchester Centres for Doctoral Training and Doctoral Training Partnerships.

As part of its work it may make recommendations to the CDT/DTP Governance group to inform academic strategy.

Aims:

The purpose of the group is to

  • Discuss and agree a broad range of issues relating to CDT/DTP provision
  • Facilitate communication across centres to support strategic aims
  • Act as a forum in which to share good practice across the University's CDT/DTPs

Membership:

Head of Research Degrees and Researcher Development
PGR Research and Researcher Development Coordinator
Representatives of Graduate Administration in each Faculty
Administrative representation from:

  • CDT Manager - EPSRC CDT Nuclear Energy- GREEN
  • CDT Manager - EPSRC CDT Advanced Biomedical Materials
  • CDT Manager - EPSRC CDT Integrated Catalysis (iCAT)
  • CDT  Manager - EPSRC CDT Graphene NOWNANO
  • CDT Manager - EPSRC CDT Power Networks
  • CDT Manager – EPSRC Advanced Metallic Systems
  • CDT Manager - EPSRC CDT M4DE
  • CDT Manager – EPSRC/MRC CDT Regenerative Medicine
  • BBSRC DTP / MRC DTP
  • Wellcome Trust Programme  
  • AHRC North West Consortium DTP
  • ESRC North West DTC and NWSSDTP

Meetings for 2020/21:

The group aims to meet once every two months, dates TBC.