PGR Committee

Committee description

Secretary: Mrs Michelle Keeley-Adamson, Email:

Terms of Reference

  1. To be responsible to the Senate for the oversight and monitoring performance of the University’s strategies and plans in relation to postgraduate research (PGR) programmes and students.
  2. To consider proposed revisions to University Ordinances, Regulations, Policies and Procedures for postgraduate research students and programmes, and to make recommendations.
  3. To consider all issues relating to the quality assurance and enhancement of postgraduate research degree programmes and report to the relevant University committees.
  4. To receive reports and recommendations where appropriate from the Liverpool Doctoral College on matters such as arrangements for PGR skills training and supervisor training; PGR community development; PGR placements; PGR marketing and communications; PGR student feedback and PGR fees and funding.
  5. To receive reports from Faculty PGR Committees on relevant matters.
  6. To receive copies of relevant reports to PGR student funding bodies.
  7. To oversee all aspects of PGR collaborative provision, including approving the renewal of collaborative arrangements and referring information to the relevant University committees.
  8. To oversee the University’s interactions with external bodies in relation to quality assurance matters, e.g. Office for Students (OfS), QAA.

Committee Relationships

The PGR Committee will report to Senate and refer issues to the Research and Impact Committee, the Education Committee and other groups as required.

Frequency of Meetings

The PGR Committee usually meets on four occasions during the academic year.


The quorum for meetings of the PGR Committee shall be one quarter of the membership.

Members or key people

Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Research Environment and Postgraduate Research Professor S Yates
Faculty Directors of Postgraduate Research:  
    Humanities and Social Sciences   Professor David Dolowitz
    Health and Life Sciences Dr Neil Blake
    Science and Engineering Dr Clare Dixon
Liverpool Doctoral College Manager Mr Stephen Bickerstaff
Student Guild Representative Mr A Hussain and Ms C Field
Representatives of the Academic Quality and Standards Division  Trish Barker and Liz Dixon
A PGR Development/Training Representative Dr Eli Saetnan
Student Administration Representative Paula Harrison
Faculty PGR Administrative Leads:  
    Humanities and Social Sciences Hayley Meloy
    Health and Life Sciences Lisa Crimmins
    Science and Engineering Hannah Walton (nee Fosh)

The Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Impact will attend when required.

Other members may be co-opted or invited to attend for specific meetings at the discretion of the Committee.


Meeting dates

  • 1 October 2020, 2.00 pm
  • 11 January 2021, 2.00 pm
  • 3 March 2021, 2.00 pm
  • 2 June 2021, 2.00 pm

A full schedule of Committee meeting dates can be viewed here.