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Graduate Research Committee

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The Graduate Research Committee is a sub-committee of the Board of Graduate Studies (BOGS), and has delegated decision-making powers for operational graduate research matters. It also provides advice to the Board of Graduate Studies on policy and regulations regarding graduate research.

Terms of Reference

  • To provide academic oversight of the graduate research degree programmes at the University of Otago;
  • To make decisions on behalf of the Board of Graduate Studies relating to the admission and enrolment, progress, approved study and examinations, of candidates for thesis-based doctoral degrees, delegating as appropriate to the Dean of the Graduate Research School;
  • To consider the matters placed before it by the Dean, Graduate Research School and the Doctoral and Scholarships Office, and provide academic advice and recommend appropriate actions for implementation through established procedures; and,
  • To review the policy and regulations for Doctoral and Master's study in the University in the light of the material placed before it and recommend any modifications to policy or regulations to the Board of Graduate Studies through the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise).

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NameDepartmentRepresentingExpiry Date (if applicable)ExtensionEmail
Professor Richard BlaikieDeputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise)Chair
Associate Professor Lachy PatersonGraduate Research School, Acting DeanEx-Officio31 May,
Associate Professor Fiona EdgarManagementCommerce31 December,
Associate Professor Lois Surgenor Psychological MedicineHealth Sciences31 December, 2018(03) 372
Associate Professor Sally ShawSchool of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise SciencesSciences31 December,
Dr Sophie BondGeographyHumanities31 December,
Dr Vijay MallanStudent Learning Centre31 December,
Peter BostonGraduate Research
Andrew LonieGraduate Research
In Attendance
Susan CraigGraduate Research SchoolSecretary

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Meetings for 2018

Please find below the meeting dates and venues for the Graduate Research Committee in 2018.

  • Tuesday February 27th, AVC1, eConferencing Suite
  • Tuesday March 27th, AVC2, eConferencing Suite
  • Tuesday April 24th, Committee Room North
  • Tuesday May 29th, Committee Room North
  • Tuesday June 26th, AVC1, eConferencing Suite
  • Tuesday July 31st, Committee Room North
  • Tuesday August 28th, AVC1, eConferencing Suite
  • Tuesday September 25th, Committee Room North
  • Tuesday October 30th, Committee Room North
  • Tuesday November 27th, Committee Room North

These meeting will commence at 2pm. The Zoom link for these meetings is: