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Board of Graduate Studies (BoGS)

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Terms of Reference

  • To advise the Senate on policy and procedures relating to higher degrees, including masters degrees, doctorates and higher doctorates, including the introduction and design of new courses and subjects, major revisions of existing courses and subjects, matters relevant to admission, assessment or examination of students and matters pertaining to academic standards.
  • To submit such recommendations as it deems necessary to the Senate on policy and rules relating to the award of scholarships in the University;
    • To recommend the award of such scholarships as may be entrusted to it;
    • To consider candidates for nomination for national postgraduate scholarships.

Membership

Composition of the Board Member Expiry date (if applicable)
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (Convener) Professor Helen Nicholson Ex-officio
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) Professor Richard Blaikie Ex-officio
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Commerce Associate Professor Lisa McNeill Ex-officio (appointed by the PVC)
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Health Sciences Associate Professor Chrys Jaye Ex-officio (appointed by the PVC)
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Humanities Associate Professor Wayne Stephenson Ex-officio (appointed by the PVC)
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Sciences Associate Professor Nigel Lucas Ex-officio (appointed by the PVC)
Director, International Mr Jason Cushen Ex-officio
Head of Department (or nominee) of the Higher Education Development Centre Professor Tony Harland Ex-officio
Director, Distance Learning Dr Sarah Stein Ex-officio
Director, Quality Advancement Unit Ms Margaret Morgan Ex-officio
Two members appointed by Senate

Associate Professor Helen Roberts

Professor Maree Thyne

December 2022

December 2021

University representative on the Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP) Professor Tim Cooper Ex-officio
Dean, Graduate Research School Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith Ex-officio
Elected postgraduate representative on the OUSA Executive, or a current postgraduate student nominated by the OUSA Ms Sophie Barham December 2021
In attendance
Matt Angel, Academic Committees and Services (supports the Board) matt.angel@otago.ac.nz

The Board has the power to co-opt as required.

Meetings for 2021

Meeting dates, Thursdays at 2:00pm Deadline for submission (5:00pm)
4 February 25 January
4 March 22 February
8 April 29 March
6 May 27 April (due to observance of ANZAC Day)
3 June 24 May
8 July 28 June
5 August 26 July
2 September 23 August
7 October 27 September
4 November 26 October (due to Labour Day)

  • April Meetings of BUGS/BoGS Round One CUAP Deadline for new qualification/major subject/endorsement/major amendments, for following academic year
  • April Meetings of BUGS/BoGS deadline for inclusion in Guide to Enrolment for following academic year
  • June Meetings of BUGS/BoGS deadline for new papers and amendments for the following academic year
  • July Meeting of BUGS/BoGS Round two CUAP Deadline for new qualification/major subject/endorsement/major amendments (normally it is not possible
    to introduce a new programme/major amendments in Round 2 for the following academic year)

Forms

For any academic proposals, download the Proformas for New Proposals  and Resources for Academic Approval Processes