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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.


Composition of the Board Member Expiry date (if applicable)
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (Convener) Professor Vernon Squire Ex-officio
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) Professor Richard Blaikie Ex-officio
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Commerce Dr Fiona Edgar Ex-officio (appointed by the PVC)
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Health Sciences Professor Alison Rich Ex-officio (appointed by the PVC)
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Humanities Dr Sophie Bond Ex-officio (appointed by the PVC)
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Division of Sciences Associate Professor Sally Shaw 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

Professor Karl Lyons

Professor William Harris

December 2019

December 2018

University representative on the Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP) Associate Professor Tim Cooper Ex-officio
University representative on the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee Scholarships Committee Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith Ex-officio
Elected postgraduate representative on the OUSA Executive, or a current postgraduate student nominated by the OUSA Mr Kirio Birks December 2018
In attendance
Committee Secretary Gregor Macaulay, Calendar Editor and Regulations Adviser; ext 8392

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

Meetings for 2018

Meeting dates, Thursdays at 2pmDeadline for submission (Monday, 5pm)
8 February29 January
8 March26 February
12 April26 March (prior to Easter)
3 May23 April
7 June28 May
5 July25 June
2 August23 July
6 September27 August
4 October24 September
8 November29 October

  • 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
  • August 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)

Minutes of meetings

Minutes for 2017

Minutes for 2016

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