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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. These programmes include Doctoral programmes and Master's research thesis programmes (where the thesis is at least 90 points);
  • 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 associate Deans Postgraduate (or equivalent), 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).


Composition of the CommitteeMemberExpiry Date (if applicable)
Dean, Graduate Research School (Convener)Associate Professor Diane RuwhiuEx-officio
Deputy Dean, Graduate Research SchoolProfessor David BaxterEx-officio
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise)Professor Richard BlaikieEx-officio
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee), Division of CommerceProfessor Lisa McNeill16 May 2025
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee), Division of Health SciencesProfessor Chrys Jaye31 December, 2024
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee), Division of HumanitiesProfessor Wayne Stephenson31 December, 2023
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee), Division of SciencesAssociate Dean Postgraduate (Sciences)31 December, 2025
Director (or nominee), InternationalDanielle Yamamoto KerrEx-officio (appointed by the Director)
Head of Department (or nominee), Higher Education Development CentreAssociate Professor Vijay MallanEx-officio
Manager, Postgraduate Scholarships, Prizes and AwardsPeter BostonEx-officio
Manager, Graduate Research SchoolBronwen StephensEx-officio
Elected postgraduate representative on the OUSA Executive, or a current postgraduate student nominated by the OUSAHanna Friedlander31 December 2024
In attendanceMemberExpiry Date (if applicable)
Academic staff members representing Professional Doctorate programmes (DClinDent, DBA, EdD and DMA)Associate Professor Sunyoug Ma31 December 2024
 Dr Sarah Carr31 December 2024
 Dr Helen Trevethan 31 December 2024
Committee SecretaryMichelle Bennie
Group Leaders, Student Administration  
Lead Administrator, Student Administration  

Meetings for 2024

Please find below the meeting dates for the Graduate Research Committee in 2024.

  • Tuesday 27 February
  • Tuesday 26 March
  • Tuesday 30 April
  • Tuesday 28 May
  • Tuesday 25 June
  • Tuesday 30 July
  • Tuesday 27 August
  • Tuesday 24 September
  • Tuesday 29 October
  • Tuesday 26 November

These meetings will commence at 2:00pm.

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