Purpose

The Head of the Department of Psychiatry has approved a Committee made up of members of the Department to coordinate the recruitment of graduate students, monitor and support graduate students whilst they are enrolled for a higher degree in the Department of Psychiatry.

Members and Roles

1. Prof. Simon Baron-Cohen – Chair and Director of Graduate Education

2. Prof. Ed Bullmore – Ex officio member

3. Dr John Suckling – Member

4. Prof. Jeff Dalley – Member

5. Dr Karen Ersche – Member

6. Adisa Broadhurst – Education Supervisor

7. Stephanie Tolhurst – Education Assistant

8. Student Representatives – Camice Revier, Aicha Massrali and Luca Villa

Formation Details

The committee was formed in August 2010 and is comprised of 4 senior academic staff experienced in graduate supervision; two graduate student reps, and the Graduate Education Administrator.

Remit and Goals

1. To ensure that all studentship applications are processed in a fair and timely manner;

2. To monitor and improve the quality of graduate research education in the Department;

3. To take note of and if necessary act upon, graduate student feedback in the department;

4. To discuss graduate complaints confidentially (through the Director of Graduate Education).

5. To inform the Senior Staff of Graduate Education issues

6. To increase funding opportunities for graduate students in the Department

7. To fulfil Departmental responsibilities in relation to graduate students (including maintaining standards).

8. To liaise with the Departmental Representative on the Faculty Graduate Committee

Process

The Committee meets at least termly in person. An agenda will be circulated at least 1 week prior to the meeting. Members of the Committee can request items on the agenda until that time. . Minutes of the meeting are taken and made available to the Head of Department and Senior Staff via the Senior Staff Meeting.

Discussion of items involving specific individuals (students or staff) will be conducted in the absence of the student representatives and may be minuted separately. In any case, confidentiality is a requirement of membership of the Committee.

The Graduate Operations Committee has oversight of quality assurance and implementation of best practice; communications and information, sustainability of the academic mission, consistency of the student experience and support for staff, courses and programmes, across all departments and institutes within the Clinical School.