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									                             UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

           ACADEMIC STANDARDS COMMITTEE (POSTGRADUATE)
                    Minutes of the meeting held on Friday 10 March 2006


Present:       Professor G Burgess (Convener), Dr GM Coghill, Professor J Feldmann, Dr F
               Murphy, Professor D Shaw, with Dr L Hall and Dr S Potts and Dr T Webb in
               attendance for items 256, 263 and 265.

Apologies :    Dr DW Hay, Professor D Lurie, Dr L Philip, Dr T Stuchbury and Mr JH Wyllie



                                           MINUTES

254.   The Committee agreed that the minute of the meeting held on 10 December 2005 was
       accurate.
                                                         (copy filed as ASC(PG)/100306/01)


                                      MATTERS ARISING

255.   The Committee agreed that there were no matters arising from the minute of 10 December
       2005.


              CODE OF PRACTICE FOR POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH STUDENTS

256.   The Committee was invited to approve the proposed Code of Practice for Research
       Students, Supervisors, Heads of School, Heads of Graduate School and College
       Postgraduate Officers and consider the issues raised by the Graduate Schools.
                                                               (copy filed as ASC(PG/100306/02)

256.1 The Committee discussed whether it wished to stipulate that each student had more than
      one supervisor and agreed that it did not wish to do so at this time.

256.2 It was further agreed that the writing-up period continue to be referred to as such since it
      was a widely-known term. The Committee was concerned that changing it to “extension
      post-supervised study” could imply that the supervisor was no longer involved, and cause
      some confusion.

256.3 The Committee also discussed the responsibilities listed in the code and considered
      whether they should be less prescriptive in detail, since some of the duties may be
      undertaken by the Graduate School. It was agreed that the Code should be as specific as
      possible in regard to the responsibilities of Supervisors.

256.4 The Committee approved the Code of Practice which would come into operation at the
      start of the next academic year.
                                                                          Action: Clerk
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                  GENERAL REGULATION 24 FOR RESEARCH DEGREES:
                    POSSIBLE OUTCOMES OF THESIS EXAMINATION

257.   The Committee was invited to consider amendments to General Regulation 24 for
       Research Degrees.
                                                     (copy filed as ASC(PG)/100306/03)

257.1 The Committee was informed that concern had been raised by the School of Divinity,
      History and Philosophy that the current regulations, which were amended two years ago,
      did not allow the award of a lower degree or resubmission for a lower degree at the time of
      first examination.

257.2 After considerable discussion, the Committee agreed to amend the regulations to allow
      examiners to make one of the following recommendations at first submission:

       a) the thesis be sustained
       b) the thesis be sustained subject to minor corrections
       c) the candidate may re-submit the thesis in a revised form for the same degree (within a
          stated period which should not exceed twelve months)
       d) the thesis does not meet the standards for the degree being examined but does meet
          the standards for the award of a lower degree (MPhil or one year Master’s) and the
          candidate be awarded that degree without further examination
       e) the candidate may re-submit the thesis in a revised form for a lower degree (MPhil or
          one year Master’s) within a stated period which shall not exceed twelve months
       f) the thesis be not sustained

257.3 In addition, it was agreed that an additional option should be that the candidate may re-
      submit the thesis in a revised form for the same degree (within a stated period which shall
      not exceed twelve months) but the candidate chooses not to re-submit. Where examiners
      consider the thesis meets the standard for the award of a lower degree (MPhil or one year
      Masters) the candidate could be awarded the latter degree without further examination if
      the candidate does not wish to revise and re-submit the thesis.

257.4 The Committee agreed that no amendments were required to the current regulations
      regarding the recommendations examiners could make following re-submission. They
      would remain as follows with no further re-submission permitted:

       a) the thesis be sustained
       b) the thesis be sustained subject to minor corrections
       c) the thesis does not meet the standards for the degree being examined but does meet
          the standards for the award of a lower degree (MPhil or one year Master’s) and the
          candidate be awarded that degree without further examination.
       d) the thesis be not sustained
                                                                                Action: Clerk


         POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISION QUESTIONNAIRE RESULTS FOR 2004/05

258.   The Committee noted the results of the Postgraduate Supervision Questionnaire for
       2004/05.
                                                       (copy filed as ASC(PG)/100306/04)

258.1 It was agreed that these results would be given to the Heads of Graduate Schools to
      discuss with their Schools.
                                                                            Action: Clerk
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                    ISSUES ARISING FROM ELIR: STUDENT FEEDBACK

259.   The Committee was invited by the University Committee on Teaching and Learning to give
       consideration to ways in which to enhance student and staff awareness of the annual
       Postgraduate Supervision Questionnaire.
                                                           (copy filed as ASC(PG)/100306/05)


259.1 The Committee agreed that the Clerk would discuss this with Graduate Schools with a view
      to feeding back to the May meetings of the Academic Standards Committee (Postgraduate)
      and the University Committee on Teaching and Learning in regard to the action proposed.
                                                                                  Action: Clerk


           PROCEDURES FOR DETERMINING PROGRESSION AND AWARD IN
          MODULARISED POSTGRADUATE TAUGHT PROGRAMMES OF STUDY

260.   The Committee agreed to approve the proposed amendments to the procedures for
       determining progression and award in modularised postgraduate taught programmes of
       study, which would clarify the new procedures introduced for 2005/06.
                                                              (copy filed as ASC(PG)/100306/06)

260.1 The Committee also agreed that the existing wording for the Award of Master’s Degree
      with Commendation or Distinction was unclear and should be amended as follows:

       For Commendation: Marks at 15 or better in elements constituting three quarters of the
       total assessment, inclusive of the project/dissertation (which must also be graded at 15 or
       better).

       For Distinction: Marks at 18 or better in elements constituting three quarters of the total
       assessment, inclusive of the project/dissertation (which must also be graded at 18 or
       better).
                                                                                   Action: Clerk


                             DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF MEDICINE

261.   The Committee noted that the College of Life Sciences and Medicine would submit detailed
       proposals for making the Degree of Doctor of Medicine a supervised degree to the
       Academic Standards Committee (Postgraduate) for consideration at its meeting on 12 May
       2006.


           MASTER’S PROGRAMME IN EU STUDIES WITH NANKAI UNIVERSITY, CHINA

262.   The Committee was invited to consider a proposal for a Master’s Programme in EU Studies
       with Nankai University, China.
                                                              (copy filed as ASC(PG)/100306/09)

262.2 The Committee agreed in principle to the proposal and agreed that Sociology should now
      seek College and ASC (Pg) approval of SENAS forms for the new programme and new
      courses.
                                                                                Action: Clerk
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                  VALIDATION OF INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN COLLEGE

263.   The Committee approved the responses to all postgraduate issues from International
       Christian College to the recommendations made by the Validation Panel that visited
       International Christian College in January 2006.
                                                        (copy filed as ASC(PG)/100306/10)
                                                                            Action: Clerk


                            EXTENSION OF SAC ACCREDITATION

264.   The Committee was invited to consider the request from the Scottish Agricultural College to
       extend University of Aberdeen accreditation of the MSc/PgDip programmes in Business
       Management and in Organic Farming for two years until 31 December 2008.
                                                             (copy filed as ASC(PG)/100306/11)

264.1 The Committee approved this request and noted that the extension would apply only to
      students currently enrolled on the programmes and that no new students would be enrolled
      or new programmes submitted for accreditation during this extension period.

264.2 The Committee agreed that, while no formal review or renewal of the current agreement
      would be required during the extension period, the submission of annual reports by the
      Scottish Agricultural College would still be required.
                                                                              Action: Clerk


                 UHI MILLENNIUM INSTITUTE: AWARD OF DEGREE FROM
                     UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN AND SUPERVISION

265.   The Committee was invited to consider by the UHI Millennium Institute whether to award
       University of Aberdeen degrees to students registered with UHI Millennium Institute in
       areas not currently offered at the University of Aberdeen and whether to have joint
       supervisory arrangements in subject areas where UHI Millennium Institute might have
       research student demand but in areas not yet ready for University of Aberdeen
       accreditation.
                                                           (copy filed as ASC(PG)/100306/12)

265.1 The Committee approved these requests in principle and agreed that any arrangement to
      offer degrees to UHI Millennium Institute students in areas not currently offered at the
      University of Aberdeen should include mechanisms by which supervision for research
      students can be maintained should their UHI supervisor become unavailable.
                                                                                 Action: Clerk


                PROGRAMME AND COURSE REVIEW SUMMARY REPORTS

266.   The Committee approved the Student Course Evaluation Form and Programme Review
       Reports and agreed that responses be fed back to Schools.
                                                     (copies filed as ASC(PG)/100306/13a-14b)
                                                                                 Action: Clerk
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                         COURSE AND PROGRAMME PROPOSALS

267.   The Committee noted course and programme proposals approved by Convener’s action
       since 4 November 2005.
                                                      (copy filed as ASC(PG)/100306/15)


                                  ANY OTHER BUSINESS

268.   The Committee was invited to consider whether it was appropriate for the spouse of a
       Supervisor to be appointed as the examiner for the Supervisor’s student. Two such cases
       had arisen recently.

268.1 The Committee agreed that, in principle, such an appointment was not appropriate. Given
      their infrequency, the Committee proposed that such instances should be considered by
      the relevant Head(s) of School on a case by case basis when nominating examiners.


                                 DATE OF NEXT MEETING

269.   The Committee noted that the next meeting would take place on Friday 12 May 2006 in
       Committee Room 2 at 2.00 p.m.

								
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