College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dean of Postgraduate Studies

The Dean of Postgraduate Studies in CAHSS.

The Dean of Postgraduate Studies leads the development of Postgraduate Strategy in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and coordinates the academic management of all matters postgraduate for the College as a whole. Their appointment is part-time (0.5FTE).

The Dean convenes the College Postgraduate Studies Committee, and is a member of the College Quality Assurance & Enhancement Committee, Planning and Resources Committee, and International Committee and represents the College on the Senatus Researcher Experience Committee and Senatus Learning & Teaching Committee.

The Dean pays particular attention to the UG / PGT boundary of taught courses and provision as well as the Learning & Teaching Strategy review and implementation, working closely with the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and to raising the profile of PGR students, working closely with the College Dean of Research, the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts & Humanities and the Scottish Graduate School for Social Sciences.

The Dean considers appropriate support processes or mechanisms for research students as quasi members of staff, including their equipment needs, training requirements, career development and integration into research groups, as well as the interface between PGR and PGT students in terms of training.

The Dean also works with the Student Systems Office on EUCLID developments for PG admissions and PG on-course support, overseeing the development of College policy and recommending College and School processes and systems that deliver the necessary quality, responsiveness and flexibility.

The Dean is supported by the College Postgraduate Office. With the Director of Academic and Student Administration, the Dean regularly reviews the structure of PG processes needed for our Schools and the College Office. These changes may, for example, result from developments to EUCLID, and changes to academic regulations. The Dean thus plays an important role in designing and implementing any changes throughout the College. The Dean works closely with the Director of Academic and Student Administration, and with support and academic staff within the College, the Schools and the wider University, in developing and implementing policy.

The Dean works closely with the other Deans and senior College Managers. The Dean reports to the Head of College and may also be asked by the Head of College to assist with other aspects of College management. The Dean is a member of College Planning and Resources Committee, and may on occasion be expected to deputise for the Head of College in convening appointments committees, or in attending certain University committees.