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Research degrees

Our approach to research degrees

York St John University is aiming to develop a strong, vibrant and sustainable research culture that informs our teaching, inspires our students and staff, enables research excellence, and enhances our academic reputation.



Quality and Standards Committee (QSC)

Within the powers delegated by the Academic Board, the Quality and Standards Committee is responsible for the quality of programmes and standard of awards for all provision.

Research Degrees Sub Committee (RDSC)

Within the powers delegated by the University of Leeds and the QSC, the Research Degrees Sub Committee is responsible for the oversight of research degree provision. RDSC also delegates decisions on admissions, suspensions, extensions, changes of supervisors and delays in transfer assessments to a subgroup of the committee. A School Research Lead can submit one of the above matters to the subgroup for consideration by providing the necessary forms to RDSC’s Committee Secretary ( Decisions made by the subgroup are communicated back to RDSC at the next meeting and, where appropriate, to Leeds Postgraduate Research and Operations (PGRO).

Research Degrees Examination Panel (RDEP)

Within the powers delegated by the Academic Board, the Research Degrees Examination Panel is responsible for the implementation of University policy and procedures for the examination of research degree candidates.  RDEP is also responsible for the consideration of requests for suspensions or extensions which occur whilst a student is within the examination process.

Research Committee

The Research Committee is responsible for advising on research policy for the monitoring and support of research activity at the University. For more information on the Committee contact the Executive Officer.

Cross-School Research Ethics Committees (CSRECs)

The three Cross-School Research Ethics Committees are responsible for considering approval, all research undertaken by academic staff and research students that might reasonably be considered to raise ethical questions. More information about the committees can be found on the Research Ethics & Integrity webpage.

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