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Important aspects of the role of a Research Student Representative are to represent and engage with other research students. Student Representatives will attend meetings and act as a conduit between students and the University, taking forward matters and students’ views that arise from within the faculties, and those that occur centrally, and raise them where it matters within the University. They also ensure that feedback is taken back to the group of students they represent and by doing so ensure that students are kept up to date with current initiatives and developments, and feel that their views and concerns are taken seriously.
You can find out more about the role of Research Student Representatives at Oxford Brookes by downloading the Research Student Representatives role and responsibilities document. If you are interested in becoming a Research Student Representative, please contact Matthew Kidd in the Research Degrees Team.
Details of the different University Committees and the Research Student Representatives on each of the Committees can be found below.
You can contact the Research Student Representative(s) for your department using the email addresses below:
The Graduate College Steering Group (GCSG) is responsible to the Research Degrees Committee and Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee for research students, training and the quality, standards, promotion and operation of the research
programmes and degrees.
Meeting papers and minutes can be found
The Research Degrees Committee (RDC) has devolved responsibility for all matters related to the University’s research degree programmes and research students. It produces regulations and codes of practice in line with external requirements and HEFCE guidelines and reports to the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee on all areas of its remit.
The Committee is also responsible for continually monitoring the programme at all levels across the University to ensure that faculties are working within the regulations and codes. It monitors supervision, students’ progress, reviews facilities both at faculty and University level, and reports its findings to the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee and the University via its Annual Report.
Meeting papers and minutes can be found here.
The Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee (RKEC) holds primary responsibility for the functional operation of the powers of Academic Board in relation to research activities and postgraduate research students.
RKEC is responsible to the Academic Board for policy and processes for research and knowledge exchange, research students and the quality, standards and operation of research programmes and degrees.
The Committee also develops strategic policy, for recommendation to the Academic Board, including policies and practice relating to recruitment and admission, develops research training and monitors the work of schools and directorates in relation to research and knowledge exchange.
The University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) has a multi-disciplinary membership that includes academic researchers (staff and students) from across the faculties and non-research lay members from within and outside the University. It has specific responsibility for reviewing research undertaken by staff and research students (registered for an MPhil, MPhil/PhD or Professional Doctorate) that involves human participants, data or material, including both approving proposed research studies prior to the commencement of data collection and monitoring the progress of research that it has approved, to ensure compliance with approved ethics procedures.
UREC is also responsible for ensuring that faculties have approved procedures in place for the ethics review of projects undertaken within their faculty. Research Ethics Officers provide an annual report to UREC on ethics review in their faculty and UREC in turn provides an annual report to the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee and the Board of Governors.
The Chair of UREC will meet with students who put themselves forward for the role of Research Student Representative on this Committee, in order to fully explain the role and the work involved.
Meeting minutes and papers for the faculty Research Degrees Sub-Committees and faculty Research and Knowledge Exchange Committees can be found here.
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