Its terms of reference were wide-ranging, including: organisational and structural issues (the roles of the Schools, Faculties, Degree Committees and Board of Graduate Studies); fees and funding for postgraduate students; titles for taught and research postgraduate degrees; graduate admissions; and the roles of the colleges.
The Review Group provided its third and final report to the General Board in July 2007, which approved that report and took steps to establish a Steering Committee to take forward the review’s recommendations. Faculties, colleges, administrative bodies and the student unions have been asked for feedback on the recommendations.
Prof. Ian Leslie, the Chair of the Steering Committee for the Review of Graduate Education, has authorised the publication of the third report online with access for members of the University, and provided the following text to explain its status:
The 3rd Report of the Review of Graduate Education was endorsed by the General Board as a roadmap for developing Graduate Education at Cambridge. Many of the recommendations require further refinement and consultation across the collegiate University and some will require formal proposals to be put before the Regent House. A Steering Group has been set up to progress this work; some small changes have been made; and some piloting activities are underway.
Many of the organisational changes set forth in the Report will require corresponding functionality in the CamSIS student information system; this will have a direct impact on the timing of developments.
Prof. Ian Leslie
Members of the university can access reports of the Review Group, responses to those reports and related information using the links below:
- Review of Graduate Education: Final (Third) Report to the General Board
- Report of 5 July 2007 (draft), approved in its final form by the General Board on 11 July 2007. This draft was presented to GU Council on 29 November 2007.
- Response from the Board of Graduate Studies
- The Board of Graduate Studies has expressed its happiness to support the recommendations of the Review in a meeting of 23 October 2007.
- Work to support the implementation of some of the recommendations has already started, and as Prof Leslie notes some piloting activities are in progress. It has also commented on progress in its Annual Reports.
- Graduate Union Update on Early Progress (2006)
- Update from Ruth Keeling presented to a meeting of GU Council, 7 March 2006
- Initiation and Terms of Reference
- The General Board discussed the start of the Review, and the initial focus amongst its terms of reference, in a meeting of 12 October 2005.
- Updates were presented regularly in later meetings.