Research Degree Programmes

LTDS has responsibility for the Quality Assurance and Enhancement of Research Degree Programmes Framework. This framework provides Schools and Institutes with an opportunity to reflect on their current practice as described in the Quality Assurance and Enhancement Framework for Research Degree Programmes.

In practice, it works as follows:

A) Schools/Institutes complete a short reflective annual Report covering all their Research Degree Programmes: Annual Report Form

B) These are submitted to the relevant Graduate School Committee which creates an overarching report to ULTSEC or a nominated sub-committee: Graduate School Committee Annual Report template

Annual Reviews are supplemented by half-day Audit visits, two per faculty per year. The Faculties select which Schools/Institutes to visit and LTDS is responsible for the organisation and support of visits.

LTDS is also responsible for the Policy on Postgraduates Who Teach and the Principles for External Supervision Arrangements.

The Student Progress Service has very extensive support on their Postgraduate Research Student Administration page covering, amongst other areas:

  • Good practice in provision for doctoral students
  • Research handbook
  • Handbook for examiners of research degrees
  • Code of Practice for research degree programmes
  • Intellectual Property rights for research students

For policy queries, or to request copies of documentation in alternative formats please contact ltds@ncl.ac.uk, ext. 88491/83978

Doctoral Training Centres

LTDS is responsible for the principles for the bidding, operation and management of Doctoral Training Partnerships, Centres for Doctoral Training and other funding routes, including research grant applications that incorporate a Doctoral Training Centre.

PGR Innovation Fund

LTDS also supports the PGR Innovation Fund, an annual scheme (begun in 2013) that provides funding for groups of students working on projects that will enhance the postgraduate research student experience.