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External Research Degrees Committee

Terms of reference

(i) To make decisions on the admission, candidature, progress and examination of all candidates for research degrees in the Accredited Institutions, within the academic areas approved for this purpose by the University.

(ii) To assure attainment of our academic standards and an equivalent student experience of candidates through appropriate quality assurance procedures in accordance with the University's Regulations and Code of Practice for Research Candidature and Supervision which govern such candidature.

(iii) To report to the Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC) on (i) and (ii) above, and on related issues.


Members of staff from the University of Southampton, (from appropriate disciplines) appointed by the Chair, AQSC.

  • Professor Derek McGhee, Chair, Department of Social Sciences
  • Professor Peter Middleton*, Department of English
  • Professor Neil Gregor, Department of History
  • Professor Linda Williams, Department of English
  • Dr Phil Higha, Department of Psychology
  • Dr Victoria Korzeniowska, Head of Quality Standards and Accreditation Team, and Assistant Director, Student and Academic Administration: 

Two representatives from University of Chichester

  • Dr Andrew Dixon, Director of Research
  • Dr Antony Walsh, Head of Research and Employer Engagement Office


* Professor Middleton is designated as the Deputy Chair of the Committee.

Secretary: Ms Caroline Gamble.

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