Research Progression and Awards Boards

Progression and Awards Boards for Research Degrees (RPABs) consider all matters relating to the progression and awards of MPhil, PhD by thesis, PhD by previous published works, Professional Doctorate (Stage 2) and PhD (1+3 route).

One of their key functions is to oversee and approve all applications for registration, confirmation, suspension and/or extension and withdrawal, and undertake annual progress monitoring for all students on research programmes as noted above. 

RPABs have the responsibility of ensuring that the Regulations for the Award of Research Degrees at Glasgow Caledonian University are applied fairly and transparently. The boards are responsible to the University Senate. 

Each academic school has its own Board, comprised of the following voting members; Senior Postgraduate Research Tutor (Chair), Associate Dean of Research, all School Postgraduate Research Tutors, 3 experienced PGR supervisors and 2 representatives from other Schools (SPGRT or PGRT) along with non-voting advisors; Graduate School representative, Chair Research Degrees Committee and Professional Doctorate Director. 

The Boards are clerked by the School Programme Coordinator (Research Degrees) and attended by a representative from Registry. The proceedings of Progression and Awards Boards for Research Degrees are strictly confidential.

Research Progression and Awards Boards 2021/22

School of Health and Life Sciences (SHLS)

Last Date for Receipt of RDC Forms* (by 12 noon)

Date of Meeting

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Thursday, 7 April 2022

Wednesday, 8 June 2022

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment (SCEBE)

Last Date for Receipt of RDC Forms* (by 12 noon)

Date of Meeting

Friday, 20 August 2021

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Friday, 29 October 2021

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Friday, 7 January 2022

Thursday, 27 January 2022

Friday, 11 March 2022

Wednesday, 30 March 2022

Friday, 6 May 2022

Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Friday, 10 June 2022

Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Glasgow School for Business and Society (GSBS)

Last Date for Receipt of RDC Forms* (by 12 noon)

Date of Meeting

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Wednesday, 9 March 2022

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Wednesday, 1 June 2022

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Wednesday, 14 September 2022

* Receipt of forms by deadline does not guarantee consideration and/or approval at the relevant board as forms require review by PGRT/ADR prior to board. 

Please allow time for the processing of decisions following the RPAB meeting. For further information, please contact your School Programme Coordinator (Research Degrees) or Research Administrator.


RDC1    Registration of study

RDC2    Confirmation of Progression

RDC3    Extension/suspension of study period

RDC4    Change of Supervisor

RDC6    Change of status

Please note, RDC5 Exam arrangement applications are considered by the Chair of the Research Degrees Committee on an on-going basis and are not considered by School RPABs. 

RDC8 candidate declaration forms do not require board approval.