The Steering Committee is the collegiate body of the Doctorate School of the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC) and is also responsible for the internal quality assurance system of the Doctorate School.
The Steering Committee comprises:
The Vice-Rector of Research, Innovation and Transference, who serves as the chairman.
The Director of the Doctorate School
The Coordinators of the doctoral programmes
The Presidents of the Doctorate Academic Committees
The Secretary of the Steering Committee
The Steering Committee may also include a representative from an organisation or institution with which collaboration agreements have been signed.
Duties of the Steering Committee
The Steering Committee is responsible for the following management and organisational tasks of the School:
Acting as a direct liaison between the Doctorate School and the University’s Governing Board.
Overseeing the University’s research strategy and policies, defining the University’s range of doctorate courses and their fields, and developing a strategic overview of the sociocultural context, trends, the importance of the transfer of knowledge, etc.
Defining collaboration policies with other entities and drawing up the necessary agreements to be approved by the relevant bodies.
Reviewing proposals for new doctoral programmes or modifications of existing ones, reporting to the Governing Board and the Board of Trustees and submitting them to these bodies for approval.
Organising, coordinating, defining and updating the doctoral programmes.
Establishing the requirements for becoming a member of the Doctorate Academic Committees.
Approving the composition of the Academic Committees of the respective doctoral programmes and the inclusion and/or termination of members.
Approving the range of activities offered as part of the training and development of doctoral candidates.
Ensuring the smooth running of teaching and research activities. To fulfil this function, they may create monitoring committees with the composition and duties they determine.
Defining the requirements and admission criteria for doctoral candidates applicable to all doctoral programmes, as well as any specific additional training that all doctoral candidates are required to follow, in accordance with Doctorate Academic Committees.
Establishing the mechanisms for assessing and monitoring doctoral candidates, applicable to all the doctoral programmes.
Defining the requirements to be a thesis supervisor and the monitoring procedures necessary to guarantee the quality of doctoral theses and, where applicable, any additional requirements for thesis supervisors and the number of theses that a researcher may supervise or jointly supervise simultaneously.
Establishing the criteria for appointing specific Doctoral Candidate Committees which are required to assess the Research Plan of each doctoral candidate.
Establishing the institutional procedures for defending doctoral theses and appointing the members of the thesis board.
Establishing the criteria for appointing External Reviewers to assess the thesis before its defence.
Overseeing the quality and smooth running of doctoral programmes.
Ensuring the information on the doctoral programmes and their results is made public.
Publishing the list of doctorates each academic year.
Proposing any extraordinary doctorate prizes to the Executive Committee of the University’s Governing Board.
Appointing the board to award the extraordinary doctorate prizes.
Establishing the mechanisms and procedures for designing, implementing, developing, monitoring and ensuring the continuous improvement of the Internal Quality Assurance System (IQAS).
Appointing the members of the Doctorate School Quality Committee.
Approving the improvement actions proposed by the Doctorate School Quality Committee and the monitoring and accreditation reports to be submitted to the autonomous Quality Agency.
Drawing up a global report of the results of the Doctorate School Quality Committee’s assessment and monitoring activities and reporting these results to the Governing Board.
Dealing with suggestions and resolving any complaints or appeals that may be made against the decisions of the bodies responsible for the doctorates, especially those concerning admission to doctoral programmes and the assessment of students’ performance.
Overseeing compliance with these regulations and proposing amendments which, if necessary, will be approved by the Governing Board.
Carrying out any other duties assigned by the corresponding regulations.
The Vice-Rector of Research, Innovation and Transference: Dr. Antonio Mora
The Director of the Doctorate School: Dra. Núria Casals i Farré
The Presidents of the Doctorate Academic Committees:
Dr. Josep Muntañola
Dr. Carlos Espaliú
Dr. Xavier Baró
Dr. Joan Bosch
The Secretary of the Steering Committee: Dra. Marta Gámiz