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Degree Committee for the Faculty of Earth Sciences & Geography



The Faculty of Earth Sciences and Geography includes the Departments of Earth Sciences and Geography, and the Scott Polar Research Institute. Each department has its own postgraduate office who provide day-to-day support for students and academics. Primary departmental contacts for postgraduate matters can be found here.


The Degree Committee

The Faculty of Earth Sciences and Geography entrusts the oversight of its postgraduate programmes to a Degree Committee of up to 19 academics who are representative of the constituent departments.

The Degree Committee meets approximately monthly in term-time to discuss postgraduate student policy matters and to consider postgraduate examination and progress reports. It is the awarding body for Masters and  PhD degrees, and recommends the results for higher degrees to the Postgraduate Committee. Routine matters (such as appointment of examiners, working away and allowances - as well as most admissions business) are dealt with on a daily basis and are not tied to the meetings schedule. The Committee's policy on delegated and vacation powers is here.


Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference for University of Cambridge Degree Committees can be found in the Statutes and Ordinances (Ordinances, Chapter IX).


The Degree Committee Office 

For most purposes, please contact us using the Office's general email address:

Mrs Silvana Dean  

Senior Degree Committee Administrator

and Secretary of the Degree Committee

tel 01223 (7)46766

Mr Nigel Jackson  
Degree Committee Administrator

tel 01223 (7)46764

Ms Susan Meah  

tel 01223 (7)66927

Where to find us

Degree Committee for the Faculty of Earth Sciences & Geography, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX

We on the second floor of 17 Mill Lane - enter by the blue door nearest the pointer - go through the foyer, turn right and up to the second floor.

The Office is normally open from 09.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday, except during public holidays. Due to hybrid working, it is advisable to contact us before your visit.

If you can't find the page you are looking for or find a broken link do let us know (please use the email link in the 'Contact us' section below).

Office closures

The Degree Committee for the Faculty of Earth Sciences and Geography will be closed from 5pm on Thursday 28 March 2024 and will reopen again on Tuesday 2 April 2024.
Research degree theses should still be submitted by your submission deadline even if that falls over the holiday period.