Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies (DDoGS)

A group to enable Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies to share ideas, enhance knowledge and develop contacts.

Welcome to the web pages of the Universitas 21 Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies (DDOGS). The U21 DDoGS have formed a group to enable the sharing of ideas and information, and enhancing knowledge, contacts and the skills-base across our membership.

We aim to identify ways in which U21 members can support each other and, ideally, share resources in areas such as professional development materials or programmes, information systems, and core policies and procedures.

The U21 DDoGS hold formal meetings to discuss current issues relevant to all the membership, benchmarking and best practice. The first meeting took place in November 2001 in Noosa, Australia (hosted by the University of Queensland), and since then the group has met regularly. Reports from the latest meetings are available by clicking below.

The DDoGS network is currently chaired by Associate Professor Caroline Daley, Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Auckland



Terms of Reference
  • To add value to the Research Higher Degree Programmes in the U21 member institutions through international dialogue, exchange and collaboration.
  • To exchange information on current activities in member universities to promote adoption of internationally recognised best practice across the U21 Network.
  • To promote a culture of internationalisation among research students that values and facilitates international collaboration.
  • To foster the international exchange of research students.
  • To support the development of jointly awarded PhD degrees which build on the complementary strengths of member universities.
  • To support the organisation of regular PG research conferences on broad, internationally important and multidisciplinary topics which promote the above aims.
  • To collaborate on the development of material that supports the aims and activities of the group.
  • To share data that enable evidence-based approaches to decision making.
Associate Professor Caroline Daley
Dean of Graduate Studies