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The Department has a Research Committee, chaired by Professor Baulcombe, which administers departmental research and equipment funds, and monitors a mentoring programme. A Biological Safety committee monitors and gives approval to any new projects using genetic modification. At Postgraduate level, the Departmental Graduate Education Committee operates in conjunction with the School of Biological Sciences GEC, the Faculty of Biology Degree Committee and the Board of Graduate Studies to implement postgraduate research training and assessment. DGEC is responsible for admissions and reviews termly assessments from postgrad students and their supervisors. The Teaching Committee receives and reviews the termly reports from each contributing course committee, as well as examiners' reports. They also organise demonstrating and supervisors for undergraduate classes, often undertaken by Fellows and Research Associates.

The Departmental Administrator (Mrs Catherine Butler) co-ordinates research grant administration, costings and submission with the central Research Services Division. The Finance Office (Mr Del Hawtin) maintains reporting on accounts and budgets, and submission of expenses claims etc. Consumables not obtainable through the stores have to be purchased via the University accounting system (CAPSA), and three independent quotations are needed for equipment costing over £10,000. Mr Dik Jeffrey in the Stores can initially help with processing orders. Marcus Jarman (Departmental Superintendent) co-ordinates requirements for specialised laboratory installations, equipment or space requirements whilst Richard Fieldsend deals with computing issues. The Departmental website is maintained by Helen Scott, to whom group details, news and scientific developments should be sent. Safety is co-ordinated by Prof. Chris Gilligan, with the assistance of Ms Sue Aspinall.

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