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6. What you can expect from your College

6. What you can expect from your College

You can expect the academic College to which you are assigned to:

  • Ensure you are studying in an academic field within which academic staff members have research expertise;
  • Ensure you are admitted to a research degree only where suitable supervision and the necessary facilities are available;
  • Ensure procedures are in place for effective supervision and monitoring, in accordance with University regulations and its guidance;
  • Provide an induction event and student handbook which specifies your rights and entitlements as well as your responsibilities. This should include the progression criteria against which your progress will be assessed, and also contain a description of to whom to complain in the event of things going wrong;
  • Allocate a supervisory team which at a minimum includes:
    • A first/primary supervisor who has expertise and knowledge in your particular field;
    • A secondary supervisor who may sometimes act as an academic supervisor, but can always provide you with generic advice on the research process and can ensure cover for any absences of your first/primary supervisor.
  • Provide information on the roles and responsibilities of key academic and administrative staff involved in the academic progress and monitoring of research students in the College, where applicable.
  • Provide workspace within the College;
  • Provide use of a networked PC and local username that will allow you to access e-mail and use Microsoft Office Software;
  • Provide access to facilities, equipment and specialist support appropriate to your research topic. This might include laboratories, specialist equipment and the assistance of laboratory technicians;
  • Inform you and provide training in the Health and Safety requirements associated with your study;
  • Provide information and opportunities to engage in the academic life of the College (e.g. attendance at research seminars, team meetings). Some Colleges may have a mandatory requirement to attend such events;
  • Ensure your candidature is confirmed within three months of your initial enrolment;
  • Provide access to generic research support facilities. This might include use of the phone and fax, photocopying and the Inter-Library Loan Service;
  • Provide opportunities for subject-specific training, where identified as necessary to complete the research degree;
  • Ensure your progress is regularly monitored and that you are given access to copies of reports on your progress. Whilst some of this monitoring will be undertaken by your supervisors, you should also expect that your progress to be monitored by the College’s Research Committee or delegated body (e.g. a postgraduate committee).  This will involve scrutiny by academics who are not your first/primary or secondary supervisor so that there is externality to the process;
  • Ensure that the College reports your progress to the Progression and Awards Board as detailed in the Guide to Progress Monitoring of Research Students;
  • Ensure mechanisms for reviewing and responding appropriately to the progress of students are in place and working effectively;
  • Ensure that the procedure for Examination is properly followed and in accordance with the University Regulations;
  • Ensure that arrangements are made for you to receive precise feedback on how your thesis needs to be reworked if changes are necessary. 

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