This article explains what your supervisors will do.

As a Postgraduate Research Student you will have at least two but not more than three supervisors. In addition, an adviser, or advisers, may be nominated to contribute specialised knowledge. Within the supervisory team there will be expertise relevant to your research project, as well as experience of supervising PGRS. Professional Doctorate students are expected to have one or more advisers from their professional environment. Details of the members of your supervisory team can be accessed within Skills Forge once your Research Student Registration (RSR) Form has been received in the Research Section, Research Degrees Team, Student Administration Services, Department of Student and Academic Administration (DSAA).

Full-time PGRS can normally expect to meet with their First Supervisor (or another appropriate member of the supervisory team) at least fortnightly during the first three months of the research degree programme. After that, meetings should take place at least once every six weeks. Meetings may be held face-to-face or by phone, video conference or similar. The majority of meetings should be with the First Supervisor and meetings with the entire supervisory team should take place at least once a term.

If you are a part-time PGRS, then you can normally expect to meet with your First Supervisor (or appropriate member of the supervisory team) at least monthly during the first three months and at least two-monthly intervals thereafter with at least one meeting per year with the full supervisory team.

Any changes to your supervisory team need to be approved and this is requested by completion of a Form UPR3 which is signed by your DRDC, Head of Department and by your Chair, FRD Committee. Skills Forge is updated to reflect your current supervisory team. If you have any concerns regarding supervision you may wish to discuss these with your DRDC or Chair, FRD Committee.