All postgraduate students within the University are allocated an academic member of staff to act as a Programme Coordinator or Supervisor. This staff member is primarily there to offer academic advice and support, however they are often a first point of contact for non-academic matters.
Postgraduate Programme Coordinators and Postgraduate Supervisor may also find the links to the Postgraduate Codes of Practice for both taught and research study in the left-hand menu helpful.
- Postgraduate Codes of Practice
The Postgraduate Codes of Practice provide guidance and practical advice for students, supervisors and programme coordinators, as well as Heads of School, Heads of Graduate School and College Postgraduate Officers.
Within the Codes, students and staff will find advice on degree regulations and procedures for changing the terms of student’s studies, for instance, extensions, changes from part time to full time study, and on the University’s policy on good supervisory practice for research students.
The Codes are essential for students and academic staff involved in postgraduate study, and it is expected that both will be familiar with them. They should be read in conjunction with the University Calendar.
Codes of Practice
- Taught Code of Practice - for postgraduate taught students, programme coordinators, Heads of School, Heads of Graduate School, and College Postgraduate Officers
- Research Code of Practice - for postgraduate research students, supervisors, Heads of School, Heads of Graduate School, and College Postgraduate Officers
- Postgraduate Taught Students
The Programme Coordinator is responsible for academic advising and overseeing the programme of their advisees. The Programme Coordinator is contacted in the first instance with academic questions or issues. If a Programme Coordinator cannot provide immediate advice, the student should be referred on to the appropriate support service.
Programme Coordinators meet their advisees during advising and induction. Programme Coordinators should give their students information on how to contact them and inform them of any set office hours. Students may also be referred to the Programme Coordinator through the School Office.
Responsibilities of a Programme Coordinator include:
- Providing information on lecture and tutorial arrangements, course work requirements and assessment methods, information on avoiding plagiarism
- Ensuring that the programme and the relevant courses are delivered appropriately and effectively
- Assisting students in their learning progression and addressing any academic issues that arise
In addition to the Programme Coordinator, the Dissertation or Project Supervisor also provides specific academic support to students. They provide guidance and advice during the dissertation, project or work placement. The Programme Coordinator usually allocates students to supervisors shortly before the project is due to start.
More information on your Programme Coordinator and Supervisor can be found in the Postgraduate Taught Code of Practice.
- Postgraduate Research Students
Students are appointed a supervisory team to provide guidance on their research during your programme. A supervisory team consists of at least two supervisors working in co-supervision, with one supervisor acting as the lead. At least one supervisor must be a professor, reader or lecturer of the University.
It is the responsibility of supervisors to maintain regular contact through supervisory meetings (what is expected is defined more closely by Schools and Colleges in light of the demands of the subject), and maintain reasonable accessibility so that advice may be offered at other times.
Research students and their supervisors should, as soon as possible, establish mutually agreed means of communication and contact with one another. While the amount of contact between a student and supervisor will vary depending on the subject area and also on the stage of the student, it is expected that there should be, as a minimum, one formal minuted supervisory meeting at least once a month with informal meetings held more frequently, as and when required.
Supervisors are advised to consult the Postgraduate Research Code of Practice for guidance on procedures relating research student study. The Code sets out the general policy matters such as the level of contact between supervisors and students, issues to be discussed during the first meeting, and the responsibilities of supervisors and assistant supervisors.