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As a graduate research student admitted by the Department of Oncology you will be allocated a primary supervisor in this department, plus a secondary supervisor. Additional supervisors may be appointed to support key elements of your research project subject to approval by the Director of Graduate Studies.

Role of supervisors

The role of supervisors is to:

  • Provide guidance and encouragement and bear overall responsibility for the direction of your work on behalf of the student’s department or faculty.
  • Establish a timetable of regular meetings for detailed discussion of your progress.  This should include a one to one formal meeting at least once a term where research and progress are reviewed and the contents of the termly submitted supervision report discussed and agreed.  You are expected to meet your supervisors at least twice each term.
  • Agree a research plan and programme of work, and establish clear academic expectations and milestones.
  • Agree a timetable with you for the submission of written work and return work to you within a reasonable time.
  • Assess formally your subject-specific, and personal and professional skills training needs, on a regular basis and ensure that these needs are met.
  • Work with you to produce a detailed joint report on your progress at the end of each term
  • Ensure that you are aware of the formal requirements in relation to transfer and confirmation of status and final submission, and help you to incorporate these into your plan of work.

The role of the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) is:

  • To provide strategic leadership and development for the programme.
  • To act as the first point of contact where differences of opinion arise between you and your supervisor.
  • To ensure that you are aware of all university requirements and that relevant administrative matters (transfer and confirmation of status, appointment of examiners etc) are completed in good time.

The role of the College Adviser is:

  • To provide support to the you that is independent of the academic department.
  • To deal with matters relating to hardship.
  • Provide additional support if you are experiencing difficulty with matters relating to issues other than research work/study.

The responsibilities of supervisors and students are set out in full in the University’s Policy on Research Degrees.