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Responsibilities of the Student

1. Policy

Postgraduate research students should participate fully and to some extent take the initiative in planning and executing their research studies and any necessary training, and will share with their supervisor the responsibilities involved in monitoring progress.

2. Requirements

Research students are expected to adhere to the following requirements:

2.1 Read relevant University and School publications

Students must familiarise themselves with University, Faculty, and School requirements and procedures for research study by reading the School Handbook, the University "Guide for Students" ( see below ), and the Guide to Intellectual Property Management and Commercialisation (see below).

2.2 Follow safety advice

Students must follow safety codes and advice scrupulously.

2.3 Participate in planning and progress

Students are expected to participate in planning, progressing, and completing their studies, including preparing for reviews regarding confirmation of their MPhil or doctoral registration or transfer from MPhil to doctoral. They must participate as required in the process of monitoring their progress.

2.4 Communicate with supervisor

Research students must share responsibility with their supervisor for keeping up good communications and arranging meetings with their supervisor, attend the agreed meetings and prepare for them, and take the initiative in raising problems or difficulties.

2.5 Participate in research training

Research students must participate in designing a training programme and attend the recommended courses and other School activities designed for postgraduate students.

Students should also ensure that they are familiar with the content of The Code of Research Conduct and Research Ethics (see below) and obtain ethical approval if required for their research project.

2.6 Meet assessment deadlines and requirements

Research students must submit written work on time, undertake examinations, other assessments and progress reviews as required by the School and Faculty.

2.7 Complete on time

Research students are expected to write up all or much of their theses by the end of their registered period of study. 

3. Annual Leave

The University recognises the importance of taking holiday for the health and wellbeing of students engaged in postgraduate research.  This should be taken in line with School expectations (for example not taking leave during postgraduate training courses, School research events, seminars etc.), any contractual obligations (for example Research Council terms and conditions), and by arrangement with supervisors.  As a guide, postgraduate research students may normally take up to 25 days holiday in each year plus public and University holidays.



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