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Policies and Procedures

DTC and Research Policies and Procedures

Guidelines on Supervision and Monitoring of Research Degree Students

Guide to Examinations for Higher Degrees by Research

Research Ethics

Changing Supervisors

Guidance on Appeals

Mitigating/Extenuating Circumstances

Applying for an Extension

Applying for Temporary or Permanent Withdrawal


University Policies

Equal Opportunities

The University is proud of its diverse community of staff, students and visitors, and is committed to maintaining its excellent record in teaching and research by ensuring there is equality of opportunity for all, fostered in an environment of mutual respect and dignity.

The promotion of equal opportunities concerns all of us. Please take time to read the information available online at and think how we, as individuals and as a community, can ensure that the University of Warwick continues to be a safe, welcoming and productive environment.

Sexual, Racial and Personal Harassment

The University and the Students’ Union regard all forms of harassment as unacceptable and are prepared to take disciplinary action against offenders. Both the University and the Students’ Union are committed to creating a community that is free from harassment and discrimination. Sexual, racial and personal harassment can seriously worsen conditions for staff and students at the University and may also, in certain cases, be unlawful. Please take time to read the ‘Sexual, Racial and Personal Harassment: Guidelines for Students’ available online at

Social Media

The use of online social media (e.g. Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, etc.) has become a very significant part of the lives for many people. They provide a very positive way to keep in touch with people in different places, share common interests, exchange ideas, thoughts and content on academic matters, and to have fun.

However, there have been a number of examples where these services have been used for less positive reasons and it is because of this we offer these words of guidance:

• Ensure that you avoid using language which would be deemed to be offensive to others in a face-to-face setting as the impact on individuals is just the same.
• Avoid allowing the formation of an online group from isolating or victimising your fellow students or academic colleagues. That may not be your intention but if used carelessly it could be the impact that is achieved.
• Avoid using such services in class unless your tutor has given the group express permission to do so.
• Please ensure that you never use such sites for accessing or sharing illegal content.

We encourage students to make use of such services. However, students should also be aware that the University will take seriously any occasions where the services are used inappropriately. If occasions of what might be considered online bullying or harassment are reported they will be dealt with in the same way as if it took place in a face-to-face setting. Information on the University’s acceptable use policy for IT and its disciplinary regulations can be found in University Regulation 31, ‘Regulations Governing the Use of University Computing Facilities’, available online at:

Student Complaints

If you feel you have legitimate grounds for complaint, you should initially raise your concerns within the Department, through discussion with your Course Director, SSLC, MA Director, Director of Graduate Studies, the Head of Department, or with the Students’ Union Education Officer. If this does not lead to a satisfactory outcome there is a formal academic complaints procedure, full details of which are provided on the University’s website at