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  • Research Supervision
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  • Monitoring Student Engagement and Progression

Research Supervision

The relationship with your supervisor will be at the heart of your training in history here at Warwick. Every research student has a supervisor assigned when they commence their studies, and in some cases, joint supervisors may be appointed. It is the role of the supervisor to guide you in the design of your research and to offer constructive advice and intellectual support as you move through each stage of your project right up to your final viva voce examination.

Guidelines for PGR SupervisionLink opens in a new window

Regular Supervisor Meetings

Your supervisor(s) will meet with you regularly to discuss your work, and agree on a programme of reading, research and writing with you. There is a university requirement that you meet with your supervisor at least once a month, but they may be more frequent if necessary.

Students being jointly supervised may sometimes meet with both supervisors, but more often you will meet only with one time - in the latter case, it is important to ensure that your second supervisor knows about the conversations that have taken place with the first.

The planning of fieldwork, archival visits, and other aspects of your research design should be discussed in-depth with your supervisor.


You will agree on an overall programme of study with your supervisor, and this is likely to include tasks for you to complete to agreed deadlines, including writing. We have high expectations of you as a writer (as well as a researcher), and consider that one of the factors in the successful submission rate of research theses in the Department, is that we encourage and expect students to start writing very early in their programme of study.

Progress Reviews

Monitoring Student Engagement and Progression

Engagement monitoring happens for all students at the University of Warwick.

To help us to measure engagement with your course, identify any problems which you may be experiencing and offer support to help you, the department has check points throughout the year. For PGR students, supervision meeting records should provide the majority of your engagement points. Annual review or upgrade meetings, and research skills training are also acceptable engagement points. If you miss any of the points, this might indicate that you are having problems with the course and need additional support. These monitoring points are available to see on Tabula on your "Attendance" tab.

It is extremely important that you meet the requirements of each point as failure to do so could result in a letter being sent to you from Student Records reminding you of your obligations as a student.

International students should be particularly aware of the consequences of missing contact points: the Academic Office is obliged to report to the Home Office UK Visas and Immigration (formerly the UK Border Agency) if any student visa holders have been found not to be engaging with and attending their degree course. This could lead to the curtailment of their visas.

Please speak to your Supervisor if you feel you might be at risk of not meeting these critical requirements at any point during your University career.

Supervisions should normally take place face-to-face, in-person where possible. If necessary (such as when a student is on a research visit overseas or public health requirements dictate), online meetings via MS Teams or by phone may be acceptable, with email contact normally being used to supplement rather than replace such meetings. The format of your meeting should be logged in your record of it. It is mandatory for you to record these meetings the same day on Tabula with a short summary of what was discussed and action points for the future.

The University's Good Practice Guide on Monitoring Student Attendance and ProgressionLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window at all levels of study is intended to help departments in supporting students’ learning through monitoring their attendance and academic progress. Missed monitoring points are currently submitted in real-time to Student Administrative Services.

An email will be sent to any students who have missed a monitoring point reminding them of the University's and, where relevant, the UKVI's requirements. Once a student has missed 6 or monitoring points they are required to have a meeting with a member of their department to discuss the situation. Students who do not engage with their studies may be withdrawn under University Regulation 36.

Please note you are required to record your monthly supervision meetings via Tabula regardless if you are already recording your meetings on another platform such as M4C.

Please see a guide here on how to record monitoring points 

Please see here Regulation 36 regarding attendance and the need to record your supervision via Tabula.



Welfare and Support

Research Course Regulations

Progression and Examination

Expected Participation

Personal Development

Funding and Travel Support

University PG Research Support

Student Voice