There are various things that you can expect from a supervisor, and various things that he/she will expect from you. The following lists contains some topics that we suggest you discuss with your project supervisor early in the course of your study so that both clear on what to expect.
Responsibilities of Student
- Discuss with your supervisor the type of guidance and comment you find most useful and agree a schedule of meetings for your period of study
- Provide your supervisor with your schedule of modules and inform him/her of any changes as they arise, so he/she may assess your progress in the light of these other commitments
- Over the course of the year be prepared to devote approximately 900 hours to the application for, execution and documentation of your project and preparation for the oral examination.
- Take the initiative in raising problems or difficulties however elementary they may seem
- Maintain the progress of the work in accordance with the stages agreed with the supervisor, including, in particular the presentation of written material as required in sufficient time for comment and discussion before proceeding to the next stage
- Clear with your supervisor, in advance, any expenditure on your project that you wish to reclaim from the University (see Expenses section)
- Clear with your supervisor, in advance, any external correspondence relating to your project
- Adopt at all times, safe working practices and adhere to the University and Departmental Safety Guidelines (see Labs and Safety section)
- Attend, if advised, supplementary English Language courses (see English section)
- Attend any seminars provided to assist you in carrying out your research or presenting it appropriately (this specifically refers to the Research Methodology Module which is usually scheduled in December each year)
- Bear the cost of the production of your dissertation (including printing and production of illustrations) yourself (see Stationery section)
You need not confine your requests for advice to your supervisor and you are encouraged to approach anyone who can help. You should, however, keep your supervisor informed of any other person you have been discussing the work with, as this may affect their suitability as an independent second assessor at the end of the day.
Responsibilities of Supervisor
- Provide advice and guidance to potential candidates for the project during the project selection stage
- Maintain contact with you through regular tutorial meetings, to ensure the meetings are largely uninterrupted and to make appropriate alternative arrangements when he/she is working away from the University
- To be accessible to you at other appropriate times when you may need advice on academic and/or personal matters
- To inform you of when he/she will be away for any extended period of time so you may plan accordingly
- To give guidance about the nature of research and the standard expected, about the planning of research, about literature and sources and about requisite techniques (including arranging for instruction where necessary)
- To ensure that the correct safety procedures are followed if you are working with dangerous equipment or materials (see Labs and Safety section)
- To give detailed advice on the necessary completion dates of successive stages of the work so that the whole may be submitted within the scheduled time
- To make you aware of forthcoming events which would benefit your development
- To request written work as appropriate and return such work with constructive criticism and in reasonable time
- To ensure that you are made aware if either your progress or the standard of work is unsatisfactory and arrange any necessary supporting action
- To submit a written report to the Programme Management on your progress in the spring and summer
- To encourage and assist you to publish the results of your work if appropriate
- To be willing to provide references to future employers, if requested
Please note that it is the duty of your supervisor to help you carry out research and to help you present results to your best advantage. However it is YOUR WORK, not the supervisor’s, that will be examined and your supervisor’s agreement to the submission of your dissertation is not a guarantee that the examiners will deem it satisfactory.