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Becoming a Recognised Supervisor



All academic members of staff wishing to act as Principal or Subsidiary Supervisor for an MPhil/PhD research degree in the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences must be approved by the Faculty Graduate Tutor (FGT). Although fixed-term academic staff can be approved as supervisors, their appointment must be for at least 4 years. In addition, they will not be allowed to supervise any new students if they have less than 3 years to go.

The UCL criteria for a supervisor are in the “Academic Regulations for Research Students registered in and after September 2006 (PhD, MPhil and EngD)”: under 4. Supervisory Arrangements

From time to time, the Faculty may introduce restrictions or more stringent criteria.

Requests for approval to act as a supervisor must be submitted via the relevant Departmental Graduate Tutor (DGT). The nomination form should be completed and sent to your DGT (j.olszewski ucl.ac.uk), along with a brief CV, to include grants and publications covering the last 5 years. Once the DGT has approved the request, the completed form and CV should be e-mailed to the FGT, c/o Susan Beesley, s.beesley@ucl.ac.uk

All supervisors not having previously supervised a UCL MPhil/PhD student must attend the mandatory course “An Introduction to Research Student Supervision at UCL” run by the Graduate School.

Supervisors must be a member of academic staff, normally at the level of Professor, Reader, Senior Lecturer, Lecturer, Senior Research Associate or Honorary equivalents. Anyone that does not meet the UCL criteria for appointment should provide a brief statement why they should be appointed as, for example, a principal supervisor.

Supervisors not employed by UCL must have an honorary appointment with a UCL department - this is normally arranged by the relevant Head of Research Department. Special institutional arrangements are in place for honorary appointments at CRUK-LRI. An honorary appointment should be arranged before a request for supervisor approval is submitted – copy of letter from Human Resources confirming appointment should be attached to the Faculty approval form.