Part of the process of deciding whether an applicant can be accepted for a research degree is ensuring that there is a member of staff who can provide adequate supervision for the proposed field of study.
All students have at least a principal and subsidiary supervisor who are responsible for their supervision, and all supervisors and students receive guidance notes detailing their responsibilities. All students are required to maintain a Research Log, which:
- records key supervisory meetings
- prompts the student, in consultation with their supervisors, to carry out a self-audit of relevant generic, academic and project-related skills, and
- maintains a comprehensive account of the student's research training and experience.
At the end of each year, the Institute undertakes a formal review of each student based on named but confidential questionnaires sent to both the student and their supervisors and an agreed progress report. Each student then has a one to one chat with a member of the Postgraduate Team which has special responsibility for monitoring student progress and reports to the Institute's Research Degrees Committee.