Your supervisor is responsible for helping you to manage your research, as well as being your primary link to your department and the University.
Your Thesis Advisory Panel (TAP) consists of your supervisor and at least one other member of academic staff (either from your own of another academic department). The TAP will periodically review your research progress and evaluate your personal development plan.
If you commenced your studies on or after 1 September 2016, you will also have a Progression Panel which undertakes your Formal Reviews of Progress.
Regulations surrounding supervision, TAPs, and Progression can be found in the University's Policy on Research Degrees.
Formal meetings with your supervisor must be held at least every 6-7 weeks throughout the calendar year. This applies to both full- and part-time students (including visiting students) during the normal period of enrolment. For those students sponsored on a Tier 4 visa, these meetings are also expected to continue at the same frequency during the continuation and examination periods, and beyond where a student receives an outcome of 'revise and resubmit' at examination.
At these meetings you should discuss your progress in depth, and make plans for your next steps. A record of the meeting should be drawn up by you and approved by your supervisor(s) in SkillsForge. The record should include the date of the meeting and a summary of the content of the meeting and of future actions to be performed, including agreed training. The following is a quick guide to using SkillsForge, including how to record a supervision meeting:
Principles of Supervision
Within three months of the start of your registration you and your supervisor(s) are expected to sign that you have read this document in SkillsForge. These 'Principles of Supervision' summarise aspects of the Policy on Research Degrees, extracting the points which are most essential to a successful supervisory relationship. You can therefore expect your supervisor(s) to discuss these with you in your early supervision meetings.
Full-time research students meet with their TAP twice a year (once every six months), and part-time students once a year. The members of the TAP, along with your supervisor(s), will provide you with advice and guidance in relation to your research.
You and your TAP will document your meeting in SkillsForge. You and your supervisor are required to complete a TAP Preparation Form in advance of the meeting, and then the TAP will complete a formal record of the meeting itself, highlighting your progress and any goals that you should be working towards for the next meeting. The following is a quick guide to completing the TAP Preparation form:
Please refer to your departmental handbook for specific details about timings, deadlines, and what work you may need to provide in advance of your TAP meeting.
Review of supervision
At your TAP meeting, you should complete a Review of Supervision form with another member of your TAP. This is to be done in the absence of your supervisor. Your Review of Supervision form will not be made available to your supervisor without your direct consent. The other TAP member will take the Review of Supervision form to be stored by your department. The form is confidential and should not be uploaded to e:Vision.
All students who commenced their studies on or after 1 September 2016, are subject to Formal Reviews of Progress. These take place annually for full-time students, and biennially for part-time students.
You, your supervisor(s) and your Progression Panel will document your progress review in SkillsForge. You and your supervisor are required to complete a Progression Preparation Form in advance of the review, and then the Progression Panel will complete a formal record of the review itself, indicating the outcome of the assessment of your progress against the University's progression criteria (see Policy on Research Degrees, Appendix 4 'Policy on PhD/EngD and MPhil Student Progression'). The following is a quick guide to completing the TAP Preparation form:
Note: Please refer to your departmental handbook for specific details about timings, deadlines, and what work you may need to provide in advance of your progress review.
Information for supervisors
The frequent contact and support from my supervisor has benefited me significantly, enabling me to propagate and formulate my ideas effectively.”
Anna, MSc by thesis in Medical Sciences