The University of York is a leading research-intensive institution, with national and international recognition, and an excellent track record in the UK’s Research Excellence Framework. The University aims to build on its previous success through its Research Strategy, which is overseen by the University’s Research Committee.
The University is committed to the highest standards of research integrity within its research community, maintained with reference to a framework of University policies (including the Code of practice and principles for good ethical governance, the Code of Practice on Research Integrity and the Research Data Management Policy as well as legal and funder frameworks.
PGRs are provided with an appropriate research environment, that is: (i) where excellent research, recognised by the relevant subject community, is occurring and, (ii) where appropriate support is provided for engaging in, and learning about, research.
The University assures itself that departments are providing an appropriate research environment by: (i) YGRSB’s consideration of Annual Programme Review reports and URC’s consideration of Annual Departmental Research Review reports from departments, and, (ii) monitoring, by YGRSB, of the PGR experience. The University will take action to address any identified weaknesses.
A department, through its Graduate School Board, should assure itself that it can provide an appropriate research environment by considering whether for an individual PGR:
Departments (working in conjunction with the relevant central services, eg Student and Academic Services, Humanities Research Centre and Research Centre for Social Sciences) are responsible for ensuring that PGRs have the facilities and resources they need to pursue their approved research. Guidance on the facilities and resources provided should be included in the department’s handbook for PGRs. Departments are also responsible for ensuring that PGRs undertaking work away from the University (eg fieldwork and research visits) have the facilities and resources they need.
Facilities and resources should normally include: (i) access to photocopying, and printing, (ii) library resources (including training and relevant electronic resources), (iii) appropriate computing provision for their research project (hardware, software, training and support), and (iv) where relevant (eg for laboratory-based subjects), access to specialist facilities and materials and/or technical support. Departments should also ensure that there is a well-publicised, equitable and transparent procedure for allocating funding for conference attendance.
2. The criteria for the award of PGR degrees
4. Selection, admission and induction of PGRs
6. Responsibilities of PGRs and supervisors
7. Periods of enrolment, changes to PGRs' status and personal circumstances (including illness), working hours and holidays
8. Progress and review arrangements
9. Development of research and other skills
10. Evaluation of PGR programmes
11. Research integrity and ethics
13. Dissemination of research results, intellectual property rights and responsibilities
14. PGR complaints and appeals
15. Research away from York (excluding PGRs on distance learning PGR programmes)
16. Arrangements for non-York PGRs
- Appendix 1: Policy on the recording of second progress review meetings and oral examinations for research degrees
- Appendix 2: Policy on PhD/EngD and MPhil PGR progression
- Appendix 3: PGR Academic Misconduct policy
- Appendix 4: Paid parental leave policy
- Appendix 5: Policy framework for distance learning PGR programmes
- Appendix 6: Policy framework for collaborative off-site and collaborative split-site PGR programmes
- Appendix 7: Policy framework for integrated PhD programmes