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Working with Supervisors

Not just you and your supervisor

Every candidate must have a primary supervisor. However, the University believes that no PhD candidate should depend entirely on the advice and guidance of one supervisor only. Such a situation could place the student at some risk especially if the staff member concerned is absent for a period on leave or leaves the employment of the University.

It is therefore a requirement that the primary supervisor be supported in at least one of the following ways:

  • the appointment of one or more co-supervisors
  • the constitution of an advisory panel (also called a departmental advisory committee) to review progress regularly and play a part in the identification and resolution of any disputes which may arise between the student and the supervisor(s).

Some departments also operate a postgraduate committee within a department or school, charged with the responsibility of providing academic and practical support to PhD candidates.

A sample checklist for candidates and their primary supervisors is available for download. The purpose of the checklist is to remind all concerned about important admission, ongoing and submission requirements.

Please see the following pages for more information on supervision: