On entry to the Department, each research student is allocated a supervisor (or joint supervisors) who is an academic member of the Department. The supervisor bears the major responsibility for advising the student on the conduct and progress of his or her work, for overseeing progress, and for providing support throughout the PhD. The detailed responsibilities of the supervisor are given in detail in the Code of Practice for the Academic Welfare of Postgraduate Research Students available from the Doctoral School web pages.
Each research student is also allocated an advisor, an academic member of the Department working in an area more distant from the research project, who may be consulted on general matters if and when the need arises. The advisor takes a more pastoral role and is not normally involved in supervising the PhD. The advisor participates in the student's annual review and other progression meetings.
The Director of Graduate Studies, and the Head of Department, are also available as points of contact for any postgraduate research student with regard to any issue that students wish to raise.