9.5 Postgraduate Taught Supervision

1. The responsibilities of the University will be as follows:

(i) Dissertation proposals to be feasible in terms of the timescale and resources available and to be allocated to supervisors with suitable expertise;
(ii) Supervisors to be allowed sufficient time to discharge their duties, particularly where the cohort is large;
(iii) Research Council guidance to be followed, when appropriate, in respect of facilities to be made available (study space, library, appropriate research environment, etc);
(iv) Written guidelines to be issued with regard to attendance, frameworks for meetings and general expectations;
(v) The implementation of all such guidelines to be monitored on a regular basis; Where candidates require additional help with language skills, this advice to be provided as a service separate from the duties of the supervisor;
(vi) Where candidates require additional help with language skills, this advice to be provided as a service separate from the duties of the supervisor.
(vii) A mechanism to be in place whereby a student is able to request a change of supervisor, and whereby an alternative member of staff is made available should any supervisor be absent for a prolonged period of time;
(viii) The number of students allocated to a supervisor to be such that he/she will have the capacity to fulfil the responsibilities noted below.

2. The supervisor will be responsible for the following:

(i) Advice and guidance to be provided to the student with the aim of facilitating the production of a dissertation of the requisite standard for a Taught Master's degree;
(ii) The dissertation proposal to be within the supervisor's field of expertise, the selected topic to be defined in consultation with the student;
(iii) The dissertation proposal to be suitable for completion within the allotted time span;
(iv) A timetable to be agreed for the submission of work and the scheduling of regular meetings;
(v)A careful record to be kept, agreed between supervisor and student, of all such formal meetings, including dates, action agreed and deadlines set;
(vi) Work to be returned according to specified deadlines and accompanied by constructive comment.

Responsibilities of the Student

3. The responsibility of the student will be as follows:

(i) The dissertation produced to be first and foremost the student's own work, albeit achieved with benefit of advice and guidance from the supervisor;
(ii) A timetable to be agreed for the submission of work and the scheduling of regular meetings;
(iii) A careful record to be kept, agreed between supervisor and student, of all such formal meetings, including dates, action agreed and deadlines set;
(iv) Supervisors to be contacted should additional meetings be considered necessary;
(v) Work to be completed within the agreed framework, with any problems relating to submission to be brought to the supervisor's attention in writing as soon as possible.