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Doctoral College

Policy initiatives, directives & requirements

Research supervisors should be aware of a number of policy initiatives and changes with regard to research degree programmes; these are reflected in the following key documents/institutional changes: 

1. QAA Quality Code Chapter B11 Research Degrees (2013) and the subsequently revised University of Southampton Code of Practice for Research Candidature and Supervision

2. RCUK Statement of Expectations for Doctoral Training

3. Researcher Development Statement (RDS) and Framework (RDF)

4. UUK Concordat to Support Research Integrity

5. PGR Tracker

Taken together, these documents and requirements indicate that doctoral researchers need access to a greater range of support and experiences during their candidature than has been traditionally expected, including:


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