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Quality HandbookPostgraduate Research

Supervisory Loading

Faculties will ensure that the overall workload of supervisory staff is at a level that will allow supervisors to fulfil the responsibilities of the supervisory team as detailed in the Code of Practice for Research Degree Candidature and Supervision

With effect for research students receiving formal offer letters on or after 1 August 2018, Faculties will ensure that a member of staff supervises no more than the equivalent of six full-time research students at any one time; with the maximum number of students, whether full- or part-time, being supervised by an individual supervisor is ten.  All students under supervision from the point of enrolment up to, and including those on nominal registration, will be included within this count.  Cases for exemptions will be made by the Faculty Director of the Graduate School to the Dean, or their nominee (normally the Associate Dean (Education), for approval on the PGR Supervisory Loading: Request for Exemption form.  Such exemptions may be granted, for example, where a supervisor is acting as a stand-in supervisor. 

Further guidance for Faculties can be found in the PGR Supervisory Loading Guidance for Faculties.

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