Swansea University

8. What we expect from you

8. What we expect from you

The University is committed to providing you with a high quality, stimulating and supportive environment in which to undertake your research. However, you should accept that postgraduate research study requires a high level of commitment, self-discipline and personal time management from you.  In particular, we expect you to:

  • Enrol annually and check your enrolment details are accurate using the Intranet;
  • Pay your fees promptly when requested (you can see your student details via the Intranet);
  • Familiarise yourself with the regulations and procedures of the University and your College including but not limited to plagiarism, data protection, health and safety and ethical considerations which might arise in the course of your research;
  • Be aware of the University Regulations for the degree award you are enrolled for;
  • Take responsibility for your own professional and personal development;
  • Attend the University’s Induction Events and any Induction Event organised by your College or research committee;
  • Identify your training needs jointly with your supervisors early on in your programme and attend all training courses necessary, and keep a record of training. You should re-assess your training needs at regular intervals with your supervisors throughout your candidature;
  • Follow the Health and Safety procedures of the University and those related to your activities within your College;
  • Develop a work-plan and timetable with your supervisors for the research, early on in your candidature; complete work and submit it on time;
  • Discuss and agree the schedule of supervision meetings and appropriate feedback;
  • Take note of, and respond to feedback and guidance from your supervisors;
  • Take responsibility for the quality of the work being carried out;
  • Keep systematic records of your supervision meetings, feedback and work completed;
  • Engage in the academic community of the University, College and Research Group, as applicable;
  • Engage with the academic community within your specialist field. This may involve joining relevant learned societies and attending their conferences;
  • Take the initiative in raising problems or difficulties with your supervisors as early as possible, however trivial they may seem;
  • Keep your supervisors informed about the extent of any paid employment. You are expected to be aware and comply with the University regulation on the employment of full-time students, if applicable;
  • Keep the College and the Accommodation Office informed of any changes in address or similar personal details;
  • Be aware and meet your research and administrative responsibilities to your sponsor, if applicable;
  • Remain aware of the date when submission of your thesis is expected. Be aware of the date on which your maximum candidature expires and submit your thesis before then;
  • Meet the deadlines set by your supervisors, College and University for commentary on your progress;
  • Check your University e-mail account regularly - we recommend at least weekly – to see if we have been trying to contact you;
  • Ensure that if you wish to change your candidature (e.g. from full to part time) or wish to seek a suspension, you follow the procedures and complete the necessary forms and submit these to Academic Services , having first gained the approval of your College;
  • Ensure that if you wish to withdraw from the University, you complete the necessary forms and submit these to Academic Services, having first gained the approval of your College. You will normally be required to attend an exit interview to discuss possible alternative solutions to withdrawal, e.g. a suspension, transfer to a lower degree;
  • Ensure that if you are seeking an extension to candidature, your application is made to your College well in advance of your maximum candidature date and with full supporting evidence, including a detailed work plan for completion of the thesis within the extended time period. Applications for an extension should be submitted approximately 3 months before the end of your candidature;
  • Make a timely decision about when to submit your thesis, having borne in mind the advice of your supervisors. 

8.1 Failure to meet your obligations during your candidature may result in the decision not to allow you to progress to the next stage of your research and/or the decision to require you to withdraw from your studies.

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