Swansea University

What You Can Expect From The University

What You Can Expect From The University

When you are enrolled as a research student candidate, you are entitled to a number of services from the University. You can expect to:

  • Be allocated to an academic College appropriate for your research topic;
  • Become a student member of the Academic Board (Postgraduate Research), and have access to services provided by the Academic Office for Postgraduate Research including but not limited to information on training courses, advice on research degree regulations and how to contact your student representative;
  • Subject to progress, to be enrolled each year and the University to keep an accurate record of your progression;
  • Be given clear, concise and accurate information on the regulations and procedures governing the research degree for which you are enrolled;
  • Be given clear, concise and accurate information on University regulations including but not limited to, plagiarism, intellectual property, health and safety, the complaints process and any ethical issues which may arise during the course of your research;
  • Be given information on the University’s expectations of your responsibilities as a student;
  • Have access to a programme of induction which will normally include:
    • Introduction to key administrative and academic staff of the Academic Board (Postgraduate Research) including contact details and their specific role;
    • Introduction to University services including but not limited to student support services, careers advisory service, disability office;
    • The nature of undertaking a research degree at the University.
    • The challenges that typically face research students during the course of their studies and where guidance may be sought in the event of difficulties;
    • Opportunities on how to get your voice heard in the Academic Board (Postgraduate Research) including but not limited to how to access your student representative and the role of the staff-student assembly;
    • What you should expect from the University, College and your supervisors and what the University expects from you;
    • Opportunities and requirements for skills development including transferable skills training;
    • How your progress will be monitored at successive stages of your candidature;
    • How to get started with your research.
  • Have access to training organised by the Academic Board (Postgraduate Research), including the training conferences;
  • Have use of the Library and Information centre, including the right to borrow books and journals;
  • Have the right to work in a quiet are of the library (there is an area specifically set aside for postgraduate students);
  • Be allocated a unique computer username that will allow you to access the on-site and remote IT services of the Library and Information Centre;
  • Be given an e-mail account that will allow you to send research-related e-mails free of charge;
  • Have use of the Inter-Library Loan system to borrow publications that are not possessed by the University (but note that Colleges may have a limit on this use);
  • Have free access to the Student Wellbeing Service;
  • Have free access to the University Careers Centre and access to training courses provided;
  • Be granted limited car parking if you have a proven need, subject to the University’s terms and conditions;
  • Have free access to the services provided by the International Office, where appropriate;
  • Have access to certain Staff Development Courses;
  • Be given English Language tuition, where necessary and recommended;
  • Have your progress monitored and be provided with details on decisions made by the Postgraduate Research Progression Board, including but not limited to advice on how to make an appeal against a decision. You can expect to be given information on how to access your on-line student record to view this information;
  • Receive guidance on how to present and submit a thesis, including information on the examination process;
  • Have an appropriate and suitably qualified external examiner appointed;
  • Be given a say in the University’s decision-making process;
  • Have access to information and advice on the range of channels available through which you can complain, if things go wrong.

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