The University’s first responsibility is to the integrity of the study and quality of the student’s learning experience. Accordingly, Colleges and students are required to give first consideration to the successful and timely completion of research studies, within the terms of the University’s formal offer of admission.
The University is unable to control employment undertaken by a student outside the University but the student is enjoined to consider carefully the effects that such employment may have on the timely completion of their studies. Supervisors should be consulted and, where appropriate, students should be reminded of any conditions set by their sponsor. In some cases such conditions may require the Supervisors to inform the sponsor if it is felt that employment may impede progress.
The following guidelines do not affect or limit work or placements that may be arranged as a formal component of an approved course or programme of research.
In all cases of application for University employment during full-time studies by enrolled postgraduate students, it is the responsibility of the College, through the written permission of the research Supervisors, to ensure that any paid employment offered by the University is:
Such written advice is to be supplied to the Human Resources Department, and to receive acknowledgement and approval, before employment may commence.
The following guidelines should be applied to all full-time postgraduate students, including privately sponsored students and those holding University research studentships.
There is broad agreement between UK sponsors in the matter of subject-related paid employment (mainly teaching and demonstrating). This permits employment, with the express permission of the Supervisors, to a normal maximum of 6 hours in the working week (9 to 5, Monday to Friday). Again, in most cases, the annual maximum will be 180 hours per year.
A small amount of non-subject-related work is permitted, generally outside normal working hours, but again, only with the express permission of the Supervisors and only when such permission is granted with full acknowledgement of the terms of the sponsoring body. In some cases, this will require the prior approval of the sponsoring body. In the case of privately funded students and holders of University postgraduate research studentships, the maximum shall not normally exceed 6 hours per week.
However, the Academic Board (Postgraduate Research) may approve an extension to this 6 hour limit on the recommendation of the Supervisors, provided that all such work shall be undertaken outside normal working hours and that the total commitment, inside and outside normal working hours, does not exceed 12 hours in any single week.
Short term work placements in companies, whether paid or unpaid, and other collaborative links which will develop industrial/commercial awareness is to be encouraged but must accord with the terms laid down by the sponsoring body. Postgraduate students who wish to participate in such training or other paid work directly related to their research studies must seek the permission of their Supervisors. The Supervisors must give formal consent to indicate that the intended work will not interfere with the student’s research programme and is within the terms laid down by the relevant sponsor.
Senate Guidelines for Appointment of Postgraduate Student Demonstrators/ Tutorial Assistants
It is recognised that experience in teaching and assessment contributes significantly to the employability of postgraduate students, therefore the use of Postgraduate Student Demonstrators/Tutorial Assistants is encouraged subject to the following Guidelines: