University of Suffolk is required to monitor students’ progress regularly throughout their period of study. This will occur informally at regular meetings with their supervisory team, and more formally via Annual Progress Reviews. During regular meetings with their supervisory team they will discuss their research schedule and progress, skills and training needs, and tasks or actions that they should aim to complete. The thesis must represent in all respects the student’s original work rather than the ideas of the supervisory team.
You should keep notes of all supervisory meetings. An agreed record of meetings with your supervisory team should be given to the Graduate School as soon as possible after the meeting. This record should indicate, in broad terms, the areas of discussion, conclusions and agreed action points and must be signed by you and by your primary supervisor. A blank form for you to use to record these meetings is available on the Graduate School page and as hard copy.
Your relationship with your supervisory team is a two-way process in which you both have rights and responsibilities. During your period of study, it is possible that you may encounter personal, financial or other difficulties that may affect your studies. University of Suffolk is committed to supporting you where possible. In the first instance, you should contact a member of your supervisory team, particularly if you feel that changing circumstances might affect your progress. It is strongly recommended that you seek help at the earliest possible opportunity. Your team is experienced and it is unlikely that you are encountering a problem that they have not heard before.
The UEA Code of Practice for Research Degrees requires a minimum of eight meetings per year for full-time students. There is an expectation of monthly meetings with the primary supervisor, which includes formal progress review meetings. Please refer to http://www.uea.ac.uk/pgresearch/regsandforms/Research+Degrees+Code+of+Practice for further details. During meetings with your supervisory team you will discuss your progress and all aspects of advanced research education, the development of your research project, related presentations and publications and the preparation of your thesis. You should also discuss any issue that relates to your performance or ability to progress in your degree studies with your supervisors in the first instance.
Finding the right supervisor(s) and negotiating and managing your working relationship with them is likely to be a new departure for most postgraduates, and it will undoubtedly pay to get it right from the outset. The following sources of advice should help you to do so.
Green, N. and Marshall, S., Your PhD Companion, 3rd edn (2010), How to Books.
Wisker, G. The Postgraduate Research Handbook, 2nd. edn (2008) Chapters 4 and 10
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