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11. Supervisors

11.1 After receiving the advice of the Head of School, the Associate Dean and the URC shall appoint a Principal Supervisor and, if appropriate, one or more additional supervisors (to be known as Co-Supervisors) for each candidate at the same time as it approves admission to the thesis stage of thecandidature. Before making a recommendation the Associate Dean shall consult with the Head of School, proposed supervisor(s), other staff, as may be appropriate, and, if necessary, the candidate.

11.2 The Associate Dean must provide an assurance of continuity of expert supervision for the duration of candidature in the field of study.

11.3 On the advice of the Associate Dean, the URC may appoint an Associate Supervisor.

11.4 All supervisors shall follow the procedures outlined in the University’s Supervision Policy.

11.5 If the candidate is permitted to pursue candidature away from the University pursuant to the provisions of Regulations 10.2 and 10.4 above, the Head of School shall advise the Associate Dean and/or RTSC on the appointment of an Associate Supervisor able to provide guidance at the external institution or centre.

11.6 If a supervisor is to be absent from the University for more than three consecutive months, the Associate Dean and/or RTSC shall, on the advice of the Head of School, appoint an acting supervisor. Before making such recommendation the Associate Dean shall consult the supervisor concerned, the proposed acting supervisor, other staff as may be appropriate, and, if necessary, the candidate.

11.7 A Principal Supervisor, but not necessarily a Co-Supervisor or an Associate Supervisor, must hold an academic qualification at least equivalent to the level of the degree being supervised, or have published work in a relevant discipline which satisfies the RTSC, after consultation with the Associate Dean, as being adequate for the purpose of supervision.

11.8 No person who is enrolled for a Doctoral degree by research in this University or any other institution shall serve as a Principal Supervisor of a Doctoral candidate in the same research area unless approved by the RTSC.

11.9 A candidate may request the Associate Dean and/or RTSC to review supervision arrangements and to appoint a new supervisor, if necessary. The candidate shall specify in writing the reason for the request, and the Associate Dean shall consult all parties concerned before making a decision on the basis of the evidence available to it.