Information for Postgraduate Research Supervisors Information for Postgraduate Research Supervisors

UEA Research Degree Education Strategy

UEA has undertaken to commit to the Research Degree Education Strategy (RDES) for 2014-2019. The report, of which a quick reference guide can be found here, outlines five key principles for the success of improving research degree provision at UEA.  

  • Consideration of research degree candidates both as early-career researchers and UEA-registered students
  • Provision of high quality training within the Norwich Research Park that supports candidates’ research and prepares them for a variety of different possible career paths
  • Provision of high-quality student services and facilities
  • Ensuring a strong professional relationship between candidates and their supervisory teams
  • Continuing to evaluate, develop and enhance our research degree provision in ways that are linked to the development 

The full report acknowledges that academic supervisors will play a key part in the implementation of RDES, by focusing on the six key areas detailed below.

Six Areas for Supervisors Six Areas for Supervisors

Admissions and recruitment - Supervisors should:

  • Respond to all enquiries quickly, either by replying directly to an enquiry or by forwarding it to the PGR Service at pgr.enquiries.admiss@uea.ac.uk  
  • Follow the PGR Admissions Framework, details of which can be found in the annually circulated framework handbook, available on Blackboard for Postgraduate Research Directors
  • Follow general UEA PGR Admissions Policy
  • If required, make international applicants aware of information such as the minimum required standard of English within your school, or Visa advice provided by the International Student Advisory Team 
  • Make all decisions in a timely manner 
  • Note that all interviews should involve someone not in the supervisory team
     

Good supervisory practice - Supervisors should:

Bidding for funding - Supervisors should:

Progress and engagement - Supervisors should:

  • Familiarise themselves with new regulations around probation for candidates registering from 2015-16 
  • Be aware of the processes and timings for the Annual Progress Review, and complete their sections promptly 
  • Sign off monthly supervision journal reports where these are introduced to help comply with UK Research Council and UK Visas and Immigration reporting requirements
     

Early intervention - Supervisors should:

Working with the PGR Service - Supervisors can:

  • Let the University know of any further suggestions via your School or Institute Director of Postgraduate Research
  • Let the PGR Service know of any further suggestions directly through getting in contact with the office directly

Key Contact Details Key Contact Details

Key contacts in regards to the Research Degree Education Strategy are listed below: 

  • Dr Nick WatmoughAcademic Director of Research Degree Programmes (2012 – 2018)
  • Dr Vivien EassonHead of Postgraduate Research Service, Research and Innovation Division