Information for Postgraduate Research Supervisors Information for Postgraduate Research Supervisors

Doctoral College Annual Report

You can now download the Doctoral College Annual Report for 2018-19 (PDF 4MB).

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 postgraduate researchers both as early-career researchers and UEA-registered students
  • Provision of high quality training within the Norwich Research Park that supports postgraduate researchers’ 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 postgraduate researchers and their supervisory teams
  • Continuing to evaluate, develop and enhance our research degree provision in ways that are linked to the development of the University’s research strategy, the UEA Plan and UEA Vision 2030

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  
  • 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:

  • Encourage postgraduate researchers encountering difficulties to seek support promptly, using facilities such as the Advice Centre, the Student Support Service and the UEA Medical Services 
  • If required, advise and encourage postgraduate researchers to submit any concession requests as soon as possible 
  • Provide all the information requested in the concessions forms promptly, using the guidance provided, to ensure faster turnaround and so that the best decisions can be made

Working with the PGR Service - Supervisors can:

Key Contact Details Key Contact Details

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

One further key person in regards to UEA's PGR provision is the Student Union Postgraduate Education Officer.