Change of Supervisor

If serious conflicts arise between the supervisor and student which cannot be resolved, either the student or the supervisor may refer the matter to the departmental PGR Lead or the Head of Department.  If it is considered to be appropriate, feasible, and in the best interests of all parties, the student may be assigned to a different supervisor or an additional supervisor may be appointed.  This decision rests with the academic department, but the department must be able to explain the reasons for its decision, particularly where a request for a change of supervisor is rejected.

If a supervisor leaves part way through a student's research programme, cover should be arranged until an alternative supervisor is found. Research Services should be kept informed of any changes to supervisory arrangements at the earliest opportunity. This is essential both for the effective monitoring of student progression and to ensure the accuracy of University records, which are used to make key data returns.