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School Staff research roles

School Research and Knowledge Transfer Leads

Each school has a School Research and Knowledge Transfer Lead who is responsible for providing research leadership within the school and supporting the Head of School and Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Impact) in meeting the University's research objectives. The role description document sets out information on the responsibilities of a School Research and Knowledge Transfer Lead.

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School of the Arts Dr Steve Rawle
School of Education, Language and Psychology Professor Matthew Clarke
School of Humanities Professor Abi Curtis
School of Science, Technology and Health Dr Daniel Madigan
York Business School Dr Alexandra Dales

School Postgraduate Research Lead

Each school has a School Postgraduate Research Lead who has oversight of PGR student recruitment, experience, and progression, and takes a lead role on the development and implementation of School and University postgraduate research plans, and provides leadership and support for supervisory and examination teams.

The role description document sets out information on the responsibilities of a School Postgraduate Research Lead.

School Postgraduate Research Lead Role Description (docx, 30.6 kB)

Postgraduate Research Tutors

Each PGR is assigned a Postgraduate Research Tutor (PGRT) during the admissions process, and they will usually keep the same PGRT throughout the duration of their programme. Postgraduate Research Tutors are responsible for providing pastoral care to PGRs through pastoral meetings which are offered to each PGR on an annual basis. PGRs can request a pastoral meeting by contacting the Research Office. The role description document sets out information on the responsibilities of a PGRT.

Supervisory Teams

Supervisors are appointed during the admissions process. Each team consists of a minimum of two supervisors – a main supervisor and at least one co-supervisor. At least one supervisor must be a designated senior supervisor.  Occasionally, a supervisory team may also include an external supervisor. 

The eligibility criteria for research degree supervision and supervisory teams states that supervisors normally:

  1. Should normally hold a doctoral level qualification
  2. Should not be registered for a research degree themselves at YSJU or any other institution
  3. Must have completed the required training for research degree supervision in the previous three years, or have been actively supervising for at least the previous three years
  4. Must have active participation in research
  5. Must have either a 0.2 FTE permanent appointment or 0.2 FTE fixed term contract with an expiry date at least 6 months after the submission deadline for the student’s thesis.

For more information please read the criteria document.

All supervisory teams satisfy the requirements of the UK Quality Code Chapter B11: Research Degrees. The University ensures this by providing PGRs with:

  • Opportunities for access to regular and appropriate supervisory support
  • Encouragement to interact with other PGRs
  • Advice from one or more independent sources, internal or external
  • Arrangements that protect the PGR in the event of the loss of a supervisor

Senior supervisor status

Academic staff who are experienced research degree supervisors may apply for senior supervisor status (‘sole supervisor’ status for those operating under the University of Leeds regulations). In addition to the supervisor criteria listed above, applicants for senior supervisor status must meet the following criteria.

Senior supervisor status for doctoral level study requires that a supervisor will need to have:   Senior supervisor status for masters level study requires that a supervisor will need to have:
  • at least three full years of experience of research degree supervision at doctoral level

 and  

  • experience of supervising a doctoral qualification throughout the candidature, including induction and examination (this does not have to be a single continuous candidature and may be met by supervision of more than one candidate)

 

  • at least two full years of experience of research degree supervision at masters or doctoral level

and 

  • experience of supervising a masters by research or doctoral qualification throughout the candidature, including induction and examination (this does not have to be a single continuous candidature and may be met by supervision of more than one candidate)

 

To apply for senior supervisor status the following information should be sent to Registry (research@yorksj.ac.uk): 

 

  1. A brief curriculum vitae including a list of recent publications.
  2. A list of all past and present research students supervised by the supervisor with dates (at YSJU or elsewhere).
  3. A list of all PGRs supervised who have submitted successfully (name of PGR, the title of degree, year of award and awarding institution).
  4. A list of research degree internal and external examiner appointments (name of PGR, the title of degree, thesis title, year of appointment and institution).

 

This information can be provided as an integrated CV specifically for the purpose of a senior supervisor application but does not have to be in this format.

Applications for senior supervisor status will be considered by the subgroup of RDSC. 

Changes to Supervisory teams

If changes are required to a supervisory team for a PGR during their candidature, the request form below should be completed, signed by the appropriate School Research Lead and submitted to the Committee Secretary of RDSC (research@yorksj.ac.uk).  A rationale and effective date for the change must be provided.  Requests for a change in the supervisory team will be considered by the RDSC subgroup.

Supporting Students

To find key information and an explanation of support for PGRs at each stage, you can go to the following pages:

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