School Staff Research Roles

School Research Lead

Each school has a School Research Lead who is responsible for providing research leadership within the school and supporting the Head of School and Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research & International in meeting the university’s research objectives.  It is the responsibility of the School Research Lead to recommend suitable supervisory teams/Postgraduate Research Tutors for the supervision of research students, to the Research Degrees Sub Committee (RDSC). The role description document sets out information on the responsibilities of a School Research Lead.

 

SchoolResearch Lead
School of Art, Design & Computer Science Dr Vanessa Corby
School of Education Professor Matthew Clarke
School of Health Sciences Dr Alison Laver-Fawcett
School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy Professor Pauline Kollontai
School of Languages & Linguistics Professor Chris Hall /
Professor Helen Sauntson
School of Performance & Media Production Professor Matthew Reason
School of Psychological & Social Sciences Professor Stephen Gibson
School of Sport Dr Andy Hill
York Business School Dr Pete Watt /
Professor Jeff Gold

 

Postgraduate Research Tutors

Each research student 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 research students through pastoral meetings which are offered to each research student on an annual basis. Research students can request a pastoral meeting by contacting the University Research Administrators. 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 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 course of research degree supervision in the previous five years
  4. Must have attended a minimum of two Postgraduate Research Supervisors’ Forum events in the previous year
  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 research students with:

  • Opportunities for access to regular and appropriate supervisory support
  • Encouragement to interact with other students
  • Advice from one or more independent sources, internal or external
  • Arrangements that protect the research student 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 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 research students supervised who have submitted successfully (name of student, title of degree, year of award and awarding institution).
  4. A list of research degree internal and external examiner appointments (name of student, 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 sub group of RDSC. 

Changes to Supervisory teams

If changes are required to a supervisory team for a research student 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 sub group.

Supporting Students

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