A thesis supervisor should…

 

  • provide guidance and assistance to students so that they may carry out their research and present their results to the best advantage

  • be sufficiently familiar with the field of research to provide guidance and/or has a willingness to gain that familiarity before agreeing to act as a supervisor

  • make contact with their students to advise on general background reading and to encourage an initial literature survey on the research topic

  • take the initiative in updating their knowledge and skills by participating in a range of appropriate activities and sharing good practice

  • check that the student has received information sent by the university concerning registration and that s/he has registered for that session

  • check that the student has received copies of essential documentation relevant to their research studies or have been informed where to locate them on the web

  • assist their students to plan their research studies, including helping students to define their research topic, to identify schemes and specific tasks, to identify the relevant research literature, data bases and other relevant sources, and to be aware of the standards in the discipline

  • have a reasonable knowledge and understanding of the university's regulations governing research study and the university, faculty and departmental procedures governing research study and supervision

  • have a reasonable knowledge of and be able to advise their research students on the availability of the university's academic services and facilities and how to make use of them

  • provide their students with a minimum of one recorded supervision a week

  • advise their students on the procedures for monitoring their progress which are scheduled during the semester before the thesis monitoring committee

  • attend the thesis monitoring organizations as a committee member when necessary

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  • discuss with the student what personal, academic and professional skills training the student requires in order to complete his/her research studies and to provide a skills base for a future career

  • ensure that the student receives adequate training in research ethics and is given assistance in applying for ethical approval if appropriate

  • be aware of and advise the student of the correct safety procedures pertaining to his/her

  • encourage and facilitate meetings between the student and academics in the field, through departmental colloquia, seminars, external meetings and conferences and should encourage the student to publish the results of his/her research.

  • request written work as appropriate, and read and provide constructive criticism on it within a reasonable time.

  • read and comment on the draft of the student's thesis prior to submission

  • advise student on the timing, construction and form of presentation of his/her thesis

  • ensure that the student is aware of the requirement to submit all data collected during the period of study as a research student of the university prior to arrangement of the viva voce examination

  • ensure that students are made aware when progress is inadequate or when standards of work fall below those generally expected and will report such occurrences to the department

  • be responsible for helping to develop their students’ skills in technical writing, oral presentation, problem definition, statistical data analysis and critical literature review

  • ensure their students are aware of opportunities for conference attendance and other appropriate fora for presenting, intellectual development and networking

  • give guidance on the systematic recording of data or theoretical calculations and the importance of keeping and maintaining a clear record of all that has been undertaken

  • guide students on the relevant use of library facilities, including approaching original literature and sources with a critical attitude and will give guidance on matters related to copyright and on avoiding plagiarism.

  • ensure that students are aware of the department guidelines for proper
    scientific conduct in research

  • make arrangements to ensure continuity of supervision when the supervisor will be absent for extended periods, e.g. a month or longer.

  • encourage the student to finish up when it would not be in the student’s best interests to extend the program of studies.

  • assist the student to comply with any changes that need to be made to the thesis after the thesis or dissertation defense

  • determine an external advisor on diploma work field and introduce to the student