Support within your department



Please refer to the College’s Code of Practice, where the responsibilities of your supervisor are clarified. The supervisor is expected to be ‘approachable and available’ and therefore you should feel able to speak to him/her about any issue that might be compromising your academic progress.


Each research student is allocated an advisor who is supposed to offer additional academic and pastoral support. If for any reason it is difficult to speak to your supervisor, you should contact your advisor on personal and non-work related issues.

Director of Graduate Studies

Each department has a Director of Graduate Studies, whose role is to deputise for the Head of Department on matters concerning postgraduate studies and students. Directors of Graduate Studies can be contacted to discuss difficulties you may have with individuals within your supervisory team.

Head of Department

As the highest authority in the department, it will always be possible to raise any concern you have with the Head of Department. This would particularly be the case if the Director of Graduate Studies happens to be part of your supervisory team.

Postgraduate Administrator

Each department has an administrator whose role is to deal with the administration surrounding postgraduate research students. They should be your first point of call for your administration queries.