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Research Students' Charter


The aim of this document is to outline and make explicit the rights of research students in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. This should help to encourage consistent treatment of research students, and also to clarify the mechanisms that exist for ensuring that research students are well supported.

University and faculty policies

Students should familiarise themselves with the pertinent Faculty and University policies and regulations.


  1. Supervision. (*) Each research student has a right to meet with their supervisor on a regular basis. The normal pattern will involve meetings on a weekly basis, and the average regularity should be at least 3 meetings a month. Please read the University's Supervision Policy for Postgraduate Research Degrees.
  2. Advisor. Each research student has a right to an advisor, who is not their supervisor. The role of the advisor is to support both the student and the supervisor, and to monitor progress. If a student is unhappy about some aspect of their studies, the advisor has a duty to meet with the student when the student requests such a meeting. Please read the University's Policy on Postgraduate Research Advisor Role.
  3. Second Reader. The aim of this document is to clarify the role of Second Readers for research students in the School of Computer Science. The Second Reader provides an independent assessment of the long report produced by the student prior to the assessment interview at the end of the first year of research.
  4. Research School Director. Each research student has a right to meet with the Director of Research School (currently Dr Jonathan Shapiro) if they have problems or difficulties relating to their studies. The normal practice is for the student to meet both supervisor and advisor first. Thus the escalation route for problems or complaints is supervisor, advisor, Director of Studies, Head of School. During the first year, the Director of Studies is currently Dr Alvaro Fernandes.
  5. Research Group. Each research student who has been admitted into the research school (e.g. as a direct entry PhD student, after completing an MPhil, or after acceptance of a transfer report) becomes part of a research group which is the first port of call for resources, accommodation and support for the student.
  6. Publications. Additional publication information may be available on the research group web pages.
  7. Seminars. Find out about current and past school seminars. Unless otherwise stated seminars begin at 14:15 in Kilburn 1.4.
  8. Workplace. To each research student will be allocated a place to work for the period of full registration. During submission pending registration, workplace resources may be shared. Workplace includes a desk, a filing cabinet, a computer and an adjustable computer chair. Computers will normally be supplied by the research group of which the student is part, and research groups are given resources explicitly for supporting research students.
  9. Conferences. Each research student has a right to attend at least one conference/workshop that is expected to contribute to their training, at their group's expense. Funding is allocated to research groups for PhD student travel that is made available to students as is seen fit by the group.
  10. Specialised Software/Hardware. Research groups will normally provide the software or specialised hardware needed by students for their studies. Cases for school provision of low-cost items of software or hardware can be made to Computer Services via Mike Keeley.
  11. Photocopying. Research groups will normally ensure that students have access to a photocopier. Usage will be monitored to identify and follow-up on excesses.
  12. Mentoring. The research student community has a right to peer-to-peer support. For this purpose, the School runs a mentoring scheme.
  13. Student Satisfaction. The School welcomes feedback from the research student community. For this purpose, in addition to any Faculty- and University-led feedback collection mechanism, the School offers every student annual opportunity (coinciding with the progression interviews) to provide feedback. There is also a Postgraduate Research Staff-Student Consultative Committee, which reports into Research School's committee. For further details, visit the Computer Science Committees page.
  14. Training. (*) Being updated.
  15. Grant codes