PGR Code of Practice

PGR Code of Practice

Download: 21/22 PGR Code of Practice

The University of Glasgow recognises that research students make a vital contribution to our institution’s research output, culture and international reputation as a dynamic, competitive, research-led university.

The University has agreed that some aspects of a postgraduate research student’s experience are common across all disciplines.  The University’s Graduate Schools have therefore developed a Postgraduate Research (PGR) Code of Practice, which sets out guidelines to students and staff about the most effective practice for each stage in a postgraduate student’s life.  These are the expected standards that all staff and students should maintain. 

It is important that postgraduate research students:

  • receive the highest quality of support from University staff;
  • are encouraged and supported to have an excellent student experience;
  • have access to the correct information and resources to facilitate the satisfactory completion of their research;
  • develop the skills needed for their future careers;
  • are aware of their roles and responsibilities as well as those of their supervisors and other University staff.

Summary of important changes to the 2021/22 Code of Practice

  • Updated Section 2 on admissions which reflects current practice;
  • Acknowledgment in Section 5 that postdoctoral researchers may act as secondary supervisors and clarifying current practice in relation to supervisor development;
  • Updates to Sections 5 and 9 clarifying situations where there may be changes to the supervisory team;
  • Updates to Section 6 on training and development to reflect current practice and the existence of additional support for students conducting fieldwork;
  • Updated commentary to Section 10 on 'alternative format' theses, clarifying that these are possible in any college but that local guidance should be provided and adhered to to ensure the appropriateness of this approach;
  • A new section 12 on Research Integrity.