PGR Code of Practice

PGR Code of Practice

Download: 20/21 PGR Code of Practice (revised for September 2020)

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 2020/21 Code of Practice

  • Thesis pending - the text of the thesis pending policy has been included within the Code of Practice in Section 10.  It had existed as a stand-alone policy but is now part of the Code. This now also reflects the abolition of the thesis pending fee.
  • The 'Guidance Notes on the Degree of the Doctor of Philosophy', which had previously been published as a stand-alone document alongside the University Regulations with information about research degree examinations, has now been incorporated into the Code. The Deans of Graduate Studies Committee reviewed and edited this text for inclusion as part of Section 10 'Submission and Final Examination'.
  • The updated text in Section 10 includes information about remote vivas, e-submission of theses, and adjustments to examination procedures and practices.