PGR Code of Practice

PGR Code of Practice

Download: ‌ 2019/20 PGR Code of Practice (revised for September 2019)

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 2019/20 Code of Practice

  • Thesis pending - the text of the thesis pending policy has been included within the Code of Practice in Section 10.  It has to date existed as a stand-alone policy but is now part of the Code.
  • The pronouns used throughout the document have been changed to they/them rather than her/him, etc.
  • The Code now refers to the 'University Regulations' rather than the 'University Calendar' as the name has been changed.
  • There is a new section (Section 8) on 'Student Mobility and Distance Learning Study'. This was written in consultation with colleagues across the University to take into account a wide range of viewpoints. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any comments on this section or would like more information. 
  • Some clarification of the text in the glossary as well as in sections 9 and 10 on suspensions and extensions has been agreed.  We have tended to use the term 'suspension' (time out during the funded period) and 'extension' (an extension to an end date during the thesis pending period') as per UKRI use of the terms. However, it came to our attention that this could be interpreted that students were not able to be suspended from study for parental leave, medical issues, etc. where this is not the case.