Postgraduate Research Code of Practice

Postgraduate Research Code of Practice

Download: PGR Code of Practice 2017/18 (revised for September 2017)

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 to us, therefore, that postgraduate research students:

  • receive the highest quality of support from University staff;
  • have access to the correct information to facilitate the satisfactory completion of their research;
  • carry out their responsibilities appropriately; and
  • be aware of the roles and responsibilities of their supervisors and other University staff.

Summary of important changes to the 17/18 Code of Practice

  • The document has been amended throughout to be clear that students should engage with their 'supervisory team' rather than just their primary supervisor where this is appropriate.
  • Section 5 has been updated to include reference to split site PhDs.
  • Section 8 has been updated with some guidance about the use of external proof-readers by students.
  • Section 10 on Research Data Management was updated to include a statement that even where a student does not complete their studies they still must appropriately deposit data related to any work they have done while a research student at Glasgow.