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Postgraduate Research Handbook

Attendance Requirements

Attendance Requirements

Students registered on a full time postgraduate research programme are expected to devote their whole time to the degree programme.

Attendance and Engagement Milestones

Your attendance and engagement on the degree programme will be monitored on a monthly basis through meetings with your supervisory team to discuss progress, training needs and plans for your next phase of work.  Your supervisory team has the responsibility of checking and recording  your attendance and engagement in your eProg record.  This provides a formal account that you are in regular contact with your main supervisor, that regular contact/meetings is/are taking place between you and your supervisor as appropriate, that you have attended seminars and training events as required, and that you have been engaged and present in the University.  As well as monitoring attendance, these forms are a useful tool to monitor your progression.  If your timetable or progress begins to slip, then it is important to discuss these issues explicitly, to note them using this form and to make plans to rectify the situation.  Good planning and monitoring of progress are key to a successful and timely completion.

Most supervisors have contact/meetings with their students formally and informally very regularly and no additional contact or meetings should be required to complete this monthly eProg form.  The minimum standard, however, is for the main supervisor and student to maintain contact at least once a month to discuss progress, training needs, and plans for the next phase of work, and this eProg form which monitors attendance and engagement can be completed as part of these regular meetings or contact points.

Residency Requirements

The University requires you to reside within a commutable distance from Manchester during your time as a registered student, unless you are on an approved fieldwork / a formal placement or are on a period of Submission Pending.  This is to ensure that you are able to meet attendance expectations and participate in wider research activities within your discipline area and/or school.  Should you be unable to do this at any point during your programme, a formal case must be made to the Faculty office, together with the full support of your supervisor(s).  The University reserves the right to reject such a request where it is considered that your residency could have a detrimental impact on the progression and engagement of your studies.

International Student Census

If you are an international student who requires a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, in addition to the above monthly monitoring you will also be required to present yourself in person to the Doctoral Programmes Office on a quarterly basis.

This is called the University’s International Student Census and is to ensure the University is meeting its legal obligations.

The Census dates for 2017-2018 are confirmed as:

25th September 2017 - 6th October 2017

15th January 2018 - 26th January 2018 

16th May 2018 - 6th June 2018 

16th July 2018 - 27th July 2018

You will be notified by the Doctoral Programmes Office when and how you need to attend.