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General considerations - The Supervisor's role

This is primarily a teaching one.  Some supervisors accept PhD students mainly in the hope of increasing their own research productivity.  PhD students undoubtedly do have the potential to increase research productivity, yet a PhD (or an MPhil) is largely about training.  Before committing yourself to take on a research student, you must ensure that you have the time to devote to teaching that student, and that the resources exist in your group to give that student an adequate training and research environment.