The primary academic duty of a supervisor is to provide a student with those elements of training that allow them the best chance to complete their degree successfully and on time. The student may well need considerable support in adjusting from their previous taught experience, to the individual, self managing and self motivated goals of the PhD student. Timing has become of great importance, both to students and to the Department and School. All the larger funding bodies now look at completion time as a major consideration in deciding whether to fund further studentships for departments, and this Department has suffered in the past because too few PhD’s have completed within four years. In addition, students already carry much more debt than formerly and overruns are likely to become real welfare issues.
It is very important to ensure that projects are designed to be within the capabilities of your student.