A clear line of responsibility can allow only one primary supervisor for each student, but it is very important to have additional sources of scientific knowledge and technical experience available. In addition, the supervisory relationship may, from time to time, undergo difficulties. Supervisors are required to appoint an advisor (or supervisory team – see below): a person who will act as a mentor to the student in their research work. Please notify the Graduate Office of who will act as advisor by mid November. (Don’t forget to check their willingness to accept the role!) It is increasingly seen as desirable to obtain advice more widely, and the Department now favour the appointment of supervisory teams as an alternative to advisors. Again, please let the the Graduate Office know who is involved.
Advisor’s duties. - The relationship should be largely informal, but the advisor should meet with the student at least twice a term to check on their progress. The advisor may provide a second view on planning and progressing the thesis, thus meetings between advisor and supervisor are also useful. However, the minimum role of the advisor is seen as being in pastoral care with a scientific / academic slant (as distinct from the welfare slant of the college tutor).