There are many sources of advice and support in the Department. If you are experiencing any problems, especially any that will impede your progress, you should address these quickly.
Supervisor and Advisors
As a graduate student you have access to several "formal" sources of advice. The Department has a clearly defined advisory structure; the main source of academic, scientific and personal advice for any research student is, of course, the supervisor, but you will also have two academic advisors, who are able to act as a supplementary source of scientific expertise, offer periodic encouragement, and who assess your progress reports. They will be appointed by the Departmental Graduate Education Committee (DGEC) in consultation with you and your supervisor, when you submit your Feasibility Report. One will be a DGEC member. With the exception of your First Year meeting, the onus is on you to organise meetings with your advisors. Often a chat over coffee can be very useful.
Having people around you who will read your work, discuss your ideas, and perhaps help you plan your time can make an enormous difference. Remember that regular meetings with people who will give attention to your work and help plan short term deadlines can give you much needed structure and support.
In addition, the Departmental Mentor provides support for any research students who feel the need for extra consultation. Such a need might arise, for example, if a student encounters difficulties that cannot be addressed by the supervisor or the rest of the support system. If you need assistance in any way or simply want to talk things over, please contact the Departmental Mentor, Dr Richard Preece, and he will do his best to help. Any conversations are strictly confidential.
Graduate Administrator and Director of Graduate Education
Your Graduate Student Reps provide a route for feedback that helps us to develop graduate studies in the Department, but they are also a source of informal and friendly advice for all graduate students.
Check out the Advice from other students section for some top tips!
Your college graduate tutors are an important resource for counsel on academic questions as well as those of a more pastoral nature.
The Student Gateway has links to various resources you might find useful during your time as a graduate student.