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Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership


The Role of the Supervisor

A student’s primary supervisor and co-supervisors play a key role in supporting the student’s progress and development – in terms of their research project, their development as a researcher, and their wider professional skills. The AHRC expects institutions to have mechanisms in place to ensure that supervisors are aware of the AHRC’s and broader UKRI expectations, as well as awareness of the training opportunities available to students, either locally, or through a Training Grant if appropriate. This should include awareness of UKRI’s Statement of Expectations for Doctoral Training, the AHRC’s Research Training Framework and for supervisors of Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA), UKRI’s Joint Vision for Collaborative Training. The AHRC welcomes co-supervision of students between supervisors of different disciplines or different institutions. Where such arrangements are made, both supervisors should be recorded in Je-S Student Details.

All supervisors of doctoral students at Cambridge are expected to carry out supervisor training as prescribed by their faculty/department and degree committee. They are asked to familiarise themselves with the Code of Practice for Research Students, which also sets out duties and expectations of supervisors. Information on the training course available to supervisors can be found here:

The Cambridge AHRC DTP Supervisors' Guide