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Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership


AHRC Submission Rate

The AHRC is accountable for the public funds it manages and distributes. The Submission Rate Survey is one method the Council uses to monitor the progress and outcome of studentships. The Submission Rate Survey is an annual survey that calculates the rate of submission of doctoral students who have held AHRC postgraduate studentships. The census date of the survey is 30 September each year.

Sanction Policy

The AHRC’s monitoring of submission rates is intended to encourage the on-time completion of a thesis, and incorporates a sanctions policy. Research Organisations (RO) identified in the survey as achieving fewer than 70% of submissions on time - in any given year and aggregated over 4 years - are ineligible to hold doctoral studentships for two years. Irrespective of whether the studentship is offered for longer or if it is extended, the submission date must be no more than 4 years from the start of the award for a full-time student. The AHRC will continue to monitor and sanction at RO level, even if the RO is part of a consortium, as it is the RO at which the student is registered which is responsible for that student.