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  • FACULTY OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

    POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH STUDENT HANDBOOK

    2016/7

    If you require the Handbook in an alternative format, please let us

    know. On request we can provide you with a printed copy, enlarged

    print on coloured paper, audio recording or Braille version.

    Handbook Updated September 2016 to be reviewed July 2017

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    Welcome

    It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. This

    handbook aims to provide you with key information about studying for research degrees

    (PhD and MPhil) at Keele as well as information about resources and procedures within our

    Faculty.

    The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has a thriving academic community made up

    of active researchers in a wide variety of areas within the broad spectrum of Social Sciences.

    As a postgraduate research student you are a member of this community, and you are

    encouraged to take advantage of the various activities that make up the intellectual life of

    the Faculty.

    Research students are a very valuable part of the Faculty and we try and provide an

    environment where your research can develop and flourish. If you have any queries, please

    do not hesitate to get in touch with the relevant staff members (see a full list of contacts and

    roles in the appendix), who will be happy to help you.

    Every effort is made to ensure that the information contained in this Handbook and in all

    other documentation provided by the School is correct at the time of publication. The

    Handbook does not replace the entries in the University Regulations, which are authoritative

    statements. In the case of a contradiction or other discrepancy between information in this

    Handbook and the Regulations, the Regulations shall be authoritative, unless approval has

    been given for a variation. We would however, be grateful to you for drawing any sources of

    contradictory information to our attention. The University will do all it reasonably can to

    provide the programme as described in this document. Given the duration of the

    programme, circumstances beyond the University’s reasonable control may mean that it

    cannot deliver the programme as described. In addition to the other information provided,

    the University seeks to identify below the circumstances in which it may be required to make

    changes. Where any such changes are made, the University will notify the relevant students

    as early as reasonably possible and will take all reasonable steps to minimise any disruption

    which may result, for example, by delivering a modified version of the programme, affording

    the opportunity to withdraw and providing help to transfer to another institution or, where

    relevant, by providing alternative optional modules. It may be helpful to remember that

    Schools sometimes operate different procedures and you are advised to refer to the relevant

    School Handbook for modules being taken in another School.

    University Policies and Regulations

    Student Charter: http://www.keele.ac.uk/aboutus/studentcharter/ - the Charter sets out

    what you can expect of the University and our expectations of you. Student-related

    regulations:

    http://www.keele.ac.uk/aboutus/studentcharter/

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    http://www.keele.ac.uk/paa/governance/actcharterstatutesordinancesandregulations/unive

    rsityregulations/stud ent-relatedregulations/ Student Discipline procedures:

    http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentdiscipline/ Regulations on examinations and assessments:

    http://www.keele.ac.uk/regulations/regulation8/ Key University dates:

    http://www.keele.ac.uk/keydates/ University Policy on Late Submission of Assessed Work:

    http://www.keele.ac.uk/paa/academicadministration/policies/lateandfailuretosubmitwritte

    nwork/

    Code of practice http://www.keele.ac.uk/research/currentpgrstudents/codeofpractice/

    file:///C:/Users/KeeleUni/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.IE5/FTPU5PXS/Transfer/Conference%20Papers%202/www.keele.ac.uk/paa/governance/actcharterstatutesordinancesandregulations/universityregulations/stud%20ent-relatedregulations/ file:///C:/Users/KeeleUni/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.IE5/FTPU5PXS/Transfer/Conference%20Papers%202/www.keele.ac.uk/paa/governance/actcharterstatutesordinancesandregulations/universityregulations/stud%20ent-relatedregulations/ file:///C:/Users/KeeleUni/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.IE5/FTPU5PXS/Transfer/Conference%20Papers%202/www.keele.ac.uk/studentdiscipline/%20Regulations file:///C:/Users/KeeleUni/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.IE5/FTPU5PXS/Transfer/Conference%20Papers%202/www.keele.ac.uk/regulations/regulation8/%20Key%20University file:///C:/Users/KeeleUni/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.IE5/FTPU5PXS/Transfer/Conference%20Papers%202/www.keele.ac.uk/keydates/%20University%20Policy%20on%20Late%20Submission%20of%20Assessed%20Work http://www.keele.ac.uk/paa/academicadministration/policies/lateandfailuretosubmitwrittenwork/ http://www.keele.ac.uk/paa/academicadministration/policies/lateandfailuretosubmitwrittenwork/ file:///C:/Users/KeeleUni/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.IE5/FTPU5PXS/Transfer/Conference%20Papers%202/www.keele.ac.uk/research/currentpgrstudents/codeofpractice/

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    CONTENTS

    WELCOME ............................................................................................................................................................. 1

    SECTION 1: THE POSTGRADUATE RESEARCHER.................................................................................... 5 1.1 THE AIMS OF POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH ................................................................................................................... 5 1.2 THE ROLE OF SUPERVISION ........................................................................................................................................... 6

    SECTION 2: THE FACULTY OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ............................................... 9 2.1 KEY CONTACTS ............................................................................................................................................................. 10

    2.1.1 HumSS Faculty Research Director ........................................................................................................... 10 2.1.2 Postgraduate Research (PGR) Directors ............................................................................................... 10 2.1.3 PGR Administrators........................................................................................................................................ 11 2.1.4 PGR Student Representatives ..................................................................................................................... 11

    2.2 COMMUNICATION ......................................................................................................................................................... 12 2.2.1 EVision ................................................................................................................................................................. 12 2.2.2 Keele Learning Environment (KLE) ......................................................................................................... 12 2.2.3 Links to forms and documentation .......................................................................................................... 12 2.2.3 Timetabling ....................................................................................................................................................... 13 2.2.4 IT Services .......................................................................................................................................................... 13 2.2.5 On-line profile ................................................................................................................................................... 14

    2.3 KEY RESOURCES ..................................................................................................................................................... 14 2.3.1 Work space ........................................................................................................................................................ 14 2.3.2 Funding ............................................................................................................................................................... 15 2.3.3 Links to University policies and regulations............................................................................................ 15

    2.3.4 Teaching Opportunities ................................................................................................................................. 16

    2.3.5 Equipment Loans .............................................................................................................................................. 16

    3.1 POSTGRADUATE COMMITTEES ....................................................................................................................................... 16

    3.2 PLANNING AND ADMINISTRATION DIRECTORATE ..............................................

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