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1 TABLE OF CONTENTS Please note that Parts (denoted by bold headers) are individually paginated. Welcome Table of Contents 00a 00b Introduction to the Research Degrees Handbook Companion Documents 1 Structure of the Handbook 2 The History and Context of Doctoral Education 01 History of the Doctorate 1 The Current National Context 2 The Quality Assurance Agency 3 Research Councils UK 4 The Higher Education Funding Council for England 5 Vitae 6 The UK Council for Graduate Education 7 The Bologna Process and the European Context 7 The Current Institutional Context 8 Anglia Ruskin University s Strategic Plans for Research 8 Research Students 9 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) Institutional Research Policy and Management 11 Committee Structures 11 Management and Administration of Research at Faculty Level 12 Administrative Support for Research 12 The Journey: Routes to the Research Degree 02 Defining the Research Degree 1 The Doctorate 2 The Master s Degree 3 Higher Degrees by Research 4 The traditional MPhil/PhD 5 Research Degrees involving Creative Work 5 Doctor of Philosophy or Medicine by Published Work 7 Professional Awards 8 Our Range of Professional Doctorate Programmes 8 00c PAGE 1

2 Requirements for the award of a Professional Doctorate / Master s Degree / Postgraduate Diploma 10 The Structure of our Research Degrees 10 The MPhil/PhD and MD (Res) From Registration to Preparation of Thesis 11 The DProf/MProf/PG Dip Prof From Registration to Preparation of Thesis 12 Preparation and Submission of the Thesis 15 Typical Timescales for the Completion of Doctorates 15 Research Supervision 03 The Supervisory Team 1 The Role of Research Degree Candidates in their Supervision 2 The Responsibilities of Supervisors 3 Supervision for Candidates Located Overseas 4 Supervisors Timetable Allowance 4 Support and Development Opportunities for Supervisors 5 Best Practice in Research Degree Supervision 6 Some Characteristics of Good Research Supervisions 6 Cohort and Group Tutorials 7 Advising Research Degree Candidates on Skills Training and Development 7 Supporting Thesis Preparation 8 Student Counselling 9 The Life Cycle: Stages, Processes and Requirements from Initial Enquiry to Graduation 04 Enquiry and Admission 1 Registration and Payment of Fees 2 Obtaining your Student Identification Card 3 International Research Candidates and the new UK Immigration Regulations 3 Responsibilities of Research Degree Candidates 5 ProgressPlatform 6 University Management of Research Degrees 6 Preparation and Approval of the Research Proposal 6 Review Meetings 8 Intermission of Studies 9 Progression/Confirmation of Candidature for PhD/DProf 10 The Writing Up Stage 10 Submission and Examination 11 Identifying and Approving Examiners 11 PAGE 2

3 Submitting the Thesis 11 Preparing for the Viva 12 The Viva Voce Examination 12 Possible Outcomes 13 Approval, Conferment and Graduation 14 Complaints Procedure 15 The Thesis 05 What makes an excellent thesis? 1 A Good Thesis 3 What Examiners are looking for in the Thesis 3 Positive Features 4 Negative Features 5 Original Research 6 Research Worthy of Publication 7 Technical Specifications of the Thesis 8 The Abstract 8 Training and Development 06 Research Skills Training 1 The Development of Skills Training for Researchers 1 The Researcher Development Framework 1 Identification of Training and Development Needs 2 Research Skills Training Provision 2 Compulsory Skills Training 2 Additional Research Skills Training 3 Epigeum Online Skills Training 3 Research Students attending a taught module to support their research 3 Research Supervisor Development 4 Training provided by HR Services 4 Faculty Training 4 Understanding Research Programme 4 Other Development Opportunities 4 Annual Research Student Conference 5 Vitae 5 Career Development 6 Leadership Development of Principal Investigators 6 PAGE 3

4 Protecting Yourself and Your Research 07 Integrity in Research 1 Concordat to Support Research Integrity 1 Research Conduct and Misconduct 2 Referencing and Plagiarism 3 Research ethics and governance 4 Research Ethical Approval 4 How to apply for ethical approval 5 Why does research need ethical approval? 5 Ethical committee structure 5 Research Proposal Ethics Checklist 5 Ethical approval procedure 6 Research involving Human Tissue 6 Research involving adults unable to consent 7 Following ethical approval 7 Research Ethics Training 7 RDCS ethics training 7 Queries regarding ethics training 7 Health and Safety Requirements 7 Using Display Screen Equipment 8 Manual Handling 8 Accident Reporting 8 Fire Emergency Procedures 8 Children and Young Persons on the Premises 9 Management of Intellectual Property Rights 9 Anglia Ruskin University and National Facilities, Services and Support 08 Our Research Facilities and Support 1 Working Environment 1 The Library 1 Inter-Library Loan 2 Access to other libraries 2 ARRO (Anglia Ruskin Research On-Line) 2 IT Services 3 IT Help and Support 3 Research Student Mailbase 3 Specialist Statistical Software 4 Digital Copy Services 4 PAGE 4

5 Our Support and Advisory Services 4 International Student Advice Service 4 English Language Support for International Candidates 4 Equality and Diversity 5 Supporting Students with Disabilities 5 Anglia Ruskin Transcription Centre 6 Healthcare, First Aid and Emergency Medical Treatment 6 Counselling and Wellbeing Service 6 Chaplaincy 7 Accommodation 7 Student Money Advice Service 7 Employment and Careers 7 Other Facilities available to our Staff and Students 8 Catering 8 Childcare 8 Students Union 9 GradSoc 9 Sports Facilities 9 Mumford Theatre 9 Volunteering Service 9 Development and Alumni Network 10 National Services and Support 10 National Postgraduate Committee 10 National Union of Students 10 Prospects 10 Postgraduate Toolbox 11 Postgraduate Studentships 11 Further Reading: Helpful Texts for Research Degree Candidates and their Supervisors 09 Planning and Managing a Research Degree 1 Research Design and Methodology 2 Writing your Thesis / Academic Writing 4 Research Supervision 5 Research Careers and Leadership 6 Teaching 7 The Viva Voce and Examination 7 Miscellaneous 8 RDCS 6 August 2014 PAGE 5

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