RSP - Research Studies Panel
In addition to your supervisor, your School will appoint a Research Studies Panel (RSP) within three months of the date of initial registration. Typically, RSP members are nominated by the School in consultation with the supervisor. It normally comprises of the supervisor(s), two advisors (one of which will act as the panel Chair) and the student. The purpose of the RSP is to support and enhance the supervisor-student relationship, to monitor progress during the course of the doctoral studies, and to provide advice and support both to the student and the supervisor. One of the nominated advisors will have academic expertise relevant to the student’s research work and also have experience in supervising doctoral students.
The RSP should have its first meeting within six months of the student’s initial registration in order to review the student’s Research and Professional Development Plan (RPDP). At least one additional meeting should be held in the first year of the student’s registration. Thereafter, it is recommended that students should have two RSP meetings per academic year. Students should be pro-active in arranging such meetings in conjunction with their supervisor. The student, or another member of the RSP, may convene a meeting of the panel at any stage if it is considered desirable or necessary to address any relevant issue(s) that may arise.
Students should submit a copy of each signed RSP report to the PhD Administrator for central record-keeping and they should also upload themselves on InfoHub.
RPDP - Research and Professional Development Plan
The RPDP consists of three sections. The first highlights guidance on research planning, the second highlights guidance on professional development planning and the third section is the RPDP Form itself. Part 1 of the RPDP form is a record of the student’s activities and Part 2 is the Research Studies Panel (RSP) Meeting Report.
Academic Regulations stipulate that the completed and signed Research and Professional Development Planning Form from your most recent RSP meeting is submitted as one of the required documents to a Transfer Assessment Panel (TAP) where a student seeks to:
- transfer from Stage 1 to Stage 2 of a Doctoral programme, or
- transfer from a Research Master’s Programme to a PhD Programme.
- RPDP Supporting Documentation - Professional Development Self-Assessment Sheet
- RPDP Supporting Documentation - Checklist
- Step-by-Step Guide to Upload Student-Supervisor Meeting Records in Infohub
- RPDP Supporting Documentation - Tips on How to Complete the Document
For full information on the RPDP process see the Graduate Studies page