Appendix 1: Statements of Expectations

UKRI – Statement of Expectations for Postgraduate Training (Extract)

Full text available here.

The ambitions of the Research Councils’ and the other funders who endorse this ‘Statement of Expectations for Postgraduate Training’ are to continue to develop highly skilled researchers to achieve impact across the whole economy, as well as developing the next generation of researchers to maintain national capability. PhD training is supported through a number of mechanisms; however, the principles set out below apply to all students irrespective of mechanism.

Expectations of the Students

  • Students should be actively involved in managing and directing their research project and training, taking advice from their supervisor.
    • Students will be expected to develop the higher-level capabilities as outlined in the Researcher Development Statement.
    • Where students get the opportunity to work in a non-academic environment, they should maximise the opportunity by seeking to understand the role of research within the organisation and the wider context.
    • Students are expected to participate in training and networking opportunities provided by the funding body.
    • Students should complete all information/reporting requests from the funding provider and ensure contact details are maintained

(Revised September 2016)

Further information about the Statement and the associated Researcher Development Framework (including a self-assessment and planning tool for students) is available at the Vitae website. Information and advice on researchers’ professional and career development can be found on the Vitae website.

GW4 BioMed MRC Doctoral Training Partnership’s Expectations of Students

The MRC-funded GW4 BioMed MRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) studentship you have been offered is part of a programme that trains postgraduate students in world-class biomedical science across the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.

By accepting your offer of a GW4 BioMed MRC DTP studentship, you have agreed to abide by:

  • the programme requirements as described in this Handbook
  • the terms and conditions of the funder (MRC)
  • the UKRI Terms and Conditions of training grants and training grant guide
  • by the regulations and code of practice of your home institution for the duration of your doctoral studies and accept the jurisdiction of the Senate:
  • and
  • submit your thesis within 4 years of starting the programme
  • attend mandatory DTP cohort activities when expected and to alert the DTP Administrative Hub ( as soon as possible if you are unable to attend
  • monitor your studentship budgets in liaison with your supervisor.

Please note, research across the GW4BioMed MRC DTP is diverse and addresses biomedical issues at a wide range of levels. You are always expected to respect the differing research approaches and techniques used by colleagues and to behave in a considerate and professional manner in your dealings with one another. Healthy debate of research approaches and outcomes is a normal part of research and is welcomed. However, such discussions should always be conducted with respect for colleagues, acknowledging the validity of the diversity of views and approaches that can be expected in a broad programme of this type.