Section 6.2a - Staff supervision and management of student projects

Guidance on completing Section 6.2a of Form A part 2- Staff supervision and management of student projects.

Why does the IET need this information?

The IET needs to see that appropriate support and guidance is in place for the students throughout the duration of the project.

What format should we present the information in?

Provide a short summary of how the students’ work-plan is managed, including any formal and informal supervision. Provide examples and links to relevant documents and/or further information as appropriate.

Is there anything else we need to be aware of when completing this section?

The IET would expect to see a clear procedure whereby the student would have regular contact with a clearly nominated academic supervisor (in addition to any industrial supervisor). It is expected that the supervisor will provide high level project management, as well as supporting the student through specific hurdles.

The IET would expect to see details of scheduled meetings as well as mechanisms such as interim reports which would indicate that progress is monitored throughout the project.

The IET is cognisant of staff loading, and evidence should be provided to show how overloading is avoided. This aspect may have been covered in section 6.1 – project selection.

Project guidelines handbook should include:

  • contact details of all supporting staff;
  • policy for heath and safety;
  • policy on plagiarism;
  • selection of projects;
  • timescales;
  • format for the project layout;
  • marking scheme details;
  • mechanisms for feedback, complaints and special support.

There should be regular contact between staff and project students:

  • How often do supervisors meet students?
  • What supervision do students receive?
  • What supervision is available for industrial projects?
  • Who supervises the industrial projects?
  • How are students work plans managed?

Staff loads need to enable appropriate support to be given.

Laboratory guidance and supervision should include:

  • Details of Health and Safety modules relating to working in the laboratory;
  • Details of laboratory technicians;
  • Access to the laboratories for project work.

When considering standard and appropriateness, the panel will consider:

  • are the projects are set at an appropriate level;
  • are they relevant to current industrial practice;
  • are the projects research related.
  • is the quality of presentation acceptable (grammar, tense, illustrations, symbols units, references)?