For appropriate courses, students should be allocated a dissertation/thesis supervisor. The dissertation supervisor may be the same person as the general supervisor, or another person. Where another person is allocated, they may be appointed in addition to the general supervisor, or they may take over general supervision also. Through a pattern of regular meetings, the dissertation supervisor should endeavour to ensure that the student works on the dissertation/thesis within a planned framework with clearly agreed stages by which the student should have reached various points. The dissertation supervisor should ensure that written work is prepared as appropriate in accordance with the course requirements and structure. Such work should be returned with constructive criticism and in reasonable time.
Dissertation supervisors should ensure that, from time to time, students are told how their work is progressing and should also try to ensure that the student feels properly directed and able to communicate with them. Where a dissertation supervisor is appointed in addition to the general supervisor, a department can also ask the dissertation supervisor to submit a termly report on the student’s progress.
Responsibility for the dissertation/thesis ultimately rests with the student, who should be proactive in seeking support and guidance when necessary.