SECReT DTC students: a brief explanation

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					PhD proposal form: In order to progress to Year 2, you must complete this form,
collect the required signatures, and submit it to our Administrator by the 27th Sept
COB. For this, you will need to convince two academics from different disciplines to
supervise you and give you a desk in one of their departments. Once registered,
although the definition of your thesis problem may alter, you may not change the
area of your research, nor your supervisors, without the consent of the Director.

Student name:

Funding source: ESRC, EPSRC, self-funded, etc

Host department: Indicate which department has agreed to offer you a desk.

Provisional project title:

Description of the research: ½ page
Your description should clearly show:
    Your research question and the method used to answer it
    How your topic relates to a security problem.
    Why it would not be possible to carry out this research in one department only
    Its potential social or economic impact




EPSRC remit:
If funded by EPSRC, demonstrate how it is related to EPSRC’s mission.

Extra resources:
List all project requirements that are not met by UCL SECReT (e.g. access to lab,
consumables, equipment), and indicate how these will be met.

Signatures
Prof Nick Tilley’s signature:                           Student’s signature:


__________________________                              ______________________________


The information on this page will be publically available and submitted to EPSRC.
Student name

Supervisor:
Contribution: 50%
Name:
Position:
Department:
Research Area:
Email address: @ucl.ac.uk
Contact number: x


I have read the terms and conditions set by the Security Science doctoral training centre, and
agree to supervise [replace by student name]’s MPhil/PhD project. I confirm that I am
allowed by my department to supervise this PhD student.

Supervisor’s signature:



_______________________________



Departmental postgraduate tutor OR Head of department’s signature:




_____________________________
Student name

Supervisor:
Contribution: 50%
Name:
Position:
Department:
Research Area:
Email address: @ucl.ac.uk
Contact number: x


I have read the terms and conditions set by the Security Science doctoral training centre, and
agree to supervise [replace by student name]’s MPhil/PhD project. I confirm that I am
allowed by my department to supervise this PhD student.

Supervisor’s signature:



_______________________________



Departmental postgraduate tutor OR Head of department’s signature:




_____________________________
Supervisor 3
(Fill in this page if none of the above academics have supervised to completion. Reduce the
contribution of the other supervisors to 45%.)
Contribution: 10%
Name:
Position:
Department:
Research Area:
Email address: @ucl.ac.uk
Contact number: x


I formally agree to supervise the PhD project of [ADD student name]. I agree with the terms
and conditions set by the Security Science doctoral training centre.

Supervisor’s signature:



_______________________________
SECReT DTC students: a brief explanation

The student handbook is online at www.ucl.ac.uk/secret/current_students/student-intranet

Registration
The student will be registered as MPhil student at the Department of Security and Crime Science until
they are allowed to upgrade to PhD student status, as per UCL regulations.

Supervisors
All students have two supervisors and it is actively encouraged that these supervisors reside in different
departments (although this is not necessarily always the case). If neither of the supervisors identified
has previously supervised a PhD student to completion, a third supervisor will be required (who has
supervised a PhD student to completion).

Fees
Part of the fees stay with the department managing the programme and the rest is split between those
contributing to the taught courses and the supervision of research. The part of the fees associated with
the supervision is divided and distributed to the departments of the supervisors by means of the student
load exercise (see student load information below for full details).

Logistics
The student will have a desk in the department of the project supervisor. Both supervisors will be
responsible for facilitating the integration of the student into their departments. It is expected that
students receive the same treatment as other postgraduate students in the supervisors’ department.

Computer equipment
It is the responsibility of the supervising department to provide a computer for the student.

Project costs
UCL SECReT is able to provide the following funding for fully-funded EPSRC students (ie those
awarded our scholarships) on the SECReT programme:

      Research-related / industry secondment costs of up to £1000 per annum
      Conference attendance (conference registration+travel+accommodation, etc) of £2000 per
       annum
      Travel costs (project-related) of up to £500 per annum
      Consumables of up to £500 per annum
      Costs to attend a London Business School elective (subject to UCLs continuing agreement with
       LBS) or other business/leadership course at UCL/approved by your supervisor and/or SECReT
       management. Budget for this is approx £500 per annum, but the budget for the three PhD years
       can be taken together to take a more expensive course.

Course
The students are required to take TWO assessed modules in the second year including an optional one;
ONE optional module in the third year; and ONE optional module in the fourth year. Students should
inform you of the timetables of these modules.
Cohort activities
The students are required to take part in SECReT’s cohort activities (seminars, poster days, organise
events, and industry day), and act as ambassador of the DTC in their host departments, throughout
their PhD. Additionally, year 2 students will be asked to mentor year 1 students. This will inevitably
involve time away from the department and to ensure supervisors know where their students should be,
an Outlook calendar has been created to keep track of the SECReT DTC events [further details will
follow].

Graduate School
The students are required to comply with the requirements of UCL’s Graduate School and to attend the
Graduate School events, where appropriate.

Funding
The students funded through research council scholarships must also meet the requirements of their
funding bodies.

Internship
The students and their supervisors are expected to identify a partner from an external organisation (in
academia, industry or public sector) who will contribute to their project. Students are expected to spend
between three months and 12 months working on their project at an external organisation. The details
of the internship must be discussed with the DTC Director.

EPSRC good practice guide:
“It is expected that supervisors oversee the overall development of the student and provide advice and
support regarding the individual project on which the student is working. They should together with the
student, identify the competencies that the student should gain and give advice on courses that would
help them to develop these competencies.

“The supervisors should maintain regular contact with each other and with the student. In addition they,
the student, and any other appropriate staff working on the project should be involved in regular
meetings.

“The supervisors must ensure that the academic and intellectual standard of the project work meets the
requirements of the degree. They should ensure that the student has a wide awareness of the subject
area and there is sufficient depth of understanding and analysis within the student project reports.”


ALLOCATING STUDENT LOAD

Registration
For the duration of their time at UCL, SECReT students are registered with the Department of Security
and Crime Science (SECUR_ENG). The SECReT DTC sits within this department and organises a
number of seminar and conference programmes that members of each cohort must attend. A portion of
the load is therefore allocated to SECUR_ENG to cover all central costs.

Optional modules
All students must take two optional modules in the second year of the four-year programme (equivalent
to the first year of a three-year PhD); and one optional module in the third and fourth year of the four-
year programme (equivalent to the second and third years of a three-year PhD). A portion of the load is
therefore allocated to the teaching department of those modules.
Supervisors
All students must have two supervisors from two different disciplines. The remaining load is split
equally between the supervising departments.

If neither of the supervisors has previously supervised a PhD student to completion, a third supervisor
will be required (who has supervised a PhD student to completion) and they will be allocated 9% of the
total load. This equates to approximately 13% of the supervisory load.

Consequently, the student load breaks down as follows:

Two supervisors
Programme year       Central activities   Optional   Optional   Supervisor 1   Supervisor 2
                     (SECUR_ENG)          module 1   module 2
     Year 2                 15%              8%         8%          34.5%          34.5%
     Year 3                 15%              8%         N/A         38.5%          38.5%
     Year 4                 15%              8%         N/A         38.5%          38.5%

Three supervisors
Programme year       Central activities   Optional   Optional   Supervisor 1   Supervisor 2   Supervisor 3
                     (SECUR_ENG)          module 1   module 2
     Year 2                 15%              8%         8%           30%            30%              9%
     Year 3                 15%              8%         N/A          34%            34%              9%
     Year 4                 15%              8%         N/A          34%            34%              9%



Any queries please contact the SECReT DTC administrator:

Kati Carter
k.carter@ucl.ac.uk

				
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