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					PT2 (March 2007) RESEARCH SCHOOL Part-time External Research Degree Applicant Registration Recommendation Form Please read the guidelines on page 4 of this form. If the discipline wishes to recommend an applicant for admission as a part-time external student, this form should be completed, endorsed by the academic unit and returned to the Research School with the application form, research proposal, references and any other relevant paperwork. 1 Applicant Details Name: …………………………………… Discipline: ………………………………. Personal identifier: ……………………………. Proposed start date: 1 October...………(year)

Title of proposed research topic: …………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. If the answer to any of the questions below is no, supporting information must be given in section 3 overleaf.      2 Are two independent referees’ reports attached? Has the applicant been interviewed? Is the research proposal attached? Does the applicant meet the normal entrance requirements (see page 4)? Is the applicant resident in the UK (or will be when registered)? Yes or No Yes or No Yes or No Yes or No Yes or No

Proposed Supervision Team Internal supervisors: Title: Full name: Discipline : Post held: Extension: Email:
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Title: Full name: Discipline¹: Post held: Extension: Email:

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Staff number: ………………………………….

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Supervision teams for new students should normally comprise at least two internal supervisors.

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Members of regional academic staff should also provide their regional location so that correspondence is sent to the correct address. Page 1 of 4

Please ensure that a completed curriculum vitae form (SCV5) is provided for each of the proposed internal supervisors. This form can be downloaded from http://www.open.ac.uk/research/research-degrees/directly-registered-students/part-time-study.php or an electronic version can be requested by sending an email to research-degreesteam@open.ac.uk quoting document reference SCV5. External supervisor (if applicable): Title: Full name: Post held: Institution: Email: …………………………………. …………………………………. …………………………………. …………………………………. …………………………………. Telephone: Address: ………………………………… ………………………………… ………………………………… ………………………………… …………………………………

Where applicable, please ensure that a completed curriculum vitae form (SCV5) is provided for the external supervisor.

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Further Applicant Information Recommendation in support of applicant (to be completed for all applicants) Please outline how the applicant has demonstrated suitability to undertake postgraduate research and summarise evidence offered in support of the application in terms of qualifications, knowledge and experience in the proposed area of research. Successful applicants are required to have experience of academic research in the previous four years – see the admission guidelines (PT21) for detailed information before completing this section.

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Entrance requirement If the applicant does not fulfil the minimum academic entrance requirement, a case must be provided on a separate sheet by the head of discipline in support of the admission recommendation. This should, whenever possible, include references to publications and other objective evidence of the student’s suitability. UK residence requirement Research students are required to be resident in the UK for the duration of their studies. The Research Degrees Committee may exceptionally waive this requirement for non UK based applicants where it can be demonstrated that adequate arrangements for supervision can be made. (See page 4.) If a waiver of the UK residency requirement is requested, please describe below or on a separate sheet how it is proposed to maintain adequate supervision. 4 Signatures The admission of a new student cannot be approved without the endorsement of the relevant academic unit. In most cases, this endorsement will be provided by the associate dean research or equivalent. Internal supervisor: Internal supervisor Internal supervisor Head of discipline Associate dean research ………………………………………… ………………………………………… ………………………………………… ………………………………………… ………………………………………… Date: ……………………...... Date: ……………………...... Date: ……………………...... Date: ……………………...... Date: ……………………......

If one of the nominated internal supervisors is based in the same academic unit, but in a different discipline from the discipline that the student is to be registered in, the approval of that supervisor’s head of discipline is also required. Similarly, if one of the nominated internal supervisors is based in a different academic unit from the one that the student is to be registered in, the approval of that supervisor’s dean (or equivalent) is required. Head of supervisor’s discipline: Dean of co-supervisor’s academic unit:

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Date: ………………………...

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When the form has been completed in full and signed it should be returned to the Research School. Signature to approve admission on behalf of the Research Degrees Committee:

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Date: ………………………...

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Guidelines for Recommending the Registration of a Part-time External Research Student This is a summary of the Guidelines for Recommending the Registration of a Part-time External Research Student (PT21) and the Research Degree Supervisor Guidelines (S10), which can be downloaded from http://www.open.ac.uk/research/research-degrees/directly-registeredstudents/part-time-study.php or requested by sending an email to research-degreesteam@open.ac.uk. Proposed registration start dates Part-time external research students start on 1 October each year. Retrospective registration is rarely permitted. Entrance requirements The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree, or master’s degree, or equivalent, from a recognised higher education institution in the UK. Other cases are considered on merit and must be supported by a statement from the head of discipline. For non-graduates, evidence (e.g. publications) of substantial research experience is required. The admission guidelines (PT21) provide detailed advice about non-graduate applicants. UK residence Students are required to be resident in the United Kingdom for the duration of their research degree studies. The Research Degrees Committee may exceptionally consider waiving this requirement for non-UK based applicants where it can be demonstrated that adequate arrangements for supervision can be made. The head of discipline should prepare a case which provides details of the anticipated frequency of face to face contact and explains how communication will be maintained between the supervisor(s) and student at other times, e.g. email, fax, telephone, etc. The Committee normally expects students for whom the residence requirement is waived to make regular visits to the UK at their own expense and this is usually only feasible if they have work or family commitments here. All research degree examinations take place in the UK. The Committee is also willing to waive the residence requirement to enable UK based students to undertake periods of fieldwork overseas where this is essential to the research and where it can be demonstrated that adequate and regular supervision can be maintained. Supervisor appointments A completed curriculum vitae form (SCV5) must be provided for each nominated supervisor. An electronic version of this form can be downloaded from http://www.open.ac.uk/research/researchdegrees/directly-registered-students/part-time-study.php or requested by sending an email to research-degrees-team@open.ac.uk quoting document reference SCV5. University policy requires the supervision team for a new student to normally comprise at least two internal supervisors, one of whom must have experience of research degree supervision, including the successful completion of at least one student. The other appointment criteria are a) academic competence in the area of the proposed research, (b) a PhD, (c) research degree examination experience. Internal supervisors should be of lecturer status or above. External supervisors similarly should be of lecturer status in a university or institution of equivalent standing. Detailed advice is provided in the supervisor guidelines (S10), see above. Registration Registration is offered after the admission recommendation has been approved by the Research Degrees Committee. The registration offer and other correspondence is copied to supervisors and the head of discipline. Initial student-supervisor meeting The student and the supervisors should meet as soon as registration has been offered, to agree how the requirements of the Code of Practice for Supervisors and Research Students2 are to be fulfilled. The Research School has budgets to cover travel and subsistence expenses incurred by internal and external supervisors in connection with their duties within the UK. Please refer to the supervisor guidelines (S10).
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The code of practice is in the Research Degrees Student Handbook (see http://www.open.ac.uk/research/research-degrees/directly-registered-students/index.php). Page 4 of 4

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