To be eligible to be the sole supervisor of a research student, a supervisor must meet the following criteria:
1. Have own grant income or the ability to cover the project costs
2. Have previously supervised a student to completion successfully (either at Oxford or elsewhere)
3. Have a record of recent publications (i.e. within the last 5 years)
4. Have a contract of employment to the completion of the student’s studies, or work with a co- supervisor whose contract lasts to the completion of the student's studies. This ensures that the student would have a continuity of supervision should one supervisor's contract end.
The DGS will also take into account submission rates when appointing supervisors.
If the primary supervisor does not meet conditions 1-3, a co-supervisor must be appointed who is a senior academic with an Oxford contract and who has supervised a student to completion.
First-time primary supervisors should not take on a second student until the first student has successfully passed transfer of status within the timeframe set out by regulations.
Divisional policy is that no individual may supervise more than six students at any one time. Co-supervision of a student is counted as half, regardless of the total number of supervisors.