Applicants who wish to pursue their candidature predominantly away from the University will be asked to provide a statement with their application that addresses the following:
- the resources and facilities available at the location to support their research program (eg, library facilities, computing)
- a schedule of contact indicating the frequency and medium of communication between the student and their supervisors
- a program of visits to the University (including frequency and duration), for "face-to-face" interaction with their University supervisors
- details of a qualified person at the location who has agreed to act as a local associate supervisor.
An application for "remote" candidature may be approved provided that
- the program of research has a substantial relationship to the academic goals and activities of the host element
- the work cannot be pursued effectively using University facilities together with short-term absences
- the applicant has access to necessary facilities eg, laboratory space, library
- adequate supervision is maintained, including where appropriate, the provision of local supervision
- the applicant can maintain a substantial association with the University, which normally will imply continuing contact with the principal University supervisor while the student is working in another location, and a period/periods spent in residential circumstances, typically an aggregated period of twelve months over the candidature
- the applicant is aware that failure to maintain adequate contact with the principal supervisor will not constitute grounds for special consideration or appeal in matters affecting candidature.
In such cases, the following conditions normally will be included in the offer of candidature
- appointment of a qualified local associate supervisor
- a minimum period the candidate will be required to spend on campus
- more frequent reporting requirements than are required by the relevant policy
- a schedule detailing residential and reporting arrangements.