Close personal relationships with students

This policy explains what a member of staff should do if they become involved in a close personal relationship with a student including a research student.

The policy on close personal relationships with students, found on the HR website, explains who a member of staff should speak to under these circumstances. 

Specifically, in the case of research students:

• no research student will be accepted for study under the supervision of a member of staff with whom a close personal relationship exists;

• in a case where a close personal relationship develops between a research student and their supervisor(s) after the commencement of study, the member of staff is required to declare it to their Head of School, who is asked to make alternative supervision arrangements after consultation with the Chair of the Graduate Board. 

Failure to keep the Head of School informed will be regarded as a disciplinary matter. In a case where the Head of School is the supervisor, they are required to declare the relationship to the Chair of the Graduate Board who will make alternative supervision arrangements.