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Supervising Undergraduate Research Projects

Postgraduate students may be asked to assist with day-to-day supervising of final-year undergraduate research projects, overseen by a University Teaching Officer principal supervisor who is responsible for the project.  Each project may involve a single undergraduate student, or there may be multiple undergraduates working together on the same project.  Projects typically take place throughout Michaelmas and Lent terms.

It has been agreed that project supervisors can claim payment from each undergraduate student’s college for project supervisions, amounting to a total of up to 8 hours per term for each undergraduate.  The project supervisory team (postgraduate student and UTO) should discuss between them how many hours each will claim for, up to a total of 8 hours per term for each undergraduate.

To claim, project supervisors need an account on the CamCORS supervision reporting system. This is the same system as is used for providing termly reports on undergraduate supervisions, except in this instance the paper selected should be “Research Dissertation” for PBS students or “Submission of a report of a research project” for NST students.

If you do not already have a CamCORS account, one can be obtained by asking a UTO or Director of Studies to email requesting that your CRSid is registered on the system.

Some colleges may be reluctant to endorse 8 hours of supervision per term for undergraduate projects, but can be referred to the Part II Psychology section of the Supervision Norms document on the Senior Tutors Committee website.