The thesis supervisor has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring the consistency and suitability of training activities, the impact and innovation in the field of the subject of the doctoral thesis, and for guidance in the planning and appropriateness, if applicable, of other projects and activities in which the doctoral candidate is involved.
The Doctorate Academic Committee will appoint for each doctoral candidate a supervisor with proven experience in research who is part of the University’s teaching and research staff.
If the doctoral candidate proposes someone as thesis supervisor who is not on the teaching and research staff of the UIC, he/she must submit a request to the Doctorate Academic Committee including the curriculum of the proposed supervisor and a proposed joint supervisor or tutor from the UIC staff.
The thesis supervisor may submit a request to be withdrawn from supervising a thesis project that he/she has already accepted to the Doctorate Academic Committee explaining the reasons for this request. If accepted, the Academic Committee will decide whether to assign another supervisor to the project or not. The supervisor of the doctoral candidate will notify the Doctorate Academic Committee, which within fifteen days may present objections to the new proposal. Otherwise, it will be regarded as being accepted.
Doctoral theses may be co-supervised by other doctors, up to a maximum of two, when there are very exceptional academic reasons for this, such as interdisciplinary subjects or programmes that are developed within the framework of national or international collaboration, subject to the prior authorisation of the Academic Committee. This authorisation may be revoked at a later date if the Academic Committee judges that this joint supervision does not benefit the progress of the thesis.
The number of theses that can be supervised or co-supervised simultaneously by the same researcher is established by the Schools’ Steering Committee.
Rights of the Supervisor of the Doctoral Thesis
Full integration into the structure and activities of the Doctorate School in accordance with the regulations defined herein for doctoral programmes.
The use of adequate and accessible academic facilities and the availability of adequate material resources for their activity as thesis supervisor or joint supervisor.
Academic recognition of their thesis supervision or joint supervision activities within the statutory framework of Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, and their work on supervising the doctoral thesis will be recognised in accordance with the current legislation on doctoral studies.
Participation in training activities for thesis supervisors offered by the Doctorate School in order to comply with their supervisory responsibilities of doctoral candidates.
All the rights recognised by general legislation, in the regulations of the Government of Catalonia and in the statutes and regulations of the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya.
Duties of the Thesis Supervisor
To sign the commitment document defining the supervisory duties of their doctoral candidates, in the form established by the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya.
To create a positive and constructive relationship with their doctoral candidates in order to engender the conditions necessary for the effective transfer of knowledge and for the smooth future development of their careers as researchers.
To regularly review the personalised activity document of their doctoral candidates.
To endorse and report on the Research Plan of their doctoral candidates on a regular basis.
To ensure that the doctoral candidates are familiar with the strategic objectives that govern their field and the funding mechanisms, and that they apply for all the authorisations necessary before starting their task or accessing the resources provided.
To ensure that the research results of their doctoral candidates are useful and are disseminated and used wisely by means of press releases, transfers to other research contexts, or, where applicable, commercialisation.
To help ensure that the research activities of their doctoral candidates are disseminated to society in general in such a way that they can be understood by non-experts and thus improve their appreciation by the general public.
To ensure that at all times the doctoral candidates follow safe working practices in accordance with national legislation. They should also ensure that their doctoral candidates adopt the necessary measures to comply with the statutory requirements concerning data protection and confidentiality.
To address the needs of doctoral candidates with disabilities in accordance with the guidelines established by the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya.
To sign the undertaking to comply with the Code of Good Practices adopted by the Doctorate School.
To propose to the Academic Committee possible members of the Specific Committee of each doctoral candidate.
To propose to the relevant Academic Committee the names of external reviewers for evaluating the deposited theses.
To propose to the Doctorate School the names of people who might form part of the board for the defence of the thesis.
Responsibilities of the Thesis Supervisor
To help the doctoral candidate with defining the subject of the doctoral research that will eventually culminate in their doctoral thesis.
To help the doctoral candidate to resolve the different aspects related to this research and establish specific details such as the required resources and, if necessary, the experimental design.
To steer the doctoral candidate towards the most appropriate educational activities for their research when deemed necessary for the doctorate.
To inform the doctoral candidate of any regulation or other ethical aspect that might affect their research.
To agree on the supervision plan of the research work and schedule regular meetings.
To read, correct and comment on the thesis manuscript in its successive drafts leading up to the agreed date for its submission.
The authorisation of the director of the Doctorate School as the representative of the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya