Postdocs play an important role in helping to supervise students on a day-to-day basis. Post docs are staff who will, normally, have a PhD, and be employed to undertake research. They will also undertake a reasonable amount of teaching as part of their contract and will supervise PhD students. Many students see postdocs as their 'go to person' and as such, they are an extremely valuable support for PhD students. Postdocs who supervise PhD students should be appointed as assistant supervisors and be part of a student's supervisory team.
In order to recognise the valuable contribution that postdocs make to the student supervisor partnership, the College has developed a document covering the Roles and Responsibilities of Assistant Supervisors. Additionally, a Framework for Assistant Supervisor Continuing Professional Development has also been developed. For more information on Assistant Supervisors, please see the Continuing Professional Development section of this website.