Postgraduate research students may, during the course of their research, encounter obstacles that can impede satisfactory progress if they are not resolved in a straightforward manner.

The UCC Policy on Resolution of Difficulties for Postgraduate Research Students (264kB) sets out in detail the procedures that should be followed when difficulties arise. 

In summary, the following steps are recommended:

1. Discuss the issue with your Supervisor(s) and/or PhD Advisor.

2. If a resolution is not reached with your Supervisor(s) or Advisor, your next step should be to approach your Head of Department/School or the Chairperson of your Departmental/School Graduate Studies Committee.

3. If the issue is not resolved at local level, it should escalate to College level by contacting your Postgraduate Student Liaison Officer. In CACSSS this is the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, currently Dr Alan Gibbs. 

4. The UCC Student Advisor and Ombudsman is a university-level resource available to you. 

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