The fee for staff members (full-time or part-time) undertaking a part-time research degree at the University may be waived for staff who meet certain criteria.
The criteria and procedure below will apply to all new staff registrations for part-time research degrees with effect from 1 October 2003.
2. Criteria for fee waiver
The following criteria must be met to qualify for a fee waiver:
- in cases where a person is both a student and an employee, the primary relationship will be taken into account. (Thus, for example, the primary relationship to the institution of a full-time PhD student with some teaching hours is as a student. Such a person would not qualify for a fee waiver by changing their registration to part-time.)
- The research degree must be relevant to the person's work.
- The member of staff must hold a contract of employment of a minimum of one year in order to qualify for a fee waiver in that year.
- The research should normally be undertaken in the department in which the employee is working.
- In cases where the employee wishes to undertake research in another department, the employing department should pay the fee to the supervising department unless there is agreement between the two departments for a separate arrangement.
3. Procedure for application, registration and billing
- Applications from members of staff to departments for admission as research students should make it clear that fee remission will be sought.
- The Postgraduate Studies Office will check the employment status and length of contract for anyone claiming the reduced staff fee level or a fee waiver with Human Resources when each year's bill is prepared.
- The head of the employing department must provide a written statement to Human Resources and to the Postgraduate Studies Office that the research degree is relevant to their work.