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Monitoring and follow-up of doctoral students

1. Once accepted and enrolled in the doctoral programme, the academic committee will appoint each doctoral student a tutor, who has to be a doctor with accredited researching experience in a maximum period of 15 days.

2. The academic committee responsible of the programme will appoint each doctoral student, in the maximum period of six months since the enrolment, a doctoral thesis supervisor who can be the same or different to the tutor. This supervisor can be any doctor with properly accredited researching experience independent from the university, centre or institute where he/she develops his/her work. This appointment is carried out according to the criteria described in Thesis supervising and co-supervising.

3. After formalising the first year enrolment, doctoral students, the University, the tutor, and if applicable the supervisor should jointly subscribe the doctoral commitment document, related to, among other questions, procedures of conflict solving which can be applied to aspects concerning to copyright or industrial property and in general to the monitoring functions of the research activity of the doctoral student.

4. Once the first enrolment is done, a personalised activities document will be issued for each doctoral student, where all the activities of interest for the development of the doctoral student will be recorded, as well as the development of the thesis, under the purpose of being reviewed by the thesis supervisor and tutor, and being assessed by the appropriate Academic Committee of the doctoral programme.

5. Before the end of the first year the doctoral student will make a research plan supported by the supervisor and the tutor. This plan must include the methodology and goals, the means and the time planning as well as a positive report by the Ethics Committee in Experimental Research of the University of Valencia if applicable. This plan can be improved throughout their stay in the doctoral programme and must be supported by the supervisor and the tutor.

6. Every year, The Academic Committee assesses the research plan and the activities document together with the reports issued by the supervisor and the tutor. The positive evaluation will be a requirement to continue in the programme. In the event of a negative evaluation, which must be reasoned, the doctoral students must be assessed again within six months. In order to do so they must develop a new research plan. If there is a second negative evaluation, the doctoral student will be permanently withdrawn of the programme. Against these resolutions, which do not exhaust the administrative procedures, the applicant may lodge an appeal, which will be determined upon a report from the Postgraduates Studies Committees by the Principal or by his/her delegate.

7. For the enrolment of successive years, a favourable report by the Doctoral Academic Committee of the personal activities document and the research plan is necessary.

8. The Doctoral Academic Committee will authorise the stay and the activities developed in an international higher education institution or in an international research centre. It will also indicate whether such activities are considered appropriate to grant the International Certification for Doctoral degrees. To do this, the doctoral students must submit their applications to the Doctoral Academic Committee of the Programme with the approval of the thesis supervisor and tutor at least fifteen days before the beginning of the stay. Students with the possibility of financial support during the last year who have not gone anywhere will be requested to propose a plan. The document with the mobility plan will be appended to the research plan and an activity document for approval of the Doctoral Academic Committee.

The doctoral student guides and the sample forms can be found at the Doctoral School.