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Supervision: Academic Judgment - PI091517

University of Bath

A student who had withdrawn from a programme at the University of Bath complained that his lead supervisor did not have the necessary expertise to supervise his work.

In considering the complaint we noted that the student had not raised any concerns about his supervision, or requested a change of supervisor, before he withdrew from the course. It would have been open to him to seek advice from the University while he was still a student.

Under the Rules of our Scheme we can't consider a complaint to the extent that it relates to a matter of academic judgment. A person without relevant academic expertise is unable to make a meaningful assessment of the quality of the academic support received during the PhD.

We decided that the University’s decision not to uphold the student’s complaint was reasonable in the circumstances of the case.

The complaint was found Not Justified.