Many postgraduate students study part-time, either by choice, fitting it in around work and domestic demands, or by default, when their period of full-time study runs out, and/or their lives change and their patterns of research and work change. Many part-time students undertake research which develops from and feeds directly into their own professional practice. Increasingly, both undergraduates and postgraduates are seeking to study at a distance. Good practice in working with all research students is the firm foundation for good practice working with students at a distance, part-time, and from culturally diverse backgrounds, where each of these variations can present specific issues. Managing expectations, setting up clear, negotiated communication and supervisor-student interactions, and finding out about each other’s learning behaviours and approaches, then establishing and maintaining a professional personal relationship, over time, should support students in producing their best work and make the supervisor role stimulating, manageable and rewarding. All postgraduates need good access to study facilities, and a negotiated way of interacting over time with their supervisor. Postgraduates who study part-time probably need more time management skills and clear access, since their time is limited and they tend to have to balance and segment their lives; they pick up their research work and researcher identities, and then pack them away again.
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