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Guidance for Degree Committees

Student Registry guidance for Degree Committees can be found on the Degree Committee Moodle site at If you require access to the site, please email


Appointing supervisors

Every student on a postgraduate programme of study must have a principal supervisor and adviser allocated to them. The record in CamSIS must be maintained by Degree Committees to accurately reflect each student’s supervisor and adviser. A guide to managing Supervisors on CamSIS can be found here.

Students should only have one active Principal Supervisor at a time and any change to a supervisor must also include inactivation of a previous principal supervisor. Failure to inactivate a supervisor will cause problems for progress reporting through PFRS, supervisor approval of change in student status applications, and registration of students for the PhD following the first year assessment.

Degree Committees are responsible for appointing supervisors. See here for Degree Committee guidance on supervisor and adviser matters. Degree Committees should submit a completed Notification of New Postgraduate Supervisor Details Form to the Student Registry after appointing an individual as a supervisor for the first time. Student Registry will make the necesary set up in CamSIS which will allow the Degree Committee to attach students to the supervisor.


Data and records management and retention

Information about data retention and GDPR is available on the Information Compliance website. 


Setting up programmes