LearningAgreement

Learning Agreement

One of the first activities a postgraduate research student will be asked to undertake following registration and induction onto their research degree is the completion of a Learning Agreement.   In completing this document on ePortfolio a student provides confirmation that they have received, understood and accepted the expectations of their research programme.

Timeline

The Learning Agreement is usually discussed during a student’s first meeting with their supervisor.

  • Students who are registered on PhD, MD or MPhil programmes must complete the Learning Agreement on ePortfolio within one month of registering on their programme;
  • Students who are registered on Integrated PhD or professional doctorate degree programmes, (such as the DAppEdPsy or EdD), must complete the Learning Agreement on ePortfolio within one month of transferring to the research stage of their programme.

Contents

The Learning Agreement asks students and supervisors to discuss the following:

  • Supervisory and Working Arrangements;
  • Project Planning and Milestone Setting;
  • Intellectual Property;
  • Training and Personal Development;
  • Progression and Monitoring;
  • Submission and Completion;
  • Collaborating and Sponsoring Organisations.

Confidentiality Agreement

Confidentiality Agreement (PDF 159)

Depending on the nature of the research to be undertaken, it may also be necessary for the student to sign a Confidentiality Agreement and upload this on to ePortfolio when completing their Learning Agreement (please note that Confidentiality Agreements are complusory for FMS students). 

Form Completion

The Learning Agreement must be completed in ePortfolio https://portfolio.ncl.ac.uk/ in acordance with the timeline specified above.

Example of the Learning Agreement form (text version only)

The student and supervisor should review and discuss the Learning Agreement during one of their first meetings.  In completing the Learning Agreement the student and supervisor (on behalf of the University) are confirming that the student has received, understood and accepted the expectations of their research programme.

Following completion of the Learning Agreement on ePortfolio, the student’s official University record will be updated by RSST or MSGS to show this has been done.