Below is some information about how you as a supervisor will be involved as part of your student’s PIPS placement.

Job description

  • Students are required to complete a job description (please refer ‘before you go on placement‘ section) for their potential PIPS placement.  This needs to be approved by the main supervisor and PIPS supervisor, before being formally approved by the PIPS Management Team Representative based at the student’s registered university.
  • Following this, a legal agreement will be issued by the student’s registered university.  Depending on the university, as a supervisor you may also be required to sign this legal agreement.


  • Each student will remain registered as a student throughout their placement, therefore, it is expected that you both remain in contact throughout the placement.
  • The SWBio DTP PIPS Team (based at Bath) will also be in monthly contact with the student, to see how they are getting on and to remind them of some important tasks that need to be completed, for example, the supervisor visit and feedback forms for both the DTP and BBSRC.

Supervisor visit

  • During the placement, a visit with your student is expected (an ideal time would be half-way through). This is an informal visit with the primary aim of monitoring your student’s progress and welfare. Your student will be responsible for arranging the visit with their PIPS organisation.
  • A visit report form will need to be completed – there are some sections you may need to complete ahead of the visit.  Please return your completed form within 2 weeks of the visit to the PIPS team:
  • If the placement is not geographically close, this meeting can take place via Skype (preferred) or telephone. If you as the main supervisor are unable to attend the visit then it is the responsibility of the second supervisor or the local PIPS Management Team Representative.

Please contact Dawn Hallett (SWBio DTP PIPS Officer) for further information or any questions about supporting a PIPS student: