Information for supervisors

SWBio DTP Handbooks


SWBio DTP Expectations


Supporting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

We want to support diverse and inclusive work environments. We therefore welcome individuals regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender, or disability status. We also welcome individuals who have previously studied at any recognised Higher Education Institute and from a range of career paths (please refer to the SWBio DTP academic criteria for eligibility), including individuals who have previously trained in the sciences and are wanting to return to scientific research.

As part of our recruitment process, we expect all our potential supervisors to have completed institutional training in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, unconscious bias and interviewing for PhD candidates.  This will shortly be complemented by our own online DTP training resources (currently in design), which will encompass training for reviewing applications, interviewing and supporting students from all backgrounds as a supervisor.  We also provide a DTP ‘EDI considerations for potential supervisors’ guidance document as part of our recruitment process which all potential supervisors will receive.

Other resources:

We welcome any feedback to help support EDI throughout all aspects of our recruitment process and training programme.  You can do this either by speaking with your local DTP representatives or get in contact with us in the DTP Hub.


Changes to project / main supervisory team

Request for significant changes to project/main supervisory team need to be submitted to and approved by the SWBio DTP Management Group. This is to ensure that the SWBio DTP continues to fund projects that meet the requirements of the DTP and BBSRC. When Management Group approval must be sought (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Change to main supervisory team
    It is normally expected that a change in supervisor will be within the same institution.  If the suggested supervisor is based in another SWBio DTP institution, the transfer/relocation of the studentship may be problematic. You must discuss with your local DTP representative and get agreement from the SWBio DTP Management Group before transferring/relocating the student.  Your local DTP representative will also liaise with the student.  Note: A SWBio DTP studentship belongs to the partnership and as such is an expectation of the BBSRC that students are primarily based at the respective SWBio DTP partner institution for the duration of their PhD.  It is therefore unlikely that the SWBio DTP will agree the transfer of a studentship away from our partnership institutions in the event that a supervisor moves away from our network.
    Complete the Request to Change Supervisor form.
  • Significant change in project direction
    (i) If there has been a change in the subject of the project as classified by Je-S: Animal Systems, Health and Wellbeing / Plants, Microbes, Food and Sustainability / Technologies and Methodological Development / Molecules, Cells and Industrial Biotechnology
    (ii) If there is a risk of the changed project being outside of BBSRC remit
    (iii) If the strategic priority area of the project changes (frontiers of bioscience discovery; integrated understanding of health; sustainable agriculture and food)
    Complete the Request for Significant Change in Project Direction form.

Please complete the relevant form and return to swbio-dtp@bristol.ac.uk, copying in your Institutional Management Group representative. You should expect to receive a response within 2 weeks.