Protocol for Second Advisers for PhD students
Laboratory research students have a single official supervisor, named to the Board of Graduate Studies, who is primarily responsible for all aspects of the student's research.
The Second Adviser's role is internal to the Laboratory, and is not intended to be highly formalised or onerous. The function of the Second Adviser is to take an interest in and provide additional support for a student through, for example, literature suggestions, informal technical discussion, pointers to resources etc, as appropriate, with a formal commitment to an interview once a term. A student may have more than one Second Adviser.
The Second Adviser would normally be the person appointed by the supervisor to assess and discuss the student's first year report etc. The Second Adviser is also usually the person appointed to assess and discuss the student's second-year report and thesis schedule. Because of the conflict of interests, the Second Adviser may not be appointed PhD Examiner.
The Second Adviser is not required to submit any formal reports. However if they see serious cause for concern in the student's situation, they should contact the Secretary of the Degree Committee.
It is for the supervisor to invite a person to act as Second Adviser, and it may be useful to change advisor if the student's work alters direction. The supervisor should give the Second Adviser's name to the Secretary of the Degree Committee.
A list of current research students, their supervisors and Second Advisers may be found here
Secretary of the Degree Committee