Research students FAQs

As a new research student you’ll most likely have lots of questions. We’ve listed some of the most frequently asked questions below. However if you still have a question or you are unsure about anything please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

What is the Doctoral College?

As a postgraduate student you are automatically a member of the University’s Doctoral College. The Doctoral College fosters intellectual and social links between postgraduate students and seeks to continually improve the postgraduate experience at Loughborough University.

During your time here you will have the opportunity to participate in the varied programme of training and other events organised by the Doctoral College.

How is your learning supported?

As well as the supervisory team in your department, the following resources are available to you:

The Doctoral College: All Postgraduate students, as well as those involved in teaching and supporting Postgraduates, are members of the Doctoral College which is proud of being part of a University with an outstanding reputation for teaching and research -

Library: The Library supports your learning in a number of ways – these range from physical to virtual resources, from individual to group study provision, and from reading list materials and networked PCs to study skills workshops. The Library also has a central campus location, cafe, and extensive opening hours -

Professional Skills Training: We have online courses, useful documents, a whole range of different training opportunities along with many other sources of support and guidance.

What is expected from you?

Ethical matters: The University is fully committed to ensuring that all of its research is undertaken in an entirely ethical and appropriate manner, in accordance with the guidelines and regulations that are put in place by professional associations, research bodies and funders. Further detailed guidance and links for local ethical procedures and requirements can be accessed via the Research Office web site at: or via the Ethical Advisory Committee website which can be found at:  In this context the University expects all its staff and students to be fully compliant with the following good practice guidelines.

Behaviour and discipline The behaviour of the vast majority of students is exemplary – they are responsible and considerate – but, to deal with those who are not, there is also a disciplinary system. Be aware that University rules apply both on campus and in town.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism essentially means copying someone else’s work and seeking to pass it off as your own. This academic offence is taken extremely seriously, but is easy to avoid by learning how to reference properly.

University email account: You will be given an email account with a user name and password for use in connection with your studies. Your email account is one of the primary means through which your Department stays in contact with you, so check your email daily.

How can you get involved?

Student representation: Loughborough University Students’ Union (LUSU) supports a network of student representatives, elected by the students, to represent the views of students on their degree programme and in their Department. Why not get involved in student democracy?

To learn more about what you can do, look at the LSU postgraduates page.

What else should you know?

Student Handbook: The student handbook is the focus for general information about being a student at Loughborough, and includes Semester & Term Dates, Regulations, etc.

University Governance: Information about the University, its structure and the rules and principles behind its founding and operation.

Student Enquiries: All sorts of administrative support (status letters, bank letters, transcripts etc) related to your status as a student.

Student Support Centre: Advice and support on a wide range of issues to all students at Loughborough University

Alumni: When you graduate from Loughborough University, the Alumni Association becomes one of your main points of contact with your University, and a ready means of staying in touch with friends. Indeed, their financial support helped to develop this set of FAQs!