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Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology

Although such cases are mercifully rare, serious tensions occasionally develop between postgraduates and their supervisors/promoters.

Conflict of whatever nature is best handled diplomatically as the relationship with your supervisor is an important one.

Identify the core of the problem without involving any ego or emotions.

If you are experiencing such problems, it is often worth mentioning them to your supervisor/promoter in the first instance; it might well be that he or she is unaware of the problem, and is quite willing to cooperate fully in sorting it out.

Should any dispute arise between the supervisor/promoter and student about supervision or any related academic matter that cannot be resolved within the academic unit concerned, students should submit their complaints in writing to the Faculty Research Technology and Innovation (RTI) Chairperson who will forward it to the appropriate Faculty Management Committee.

Changing your supervisor/promoter should be your last resort as this is a serious step and should not be taken lightly.