The DSP consists of:
- A main supervisor
- A co-supervisor from the participant hosting secondments.
- An expert who can influence the direction of research.
- An academic as chairperson.
The ESR will report to the DSP on her/his progress every 6 months. The DSP will work mainly by telephone/video conference/ networking platform, although face-to-face meetings will be possible in training weeks and workshops.
The purpose of the DSP is to support and advise both the candidate and the main supervisor throughout the doctoral programme by monitoring the progress of the candidate and providing advice and support on research and training.
The main supervisor will consult with the DSP for major decisions. The DSP also plays a major role in the rare cases where the relationship between candidate and main supervisor breaks down.