Part 2 allocation proceeds via the following steps:
During Michaelmas term and weeks 1-6 of Hilary term, students meet with and talk to potential supervisors. During these meetings, students and supervisors discuss possible projects, interests and qualifications which it might be useful for students to possess, and the kind of research group in which Part II students can work. Individual departments may also hold Open Days.
2. Non-chemistry Faculty applications
If you want to work with a supervisor who is not on the chemistry faculty "eligible" list (who is on that list?) you must submit a project outline and the name of a co-supervisor to Nina Jupp in the Faculty office, by the end of week 3, Hilary term. The project will be assessed by the chairman of the Chemistry Academic Board, who must approve both project and co-supervisor before work can start. The preparation of the project outline is the responsibility of the potential supervisor, but it is in your own interest, as a student, to make sure that the supervisor is aware of, and meets, this deadline.
3. "Eligible" chemistry supervisor applications
All students must inform Nina Jupp (ICL) of their choice of supervisor(s) before 4.00 p.m. on Friday of week 6, Hilary term. You can do this by leaving your Part II application form in Nina Jupp's (Faculty Office) pigeon hole in the ICL, or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For security reasons e-mail will only be accepted from your own named account; an application from an account which is not in your name will be ignored. Applications sent via e-mail or hard copy will be acknowledged.
4. Dissemination of information among staff
On Monday, week 7 Hilary term, members of academic staff whose names have appeared on student forms are sent this information by e-mail. Thus, each staff member knows the names of those students who have applied to him or her, and also the names of other potential supervisors listed by the student.
5. Notification of acceptances
Students will be informed of the outcome in week 8 of HT 2017.
6. Lower-choice supervisors
A student who cannot be taken by their first choice will be passed to the next supervisor in the list. If the student reaches and is passed over by their final choice, that final choice will inform Nina Jupp.
7. Further choices
You may find that none of your choices can offer you a place. If this happens, you will need to approach further potential supervisors directly. No additional application form need be completed. At this stage, Nina Jupp often has some information on those groups in which places are still available, and you are welcome to discuss matters with her (ICL, room CG6) or email her email@example.com. Keep an eye on 'Research Groups Fully Subscribed' web page which will inform you about the groups that are full. When a supervisor has been found, the supervisor should write to Nina Jupp confirming that the student has been placed.