This page outlines information that the supervisors of thesis authors may wish to know regarding ORA and thesis submission.
Guidance is available for supervisors and doctoral students on the Oxford Centre for Teaching and Learning. IT Services also provides training in using MS Word for long documents such as theses.
Suggested CHECKLIST for supervisors:
These guidelines are designed to help faculty boards make decisions when presented with requests for ‘Dispensation from Consultation’ by students so that as few theses as possible are designated restricted access. The aim is to assist the boards to strike a balance between the widest possible dissemination of Oxford research with reasonable limitations on access where absolutely necessary.
Students may request to make their thesis available immediately at deposit (indicated in the deposit forms) or at any point during any embargo period placed on the full text.
Currently depositors have a choice of selecting immediate release for your thesis via ORA, or a choice of a 1 year or 3 year embargo period (starting from the date you were granted leave to supplicate). If the student is in receipt of funding from a sponsor such as the Research Councils UK* (RCUK), the length of the embargo to be applied may be determined by the terms of your funding grant (i.e. for RCUK funded students this is 1 year).
Note: this policy does not apply to hard copies – hard copies will be made available unless restricted using form GSO.3c
Some points to consider when assessing or applying for dispensation is summarised in the attached table.