Research Policy and Guidance

Material Transfer Agreement

Material transfer agreement (MTA) is a contract that governs the transfer of tangible research materials between two organisations, when the recipient intends to use it for his or her own research purposes. The MTA defines the rights of the provider and the recipient with respect to the materials and any derivatives.

Principal Investigators are required to send MTA requests to the Legal Department, part of the University Secretary Directorate.


Faye Grundy

Interim Director of Legal and Compliance 

(01902 32)1889

Policy on remote Viva Voce Examinations

The expectation is that a viva voce examination will take place at a University of Wolverhampton Campus with all appointed examiners present in the room with the candidate.

However the Research Awards Sub-Committee may give consideration to conducting viva voce examinations remotely (using technology) in the following exceptional circumstances:

1)      When a member of the examination team has restrictions on travel for instance due to ill health, disability, and weather conditions or other emergency circumstances.

2)      The option of a remote viva should not be made available to a student who does not wish to return to the University for the viva voce examination. However, in circumstances where there may be difficulties such as immigration, health or financial issues, an exceptional request to hold the viva voce remotely may be considered.

This should only be considered in exceptional circumstances and should not be viewed as a routine alternative to a face to face viva, or as a justification for nominating examiners from outside the UK.

Policy on Remote Viva Voce Examinations (Word doc 66k)

Policy on Research Support Fees for Postgraduate Research Students

Research Support Fees (sometimes called Bench Fees) are defined as a fee charged to provide funding to cover research-related items/activities which are essential in order to carry out the research. Research Support fees are an annual charge which will apply in addition to the tuition fee in each year of the programme, except the writing up year.

Policy on Research Support Fees for Postgraduate Research Students (Word doc 25k)

Policy for Use of Human Tissues for Research

The purpose of this document is to detail the University Policy for Use of Human Tissue in Research in line with the requirements of the Human Tissue Authority (HTA). The aim of this Policy will be to ensure University compliance with the Human Tissue Act 2004 and ethical considerations in relation to research using human tissue. This Policy is an integral part of the University research governance arrangements. 

Policy for Use of Human Tissue for Research

Other Research Related Policies


Publications Policy (PDF 232K, Downloads file)

Statement on Copyright (PDF 132K, Downloads file)