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Corporate Ethical Policy

Our business motive here at The PhD Bureau is to nurture strong, collaborative and perhaps even impassioned relationships between our PhD students and our academic consultants who mentor these students through difficult phases in their PhD studies.
In a first of its kind and as part of ongoing initiatives to make these relationships as strong as possible, The PhD Bureau has recently launched our new Corporate Ethical Policy.
This policy, which is issued to all of our clients, academic consultants and office staff, is designed to regulate the way in which our services can best be used to improve a student’s experience of their PhD studies.

As an ethically minded company, and in the absence of an external regulatory body, The PhD Bureau has sought, both in the materials it publishes publically through its website and social media and also within its internal staff documentation, to self-regulate our services by making them subject to our own ethical scrutiny and intra-company regulation.

The present policy outlines the company’s ethical position with respect to our services and to the ways in which they may legitimately be used.

Like many products – for example, alcohol, pharmaceuticals, food supplements, legal and banking services – there is a wholesome proper and an injurious improper use to which they may be put.

The proper use of our services is where they are treated by PhD students as supplementary pedagogical aids, serving as illustrative models or examples, under the light of which those students will better understand key aspects of their PhD application, research and writing.

Thus these aids constitute additional help for students who cannot always obtain from their busy university supervisors as much time, advice and support as they require to succeed in their work.

The improper use of such services would be where a student, eschewing the collaborative pedagogical approach which is intended for the services, decided either in part of in whole to pass off work provided by one of our academics as their own.

In the first instance, the mutually fruitful nature of the supervisor-student relationship, as it has always existed in the university setting, has simply been transposed to a private setting where it can be further nourished to the benefit of all parties. In the second instance, this relationship has been grievously abused.

By several self-regulated measures, The PhD Bureau seeks to ensure that our services are used in the first and not the second manner.

Firstly, our website, both in its Terms & Conditions and in this Corporate Ethical Policy, makes explicit what are services are for, how they should be used and how they should not be used.

Secondly, we seek to arrange as much face-to-face and Skype contact between clients and academics as possible, thus ensuring the best conditions for a genuine exchange of knowledge.

Thirdly, all of our written examples are stamped with legal disclaimers which advise clients again of how this material ought to be used.

Fourthly, all consultancy staff are, both during their inductions and ongoing evaluations, trained to diligently adhere to the present policy.

To substantiate this policy, we have set out below, with respect to each of our main services, the ways in which they may and may not be used.

Application Materials
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Rationale

Every day we are approached by prospective PhD students from around the world, almost all of whom would like to study for a PhD but who are in need of help in deciding which universities, faculties and supervisors to apply to. Moreover, these clients are almost always uncertain about the particular procedures and expectations of the UK or US universities. We are able to advise, collect information and application materials across the different subject areas and put the client in contact with experts to aid with the application process when they have made a choice.

This is a common and understandable situation to be in when looking at the complexities of the university system, which can seem intimidating to those entering it from outside, both in terms of which faculties to apply to and the research ranking of the institution. We provide guidance and aid in every aspect of this process from university choice, supervisor contact to proposals.

Proper Use

We regard the provision of advice regarding the best choice of universities, faculties, and supervisors for an individual student as a legitimate educational aid, and one that seeks to provide the best match between institution and student possible.

Improper Use

We do not write or personally complete application forms for clients with any fraudulent information. We advise on the proper format but never provide the certification of documents.

Proposals
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Rationale

Every day we are approached by prospective PhD students from around the world, almost all of whom would like to study for a PhD but who are in need of help in deciding which universities, faculties and supervisors to apply to. Moreover, these clients are almost always uncertain about the particular procedures and expectations of the UK or US universities. We are able to advise, collect information and application materials across the different subject areas and put the client in contact with experts to aid with the application process when they have made a choice.

This is a common and understandable situation to be in when looking at the complexities of the university system, which can seem intimidating to those entering it from outside, both in terms of which faculties to apply to and the research ranking of the institution. We provide guidance and aid in every aspect of this process from university choice, supervisor contact to proposals.

Proper Use

We regard the provision of advice regarding the best choice of universities, faculties, and supervisors for an individual student as a legitimate educational aid, and one that seeks to provide the best match between institution and student possible.

Improper Use

We do not write or personally complete application forms for clients with any fraudulent information. We advise on the proper format but never provide the certification of documents.

Literature Reviews
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Rationale

Every day we are approached by prospective PhD students from around the world, almost all of whom would like to study for a PhD but who are in need of help in deciding which universities, faculties and supervisors to apply to. Moreover, these clients are almost always uncertain about the particular procedures and expectations of the UK or US universities. We are able to advise, collect information and application materials across the different subject areas and put the client in contact with experts to aid with the application process when they have made a choice.

This is a common and understandable situation to be in when looking at the complexities of the university system, which can seem intimidating to those entering it from outside, both in terms of which faculties to apply to and the research ranking of the institution. We provide guidance and aid in every aspect of this process from university choice, supervisor contact to proposals.

Proper Use

We regard the provision of advice regarding the best choice of universities, faculties, and supervisors for an individual student as a legitimate educational aid, and one that seeks to provide the best match between institution and student possible.

Improper Use

We do not write or personally complete application forms for clients with any fraudulent information. We advise on the proper format but never provide the certification of documents.

Methodologies
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Rationale

Every day we are approached by prospective PhD students from around the world, almost all of whom would like to study for a PhD but who are in need of help in deciding which universities, faculties and supervisors to apply to. Moreover, these clients are almost always uncertain about the particular procedures and expectations of the UK or US universities. We are able to advise, collect information and application materials across the different subject areas and put the client in contact with experts to aid with the application process when they have made a choice.

This is a common and understandable situation to be in when looking at the complexities of the university system, which can seem intimidating to those entering it from outside, both in terms of which faculties to apply to and the research ranking of the institution. We provide guidance and aid in every aspect of this process from university choice, supervisor contact to proposals.

Proper Use

We regard the provision of advice regarding the best choice of universities, faculties, and supervisors for an individual student as a legitimate educational aid, and one that seeks to provide the best match between institution and student possible.

Improper Use

We do not write or personally complete application forms for clients with any fraudulent information. We advise on the proper format but never provide the certification of documents.

Data Collection
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Rationale

Every day we are approached by prospective PhD students from around the world, almost all of whom would like to study for a PhD but who are in need of help in deciding which universities, faculties and supervisors to apply to. Moreover, these clients are almost always uncertain about the particular procedures and expectations of the UK or US universities. We are able to advise, collect information and application materials across the different subject areas and put the client in contact with experts to aid with the application process when they have made a choice.

This is a common and understandable situation to be in when looking at the complexities of the university system, which can seem intimidating to those entering it from outside, both in terms of which faculties to apply to and the research ranking of the institution. We provide guidance and aid in every aspect of this process from university choice, supervisor contact to proposals.

Proper Use

We regard the provision of advice regarding the best choice of universities, faculties, and supervisors for an individual student as a legitimate educational aid, and one that seeks to provide the best match between institution and student possible.

Improper Use

We do not write or personally complete application forms for clients with any fraudulent information. We advise on the proper format but never provide the certification of documents.

Research Reports
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Rationale

Every day we are approached by prospective PhD students from around the world, almost all of whom would like to study for a PhD but who are in need of help in deciding which universities, faculties and supervisors to apply to. Moreover, these clients are almost always uncertain about the particular procedures and expectations of the UK or US universities. We are able to advise, collect information and application materials across the different subject areas and put the client in contact with experts to aid with the application process when they have made a choice.

This is a common and understandable situation to be in when looking at the complexities of the university system, which can seem intimidating to those entering it from outside, both in terms of which faculties to apply to and the research ranking of the institution. We provide guidance and aid in every aspect of this process from university choice, supervisor contact to proposals.

Proper Use

We regard the provision of advice regarding the best choice of universities, faculties, and supervisors for an individual student as a legitimate educational aid, and one that seeks to provide the best match between institution and student possible.

Improper Use

We do not write or personally complete application forms for clients with any fraudulent information. We advise on the proper format but never provide the certification of documents.

Editing
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Rationale

Every day we are approached by prospective PhD students from around the world, almost all of whom would like to study for a PhD but who are in need of help in deciding which universities, faculties and supervisors to apply to. Moreover, these clients are almost always uncertain about the particular procedures and expectations of the UK or US universities. We are able to advise, collect information and application materials across the different subject areas and put the client in contact with experts to aid with the application process when they have made a choice.

This is a common and understandable situation to be in when looking at the complexities of the university system, which can seem intimidating to those entering it from outside, both in terms of which faculties to apply to and the research ranking of the institution. We provide guidance and aid in every aspect of this process from university choice, supervisor contact to proposals.

Proper Use

We regard the provision of advice regarding the best choice of universities, faculties, and supervisors for an individual student as a legitimate educational aid, and one that seeks to provide the best match between institution and student possible.

Improper Use

We do not write or personally complete application forms for clients with any fraudulent information. We advise on the proper format but never provide the certification of documents.

Viva/Interview Preparation
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Rationale

Every day we are approached by prospective PhD students from around the world, almost all of whom would like to study for a PhD but who are in need of help in deciding which universities, faculties and supervisors to apply to. Moreover, these clients are almost always uncertain about the particular procedures and expectations of the UK or US universities. We are able to advise, collect information and application materials across the different subject areas and put the client in contact with experts to aid with the application process when they have made a choice.

This is a common and understandable situation to be in when looking at the complexities of the university system, which can seem intimidating to those entering it from outside, both in terms of which faculties to apply to and the research ranking of the institution. We provide guidance and aid in every aspect of this process from university choice, supervisor contact to proposals.

Proper Use

We regard the provision of advice regarding the best choice of universities, faculties, and supervisors for an individual student as a legitimate educational aid, and one that seeks to provide the best match between institution and student possible.

Improper Use

We do not write or personally complete application forms for clients with any fraudulent information. We advise on the proper format but never provide the certification of documents.