Relationship between company and PhD candidate

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If the PhD candidate will be an employee of the company

Normally, the PhD candidate will carry out the research project within the company premises. Where appropriate, they may attend the university to carry out some aspects of the research. A company representative will be appointed to provide local day to day guidance and an academic supervisor from the University will provide long term strategic research direction towards outcomes that will be suitable for a dissertation.

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If the PhD candidate will be financed by a scholarship

Legally, a scholarship student is not an employee and must not receive work orders by a company or a professor. See also the legal context of Scholarships.

Consequently, there is no formal relationship between a company and a PhD candidate.

If the PhD candidate will be an employee of the professor

Legally, the PhD candidate is an employee of the university and must not receive work orders by company representatives.

Consequently, there is no formal relationship between a company and a PhD candidate.