At Cardiff Metropolitan University, research students are given Academic Associate status upon enrolment which allows them the same access rights as staff to the library, buildings and staff development courses.
Academic Associates are represented in various fora by the Academic Associate Committee (AAC). The AAC comprises between 10 and 14 representatives from across the institution.
Each School in Cardiff Met has at least one AAC representative who will draw attention to issues raised by Academic Associates in their School. Any issues raised can then be taken to university committees such as the Research Degrees Committee, Research & Enterprise Board and University Ethics Committee, all of which have representation from the AAC.
The AAC also organises a variety of social events throughout the year and all Academic Associates are invited to attend.
Each year, the AAC hosts the Annual Poster Symposium. Judged by senior academics, prizes are awarded to the three best entries. There is also an additional prize for the best poster as voted by the Academic Associate community.
In 2012, the Cardiff Metropolitan Research Review
featured research being undertaken at postgraduate level and the featured projects showcased the high quality and range of research being undertaken at Cardiff Met. The content of the review was selected by the Academic Associate community and the AAC played a crucial role in the editing and peer review process, thereby ensuring the high quality of the Research Review.