Progress of research students

Essential practice

The academic progress of all PGR students must be formally assessed by departments at six-monthly intervals throughout the student's research degree.  This is in addition to the more regular recording of formal supervisory meetings. These progress reviews may take the form of mandatory milestones, e.g. Confirmation Review and Submission Review, or they may constitute a designated task to be completed by the student, such as a poster presentation or submission of a journal-quality paper.

Mandatory milestones

The University has agreed that the following progression points should be mandatory milestones:

  • Induction/Training Needs Analysis
  • Confirmation Review (PhD, MD, EngD only)
  • Data Management Plan (compulsory from 2019/20 onwards for new starters)
  • Submission Review (compulsory for all students from 2019/20 onwards)
  • DDP Evidencing Development Summary
  • Thesis Submission

Departments may wish to consider increasing the frequency of monitoring of students as they move towards the final stages of their research, to ensure that they submit on time. Departments should also undertake a formal Submission Review to evaluate a student’s progress towards submission. The precise format and timing of the Submission Review is not prescribed, but should at least involve a review of the student’s outline thesis plan, an evaluation of the amount of work still to be completed and a review of DDP engagement.

Procedures for monitoring students studying via Remote Location will vary and students and staff should consult the relevant guidance