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    Supervision Form

    A supervision form should be completed after every supervision meeting and passed to Jo Pullen. Each section of the form should be completed in full. Where students regularly have more than one meeting per month, it is acceptable to submit one 'monthly' report that consolidates several meetings, as long as the date of each separate meeting is given clearly on the form. Completion of the form should be seen as part of the dialogic process which prompts reflection as part of the documenting process.

    Roles and Responsibilities of the Research Student

    Research students must share the responsibility for their supervision with their Supervisor by keeping up good communications and arranging meetings with their Supervisor, attending the agreed meetings, preparing for the meetings, taking the initiative in raising problems or difficulties and ensuring completed forms are returned to Jo Pullen.  All research students studying in the School of English are asked to sign the PGR undertaking, which outlines what is expected from the Student and the School throughout the course of study. The expectations of Research Students by the University overall are set out in the University's Quality Manual.

    In particular, please note the guidance regarding annual leave for research students in the above link.

    Roles and Responsibilities of the Supervisor

    Supervisors agree to make themselves available to their Research Students in order that the required number of supervisions can take place and to facilitate successful progression. The responsibilities of the supervisor are set out fully in the University's Quality Manual. 

    Role of 20% Supervisor

     As a minimum, a 20% supervisor should attend at least three meetings each year, which will include the first meeting to meet the student, and attendance at the annual review and follow up supervision.  They may also need to be called upon if they have any particular research interests in the project at specific points.  All supervision records should be copied to both supervisors so that the 20% supervisor is aware of progress throughout.

    20% supervisors working in a QA role with UNNC-registered students should similarly be included in a supervision meeting early in the student's registered period of study and be included in the annual review process.  Meetings will be scheduled via Skype at a time to suit all parties.

    Appointment of Supervisors

    Please see the guidance in the University’s Quality Manual.

    Changing Supervisors

    The allocation of Supervisors is organised by the School of English. Students are not able to select their own Supervisors. For further information please see the guidance in the University’s Quality Manual. All changes of supervision must be confirmed to Jo Pullen  Student Services Senior Administrator. 

    Any queries concerning the arrangements for supervision in the School should be directed to the Director of Graduate Studies in the first instance.

    Supervision During Registered Study

    Part-time students are expected to have at least 6 supervision meetings per academic year, and full-time students a minimum of 10 supervision meetings per academic year. Supervision meetings may be with one supervisor at a time, or there may be occasions where all members of the supervisory team will attend the meeting. This will vary between projects, and your supervisors will discuss with you the most appropriate supervision.

    Most meetings will occur in the University teaching term. Depending upon supervisory split, students may meet with a member/s of their supervisory team twice a month during term time. However, some supervisory teams may choose to meet during the vacation periods.

    After every meeting, please complete a Supervision Report Form and return this to Jo Pullen.

    A 'supervision meeting' may be defined as involving contact between supervisor(s) and student which is simultaneous, which may include face-to-face meetings, but can also include Skype, video-conference sessions, or the use of other packages which enable contemporaneous dialogue between the parties involved. It is important that at the supervision meetings students' progress to date and the future direction of their research is discussed.

    Supervisions should be distributed evenly throughout the academic year and not concentrated into one or two short intensive periods.

    Further guidance concerning Supervision meetings can be found in the Quality Manual.

    Supervision During thesis-pending period

    During the thesis pending period students are entitled to six meetings (either face to face or electronically) with their Supervisor and for the Supervisor to read and comment on one draft of the student's thesis prior to submission. For information see the University's Quality Manual.

    Feedback during Supervision

    The Quality Manual says that the supervisor should request written work as appropriate, and read and provide constructive criticism on it within a reasonable time. Students and supervisors will usually agree a reasonable time for receiving feedback, which may be in writing or during a face to face supervision meeting.

    Please note that many supervisors will take periods of annual leave during non-term time, including and especially during late July, August and early September, and it is important that students plan accordingly. Likewise, when feedback is requested on substantial pieces of work, such as several chapters, or the results of several experiments, then supervisors may need longer to complete this. Finally, if the agreed deadline for submission of work is likely to be missed, then it is important to contact your supervisor straight away, to agree a new date for a meeting and/or feedback.

    Submission Deadlines for students who start in 2017/18

    (Please note that this does not include the AHRC M3C funded students who have different dates for review.)

    Start Date

    Annual Review Deadline of
    Paperwork from Students
    to Supervisors

    For Confirmation Reviews,
    expect viva to take place

    Completed form to be returned
    to Jo Pullen, Senior Student Services Administrator (PGR)
    by the Supervisor

    1st October 2017

    18 May 2018

    7/8 June 2018

    18 June 2018

    1st January 2018

    18 September 2018

    week beginning 8 October 2018

    18 October 2018

    1st April 2018

    7 December 2018

    week beginning 14 January 2019

    21 January 2019

    Annual Review of Full Time PhD Students

    The progress of every full-time PhD student in the School is subject to an annual review of progress.

    1. Types of Annual Review

      1.a) 1st year: Confirmation Review

    The first annual review is called Confirmation Review. The first year of a full-time research student's registration is probationary and the purpose of the Confirmation Review is to ascertain from both the supervisors and the research student that:

    • the research student is progressing satisfactorily in their research
    • supervisory sessions are taking place
    • the research student is undertaking research training as appropriate
    • the thesis is progressing as required by the supervisors

    Student Responsibilities

    1. Complete a Confirmation Review Form.
    2. Prepare a report of c. 12,000 - 15,000 words.
      The requirements for material to be presented within that report are to be defined by each supervisory team. Both the Confirmation Review form and the report must be submitted to all members of the supervisory team and the Internal Assessor by the deadline.
    3. Attend the School's Postgraduate Symposium. There is no requirement to present a paper for students as part of the Confirmation Review.
    4. Successfully attend a viva voce exam with one or more internal assessors who are not the student's supervisors nor have been previously associated with their work. At least one of your supervisors should also be in attendance at the viva.

     

    Supervisor Responsibilities

    The Lead Supervisor (in consultation with the supervisory team) must read the student's written report and complete the relevant section of the Confirmation Review. This should report on the student's progress and attendance; confirm that the minimum number of supervision sessions have taken place and that supervision records are available, and work on the Research Training Portfolio (if applicable). In all review processes the Lead Supervisor is responsible for completion of all appropriate documentation and is expected to consult as necessary with other member/s of the supervisory team.

    After the viva voce, the internal assessor and the Lead Supervisor should meet to confirm the results of the Confirmation Review and jointly agree one of the following recommendations to the Head of School/Research Committee:

    (i) that the student's PhD status be confirmed, and that the student can progress into their second year of study.

    (ii) that the probationary PhD status should be extended and a further review should take place within a given period of time. An action plan should be drawn up for the continued probationary period of study.

    (iii) that the student's current PhD registration be altered to MPhil. In cases such as these, the next review would be the Annual Review, as detailed in point 1.c).

    (iv) that the student's course be terminated.

      1.b) 2nd year: Progession Review

    Progression Review occurs in the summer term of the second year of a full-time student's registration. The purpose of Progression Review is to continue to monitor the progress of each research student and to ascertain from both the supervisors and the research student that:

    • the research student continues to progress satisfactorily in their research
    • supervisory sessions are continuing to take place
    • the research student is undertaking research training as appropriate
    • the thesis is progressing as required by the supervisors

    Student Responsibilities

    1. Complete a Progression Review Form.
    2. Prepare a report of c. 12,000 - 15,000 words. The requirements for material to be presented within that report are to be defined by each supervisory team. Both the Progression Review form and the report must be submitted to the lead supervisor by the deadline specified above.
    3. A 1 page report showing how any recommendations made at Confirmation Review at the end of the first year of registration have been addressed.
    4. A schedule with a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the planned thesis
    5. Participate in and deliver a paper or poster at the School's Postgraduate Symposium.
    6. Provide details of all research training and development courses attended at the Graduate School (or equivalent) particularly on the Arts Faculty Researcher Programme.

     

    Supervisor Responsibilities

    The Lead Supervisor (in consultation with the supervisory team) must read the student's written report and complete the relevant section of the Progression Review Form. This should report on the student's progress and attendance; confirm that the minimum number of supervision sessions have taken place and that supervision records are available, and work on the Research Training Portfolio (if applicable), and their paper at the PG Symposium. In all review processes the Lead Supervisor is responsible for completion of all appropriate documentation and is expected to consult as necessary with other member/s of the supervisory team.

    The supervisory team should jointly agree the results of the Progression Review and make one of the following recommendations to the Head of School/Research Committee:

    (i) that the student's status be confirmed, and that he/she re-registers in the following academic session on the same degree.

    (ii) that an agreed plan of supportive or corrective action be followed with a further review taking place in a given period of time.

    (iii) that the student is ready to enter the thesis-pending period, subject to the minimum period of study for the programme, and completes a notification of submission of thesis form.

    (iv) a recommendation by the School to the University that the student be re-registered as an MPhil student. If the student has already completed two full-time or four part-time years of registration as a research student, they will be required to enter the thesis-pending period for MPhil.

    (v) that the student's registration be terminated

    (vi) that the student is required to transfer to another programme.

    NB: students who wish to transfer from MPhil to PhD should ensure they have: a) had a viva, and b) filled out a transfer form.

      1.c) 3rd year: Annual Review

    Annual Review occurs in the summer term of the third year (or final year for MPhil students) of a full-time student's registration. An Annual Review will then take place in every year until submission of the thesis. The Annual Review will monitor the student's progress, in particular progress made with planning the writing-up of the thesis.

     

    Student Responsibilities

    1. Complete an Annual Review Form (Final year)
    2. Prepare a report of c. 12,000 - 15,000 words. The requirements for material to be presented within that report are to be defined by each supervisory team.
    3. A detailed timetable for completion (a schedule with a chapter-by-chapter breakdown with dates bywhich each will be completed).
    4. Attend and chair sessions at the School's Postgraduate Symposium. For students who are in the thesis pending period their attendance at the Symposium is optional.
    5. Provide details of all research training and development courses attended at the Graduate School (or equivalent) particularly on the Arts Faculty Researcher Programme.

    If a student intends to submit by September of the current year they must provide their Supervisor with a full version of their thesis at the Annual Review and only need to complete a Notification to Submit Thesis Form.

      

    Supervisor Responsibilities

    The Lead Supervisor (in consultation with the supervisory team) must read the student's written report and complete the relevant section of the Annual Review Form. This should report on the student's progress and attendance; confirm that the minimum number of supervision sessions have taken place and that supervision records are available, and work on the Research Training Portfolio (if applicable).

    The possible outcomes of an Annual Review are:

    (i) that the student be upgraded from MPhil to PhD status.

    (ii) that the student's current MPhil registration should be exceptionally extended to a third year.

    (iii) that an agreed plan of supportive or corrective action be followed with a further review taking place within a set period of time.

    (iv) that the student is ready to enter the thesis-pending period, subject to the minimum period of study for the programme, and completes a Notification of Submission of Thesis form.

    (v) that the student be re-registered as an MPhil student. If the student has already completed two full-time or four part-time years of registration as a research student, they will be required to enter the thesis-pending period for MPhil.

    (vi) that, due to exceptional circumstances, the student's current PhD registration be extended for up to one further year. In such cases students will be expected to adhere to the University's maximum period for full-time PhD students as given in the Quality Manual.

    (vii) that the student's registration be terminated.

    (viii) that the student is required to transfer to another programme.

    NB: students who wish to transfer from MPhil to PhD should ensure they have: a) had a viva, and b) filled out a transfer form.

      1.d) Thesis Pending: Short Progress Reports

    Full time students in thesis pending should undertake a Short Progress (TP) each year until they submit.

    A detailed timetable of work will be required to ensure timely submission.

     2. Extenuating Circumstances

    Students with extenuating circumstances are asked to contact their Supervisors and the Senior Student Services Administrator in the first instance.

    3. Annual Review Appeals

    Where the outcome of any of the above reviews is that a student be required to transfer to another degree, has his/her registration terminated, or is required to register for an additional period beyond the normal length of the degree, the student may lodge an appeal against that decision (if grounds for appeal exist).

    Annual Review of Part Time PhD Students

    The progress of every part-time MPhil and PhD student in the School is subject to an annual review of progress.  Part-time students undertake a review each year, but they only undertake a formal review every other year. The usual pattern of annual review for a part-time student will look like this:

    1. Types of Annual Review for Part Time PhD Students


     

      Year 1 (Early stage a): Interim Review

    Interim Reports are required in the summer term of the first, third, fifth and seventh years of part-time study. The Interim Report will monitor the student's progress in researching and writing the thesis.

    Student Responsibilities

    1. Complete an Interim Report Form.
    2. Provide a 1 page A4 summary of what has been done during the academic year.

     

    Supervisor Responsibilities

    The Lead Supervisor (in consultation with the supervisory team) must read the student's written report and complete the Interim Report Form. This should report on the student's attendance and progress with writing up the thesis; confirm that the minimum number of supervision sessions have taken place and that supervision records are available.


     

     

     

     

      Year 2 (Early stage b): Confirmation Review

    The first annual review is called Confirmation Review. The first two years of a part-time research student's registration are probationary and the purpose of the Confirmation Review is to ascertain from both the supervisors and the research student that:

    • the research student is progressing satisfactorily in their research
    • supervisory sessions are taking place
    • the research student is undertaking research training as appropriate
    • the thesis is progressing as required by the supervisors

     

    Student Responsibilities

    1. Complete a Confirmation Review Form.
    2. Prepare a report of c. 12,000 - 15,000 words. The requirements for material to be presented within that report are to be defined by each supervisory team. Both the Confirmation Review form and the report must be submitted to the lead supervisor by the deadline specified above.
    3. Attend the School's Postgraduate Symposium (strongly recommended but not compulsory for part-time students). There is no requirement to present a paper for students as part of the Confirmation Review.
    4. Successfully attend a viva voce exam with one or more internal assessors who are not the student's supervisors nor have been previously associated with their work.

     

    Supervisor Responsibilities

    The Lead Supervisor (in consultation with the supervisory team) must read the student's written report and complete the relevant section of the Confirmation Review Form. This should report on the student's progress and attendance; confirm that the minimum number of supervision sessions have taken place and that supervision records are available, and work on the Research Training Portfolio (if applicable). In all review processes the Lead Supervisor is responsible for completion of all appropriate documentation and is expected to consult as necessary with other member/s of the supervisory team.

    After the viva voce, the internal assessor and the Lead Supervisor should meet to confirm the results of the Confirmation Review and jointly agree one of the following recommendations to the Head of School/Research Committee:(i) that the student's PhD/MPhil status be confirmed.

    (ii) that the probationary PhD/MPhil status should be extended and a further review should take place within a given period of time. An action plan should be drawn up for the continued probationary period of study.

    (iii) that the student's current PhD registration be altered to MPhil. In cases such as these, the next review would be the Annual Review, as detailed in point 1.c).

    (iv) that the student's course be terminated.


     

     

     

     

      Year 3 (Mid stage a): Interim Review

    Interim Reports are required in the summer term of the first, third, fifth and seventh years of part-time study. The Interim Report will monitor the student's progress in researching and writing the thesis.

    Student Responsibilities

    1. Complete an Interim Report Form.
    2. Provide a 1 page A4 summary of what has been done during the academic year.

     

    Supervisor Responsibilities

    The Lead Supervisor (in consultation with the supervisory team) must read the student's written report and complete the Interim Report Form. This should report on the student's attendance and progress with writing up the thesis; confirm that the minimum number of supervision sessions have taken place and that supervision records are available.


     

      Year 4 (Mid stage b): Progression Review

    Progression Review occurs in the summer term of the fourth year of a part-time student's registration. The purpose of Progression Review is to continue to monitor the progress of each research student and to ascertain from both the supervisors and the research student that:

    • the research student continues to progress satisfactorily in their research
    • supervisory sessions are continuing to take place
    • the research student is undertaking research training as appropriate
    • the thesis is progressing as required by the supervisors

     

    Student Responsibilities

    1. Complete a Progression Review Form.
    2. Prepare a report of c. 12,000 - 15,000 words. The requirements for material to be presented within that report are to be defined by each supervisory team. Both the Progression Review form and the report must be submitted to the lead supervisor by the deadline specified above. The report should also indicate how any recommendations made at Confirmation Review at the end of the first year of registration have been addressed.
    3. Participate in and deliver a paper or poster at the School's Postgraduate Symposium (strongly recommended but not compulsory for part-time students).
    4. Provide details of all research training and development courses attended at the Graduate School (or equivalent) particularly on the Arts Faculty Researcher Programme.

     

    Supervisor Responsibilities

    The Lead Supervisor (in consultation with the supervisory team) must read the student's written report and complete the relevant section of the Progression Review Form. This should report on the student's progress and attendance; confirm that the minimum number of supervision sessions have taken place and that supervision records are available, and work on the Research Training Portfolio (if applicable), and their paper at the PG Symposium. In all review processes the Lead Supervisor is responsible for completion of all appropriate documentation and is expected to consult as necessary with other member/s of the supervisory team.

    The supervisory team should meet to jointly agree the results of the Progression Review and make one of the following recommendations to the Head of School/Research Committee:

    (i) that the student's status be confirmed, and that he/she re-registers in the following academic session on the same degree.

    (ii) that an agreed plan of supportive or corrective action be followed with a further review taking place in a given period of time.

    (iii) that the student is ready to enter the thesis-pending period, subject to the minimum period of study for the programme, and completes a notification of submission of thesis form.

    (iv) a recommendation by the School to the University that the student be re-registered as an MPhil student. If the student has already completed two full-time or four part-time years of registration as a research student, they will be required to enter the thesis-pending period for MPhil.

    (v) that the student's registration be terminated

    (vi) that the student is required to transfer to another programme.

    NB: students who wish to transfer from MPhil to PhD should ensure they have: a) had a viva, and b) filled out a transfer form


     

     

     

     

      Year 5 (Late stage a): Interim Review

    Interim Reports are required in the summer term of the first, third, fifth and seventh years of part-time study. The Interim Report will monitor the student's progress in researching and writing the thesis.

    Student Responsibilities

    1. Complete an Interim Report Form.
    2. Provide a 1 page A4 summary of what has been done during the academic year.

     

    Supervisor Responsibilities

    The Lead Supervisor (in consultation with the supervisory team) must read the student's written report and complete the Interim Report Form. This should report on the student's attendance and progress with writing up the thesis; confirm that the minimum number of supervision sessions have taken place and that supervision records are available.


     

      Year 6 (Late stage b): Annual Review

    Annual Review occurs in the summer term of the sixth year (or final year for MPhil students) of a part-time student's registration. An Annual Review will then take place every alternate year until submission of the thesis. Please note that an Interim Report (see section 1.d below) is required during the fifth year of registration and the seventh year (during the thesis pending period).

     

    The Annual Review will monitor the student's progress, in particular progress made with planning the writing-up of the thesis.

    Student Responsibilities

    1. Complete an Annual Review Form Final year
    2. Prepare a report of c. 12,000 - 15,000 words. The requirements for material to be presented within that report are to be defined by each supervisory team. Additionally, students are required to submit a detailed plan to show how they intend to meet the submission deadline for their thesis.
    3. Attend and chair sessions at the School's Postgraduate Symposium (strongly recommended but not compulsory for part-time students). For students who are in the thesis pending period their attendance at the Symposium is also optional.
    4. Provide details of all research training and development courses attended at the Graduate School (or equivalent) particularly on the Arts Faculty Researcher Programme.

    If a student intends to submit by September of the current year they must provide their Supervisor with a full version of their thesis at the Annual Review and only need to complete a Notification to Submit Thesis Form.

     

    Supervisor Responsibilities

    The Lead Supervisor (in consultation with the supervisory team) must read the student's written report and complete the relevant section of the Annual Review Form. This should report on the student's progress and attendance; confirm that the minimum number of supervision sessions have taken place and that supervision records are available, and work on the Research Training Portfolio (if applicable).

    The possible outcomes of an Annual Review are:(i) that the student be upgraded from MPhil to PhD status.

    (ii) that the student's current MPhil registration should be exceptionally extended to a third year.

    (iii) that an agreed plan of supportive or corrective action be followed with a further review taking place within a set period of time.

    (iv) that the student is ready to enter the thesis-pending period, subject to the minimum period of study for the programme, and completes a Notification of Submission of Thesis form.

    (v) that the student be re-registered as an MPhil student. If the student has already completed two full-time or four part-time years of registration as a research student, they will be required to enter the thesis-pending period for MPhil.

    (vi) that, due to exceptional circumstances, the student's current PhD registration be extended for up to one further year. In such cases students will be expected to adhere to the University's maximum period for full-time PhD students as given in the Quality Manual.

    (vii) that the student's registration be terminated.

    (viii) that the student is required to transfer to another programme.

    NB: students who wish to transfer from MPhil to PhD should ensure they have: a) had a viva, and b) filled out a transfer form.


     

      Thesis Pending

    Part time students in thesis pending should undertake a Short Progress (TP) each year until they submit which shows that an achievable plan of time is in place to ensure timely submission.


     

     

     

     

    2. Extenuating Circumstances

    Students with extenuating circumstances are asked to contact their Supervisors and the Senior Student Services Administrator in the first instance.

    3. Annual Review Appeals

    Where the outcome of any of the above reviews is that a student be required to transfer to another degree, has his/her registration terminated, or is required to register for an additional period beyond the normal length of the degree, the student may lodge an appeal against that decision (if grounds for appeal exist).

    Annual Review of MPhil Students

    (for students who do not wish to, or who are not entitled to, upgrade to a PhD)

    1. Types of Annual Review for MPhil Students

    Full-time MPhil students are subject to Annual Review at the end of their first year of registration and again in subsequent years.

    Part-time MPhil students are subject to Annual Review at the end of their second year of registration and again in every alternate year. Please note that an Interim Report (see section 1.b below) is required during each alternate year of registration where an annual review does not take place (including the thesis pending period).

    Year

    Type of Review

    Viva?

    Form

    1

    Confirmation

    Yes

    Confirmation Review Form

    2

    Annual

    No, unless the student wants to upgrade to PhD Status

    Annual Review Form

    1a and 2a (Part-Time only)

    Interim Report

    No

    Interim Review Form

    Thesis Pending

    Short Progress

    No

    Short Progress Report Form

    2. Annual Review Deadlines 2017/18

    Date

    Deadline

    17 May 2018

    PGR Symposium

    18 May 2018

    Final date for research students to complete and submit all documentation for the session 2017/18 to their lead supervisor.

    7/8 June 2018

    Confirmation review vivas will normally be held on these dates

    TBC

    Final date for students with extenuating circumstances to submit an Extenuating Circumstances Form (ECF) to Jo Pullen.

    18 June 2018

    Final date for supervisors to return all completed documentation to Jo Pullen.

    3. Annual Review Appeals

    Where the outcome of any of the above reviews is that a student be required to transfer to another degree, has his/her registration terminated, or is required to register for an additional period beyond the normal length of the degree, the student may lodge an appeal against that decision (if grounds for appeal exist). 


    1.a) CONFIRMATION REVIEW FOR 1st YEAR MPhil STUDENTS

    In order to prepare for Annual Review an MPhil student must:

    (i) Complete a Confirmation Review form
    (ii) prepare a report of c. 12,000- 15,000 words. The requirements for material to be presented within that report are to be defined by each supervisory team.
    (iii) attend the School’s Postgraduate Symposium - for part time students attendance is optional
    (iv) provide details of all research training and development courses attended at the Graduate School (or equivalent) particularly on the Arts Faculty Researcher Programme.

    (v)Successfully attend a viva voce exam with one or more internal assessors who are not the student's supervisors nor have been previously associated with their work.

     

    The Lead Supervisor (in consultation with the supervisory team) must read the student's written report and complete the relevant section of the Confirmation Review Form. This should report on the student's progress and attendance; confirm that the minimum number of supervision sessions have taken place and that supervision records are available, and work on the Research Training Portfolio (if applicable). In all review processes the Lead Supervisor is responsible for completion of all appropriate documentation and is expected to consult as necessary with other member/s of the supervisory team. 

    After the viva voce, the internal assessor and the Lead Supervisor should meet to confirm the results of the Confirmation Review and jointly agree one of the following recommendations to the Head of School/Research Committee:

    (i) that the student's MPhil status be confirmed.

    (ii) that the probationary MPhil status should be extended and a further review should take place within a given period of time. An action plan should be drawn up for the continued probationary period of study.

    (iii) that the student's course be terminated.


    1.b) ANNUAL REVIEW FOR 2nd YEAR MPhil STUDENTS

    The MPhil 2nd year (Annual) review will usually be the same as the 3rd year Annual review for PhD students: it does not usually involve a viva. However, if the supervisory team want the student to be considered for upgrade to PhD status, the student and supervisory team must provide evidence that a viva voce has taken place, and the student must also complete a transfer form.

    In order to prepare for an Annual Review a student must:

    (i)Complete an Annual Review Form
    (ii)Prepare a report of c. 12,000 - 15,000 words. The requirements for material to be presented within that report are to be defined by each supervisory team. Additionally, students are required to submit a detailed plan to show how they intend to meet the submission deadline for their thesis.
    (iii) Attend and chair sessions at the School's Postgraduate Symposium. For students who are in the thesis pending period their attendance at the Symposium is optional.
    (iv)Provide details of all research training and development courses attended at the Graduate School (or equivalent) particularly on the Researcher Development Programme

    If a student intends to submit by September of the current year they must provide their Supervisor with a full version of their thesis at the Annual Review and only need to complete a Notification to Submit Thesis Form.

    The Lead Supervisor (in consultation with the supervisory team) must read the student's written report and complete the relevant section of the Annual Review Form. This should report on the student's progress and attendance; confirm that the minimum number of supervision sessions have taken place and that supervision records are available, and work on the Research Training Portfolio (if applicable).

    The possible outcomes of an Annual Review are:

    (i) that the student be upgraded from MPhil to PhD status.

    (ii) that the student's current MPhil registration should be exceptionally extended to a third year.

    (iii) that an agreed plan of supportive or corrective action be followed with a further review taking place within a set period of time.

    (iv) that the student is ready to enter the thesis-pending period, subject to the minimum period of study for the programme, and completes a Notification of Submission of Thesis form.

    (vii) that the student's registration be terminated.

    (viii) that the student is required to transfer to another programme.


    1.c) INTERIM REVIEW FOR PART-TIME MPhil STUDENTS

    For part-time students, Interim Reports are required during each alternate year of registration where an annual review does not take place (including the thesis pending period). The Interim Report will monitor the student's progress in researching and writing the thesis.

    In order to prepare an Interim Report a student must:

     (i) Complete an Interim Report Form. 
    (ii) Provide a 1 page A4 summary of what has been done during the academic year.

    The Lead Supervisor (in consultation with the supervisory team) must read the student's written report and complete the Interim Report Form. This should report on the student's attendance and progress with writing up the thesis; confirm that the minimum number of supervision sessions have taken place and that supervision records are available.


    1.d) PROGRESS REVIEW FOR ALL MPhil STUDENTS IN THESIS PENDING

    MPhil students in thesis pending should undertake a Short Progress Review each year until they submit which shows that an achievable plan of time is in place to ensure timely submission.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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