Progress review provides PG Research candidates (PGRs) with formative feedback about their progress at key stages throughout their project.
The progress review also enables the Graduate School and other University committees to monitor both individual progress and levels of current PG Researcher activity overall in line with QAA requirements.
Progression through a research award is dependent on the successful achievement of the progress point relevant to each stage of PGR registration. All PGRs are notified of their individual progress review dates by the Graduate School upon registration, and reminders are sent nearer to each deadline*.
(* Please note that there is a minor typographical error at K15.3.4 of the academic regulations for 2014/15 regarding the timing of progress review points for part-time PGR candidates. The correct timings for progress review points are as indicated in the individual notification sent to each PGR candidate.)
How progress is reviewed
The progression examination at the end of the first stage is the first progress review point.
In subsequent years, progress review is carried out to ensure that satisfactory progress on the project is being maintained and to address any issues or concerns raised by PGR or supervisor.
A review meeting is held between the PGR, Director of Studies (DoS), and an independent reviewer at which submitted evidence of progress is discussed and objectives for the coming stage are identified. See also section K15.3 of the University's Academic Regulations.
PGRs and their supervisors should agree in advance what kind of material from the approved range of options should be submitted as evidence which best reflects both the nature of the project and the research culture of its disciplinary context. This should be submitted to the Graduate School Office with a completed PR-a form.
Options for evidence
Submit one of the following as evidence of progress:
- At Stage 2: a thesis outline, a synthesis of outputs/data/activities, a presentation on progress, a presentation of output, or a draft thesis chapter.
- At Stage 3: a draft thesis/part thesis, a presentation of findings, a published paper, or other evidence to demonstrate that timely completion will occur.
The range of options for each stage aims to reflect the sort of material that a PGR might normally be expected to be producing at that point in their project, rather than to create additional workload.
Progress review reporting
Independent reviewer and supervisor will complete a joint report on form PR-b (submitted to the Graduate School Office) making recommendations for progression to the next stage of registration, or in the case of unsatisfactory progress a resubmission recommendation with a programme of remedial work to get the project back on track.
Faculty Research Degree Committees (FRDCs) will consider the recommendations of all progress reviews and approve progression or resubmission outcomes, or make recommendations to the Award Board (RDAB) for withdrawal of the PGR’s registration where progress continues to be unsatisfactory even after resubmission of remedial work.
FRDCs will write to PGRs and their supervisors with the outcome of each stage of the progress review process.
All PGRs will be invited to complete an online questionnaire on a regular basis to provide comments and feedback on the quality of their individual experience as a PGR at UWE Bristol, including supervision.