Annual progress report

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The process

Progress is more formally recorded on two occasions during the year. The School has its own internal 6-monthly Progress Reports, which are completed in January/February of each year, and Research and Innovation Services collate Annual Progress Reports (APRs) in July/August of each year.

Annual Progress Reports are required by RIS towards the end of each academic year, and are administrated via an online portal. Following completion by the supervisory team, the student will be asked to sign to confirm that they have read the supervisors comments, and will have the opportunity to add their own comments.

Students are advised to discuss with their supervisors the content of the APR in a supervision meeting.

Training Needs Analysis

For all students who joined us from 1st August 2010, the School is required to report annual on engagement with the Doctoral Development Programme (DDP). As such, students are required to complete at TNA to discuss with their supervisors to coincide with the APR each year. The only exception to this is where a student has completed a TNA recently (i.e. within the past three months). A copy of the agreed TNA must be passed to the Research Officer.


This report, together with the supervision record forms completed in the year and the 6 monthly progress reports will be used by the supervisory team to inform their response on the Annual Progress Report form and reviewed by the PGR Director. The Annual Progress Reports containing the recommendations are then forwarded to Research and Innovation Services.

The Annual Progress Report confirms whether your progress is excellent, satisfactory or unsatisfactory. It is expected that a large majority of students will be confirmed as making satisfactory progress. Where students are deemed to be making unsatisfactory progress, an action plan will be agreed upon by the School and R&IS. If progress continues to be unsatisfactory, the case will normally be reviewed under Student Progress Regulations.

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