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All research students are required to attend an Annual Progression meeting. Annual Progression meetings take place each year and usually happen in the month before enrolment. For example, a student starting in February can expect to attend their progression meeting in January of the following year.

The purpose of an Annual Progression meeting is to ensure the student has the support needed to successfully complete their programme on time. Whereas the Confirmation of Registration is an academic assessment of the project, the Annual Progression is a holistic assessment. where checks are made in advance that the student has paid their fees, as well as Tier 4 signing, if applicable.

The University Research Office organises these meetings and dates are set a year in advance.

The University Research Office will contact students and supervisors by email to arrange a specific time for the Annual Progression meeting.

Students and supervisors need to submit a report in advance of the meeting. The deadline for these reports will be in the University Research Office email. The supervisory team are responsible for ensuring that their students have an Annual Progression meeting and that reports are submitted by the specified deadline. Research supervisors should ensure that students are submitting their report on the correct template and that the report is succinct. Progression panels do not need to see draft chapters or sample work but will require a student’s summary of their progress.

At the Annual Progression meeting students will be expected to talk through their research and progress to date. This will include a past, present and future approach. For example, what they have done/where they are now/what they are doing to meet their submission date.

Supervisors must make every effort to attend these meetings with the student, although they will still go ahead without the supervisory team in attendance. The Progression Frequently Asked Questions may be useful.

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