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Academic Development: Doctoral Supervision: Navigating the Examination Process



Personal effectiveness


Mandatory/essential to role

About this course:

This workshop is designed to demystify the University of Exeter's doctoral examination process by clarifying regulations and expectations as they pertain to both supervisors and their PGR students.

Further, we will consider recommendations for best practice associated with preparing your PGR student for a viva as well as for being an examiner for other candidates.

The discussion is also designed to explain the logic behind the University's doctoral examination regulations and provide information on who is available to support both you and your student should you need any assistance or advice about the viva.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this session, you should understand:.

- Where to find information about the rules, regulations, procedures, and paperwork associated with the University's doctoral examination procedures - What is expected of PGR students, supervisors, and examiners before, during, and after the viva (and what is the timeline for these activities) - What are the available outcomes of a viva, and how to distinguish between these - How you can help your PGR student prepare for a viva, both around the time of the examination itself but also throughout his / her time at the University - What is the role of each member of the Board of Examiners, and what constitutes a 'good' examiner - Which academic and PS staff can help with issues related to the viva.

Who should attend this course:

This session is designed to support and inform academic and research colleagues who are new to doctoral examinations, either in general, at the University, or within the UK.


Dr Caitlin Kight

Learning provider:

This course is administered by Academic Development.

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This course occurs on the following dates
25/10/2018 Streatham: Forum, Seminar Room 05 10:30 12:00 Free 19
22/11/2018 Penryn: venue tbc 13:00 14:30 Free 18
15/04/2019 Penryn: venue tbc 10:30 12:00 Free 20
16/04/2019 Streatham: venue tbc 14:30 16:00 Free 19

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