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The main aid to monitoring student progress is the formal supervision, (see section 2 and Log), but more complete assessments occur through the ‘milestones’ such as the literature review, and particularly through the annual assessments, as outlined below.  In compiling this guidance the Graduate Education Committee has deliberately avoided the use of the word “examination” to describe these assessments.  Assessment of student progress is necessary to detect students who are unsuitable to continue, but the assessments should also function as a forum for discussion of the design, direction and progress of the project, and a focus for offering strategic advice and help to the student (and sometimes the supervisor).

PIs - PhD projects please.

"PhD projects please:
We will be placing PhD Project advertisements on ‘’ during the next few weeks.  If you are considering taking a student, could you please supply a project title, 5 key words and a short description of the project (300 words or less).  Please include the skills that will be gained by the student.  Don’t worry if the project doesn’t yet have funding as we will be looking into their funding situation before inviting candidates to interview.
A prompt email response to Fiona Roby would be very much appreciated."