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Second Year Report

Second-year Report and assessment

A short assessment at the end of the student’s second year (or the end of the third year for those on four year funded programmes in which a year has been spent in lab rotations, PIPs and/or coursework). This has the objectives of ensuring that you are continuing to progress appropriately and that you have the best opportunity to complete your studies within the three-year timetable.

Format of second-year assessment report

We believe that it is imperative that this assessment takes up as little time as possible for both you and your supervisor.  We therefore ask that students produce a report, at the end of their second year, of no more than 3-4 sides of A4 paper listing in concise form (possibly note form) their major achievements in their first two years of work. You should then move on to consider those experiments that you still have to complete.  We expect you to produce a detailed timetable aimed at completing lab work, field work and or data analyses at least four months before the end of funding for 3Y funded students and six months before end of funding for 4Y funded students, who have less flexibility at the end of their degrees due to the four year deadline for submission. There should also be an outline plan (chapter headings and rough contents) of the thesis.

Assessment of the report

This short paper will be assessed by your supervisor, and at least one other person (often the advisor or the supervisory team) in a meeting with yourself to allow you to be as sure as possible of completion. A short report will be sent by the assessors to the Graduate Office.  The report should also be used as the basis of monitoring progression for final year timelines.



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