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Second year report (PhD)

The Departmental Graduate Education Committee believes that it is necessary to conduct a short assessment at the end of the student’s second year.  A reminder will be sent when such assessments are due.

Objectives of 2nd Yr Report

  • To ensure that the student is continuing to progress appropriately
  • To ensure that the student has the best opportunity to complete their studies within their time limit (3 or 4 years depending on funder).

Format of 2nd Yr Report. 

We believe that it is imperative that this assessment takes up as little time as possible for both student and supervisor.  We therefore ask that they produce a report, before the end of their second year, of 1000-2000 words, listing in concise form (possibly note form) their major achievements in their first two years of work and in more detail those experiments that they still have to complete.  This should also include a timetable of how completion will be achieved.


This short report should be assessed by the supervisor and advisor, again in a meeting with the student.  Remember that for a student to complete on time, they generally need to have finished experimental work with at least four months still to go.  The timetable should be looked at on this basis.  A short single-paragraph report on the supervisor’s headed notepaper should be emailed to the Departmental Graduate Office, to be included in the student’s file.