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annual assessment and how to prepare for it

Annual Assessment (and how to prepare for it)

John Kirby

Graduate School

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Newcastle University

how well are you doing
How well are you doing?

A thesis should be a piece of work which a capable, well qualified and diligent student who is properly supported and supervised can produce in n-yearsof full-time study

No one has done your research before.

How do you know if you are on track?

common questions
Common questions
  • Why do we assess your progress?
  • When are you assessed?
  • What form does assessment take?
  • What are the possible outcomes of assessment?
  • Why?
    • To help you work out what your project is about!
    • To encourage you to think of your research aims (and what you have achieved to date).
    • To focus you on the timeline for completion of your work.
    • To help you to decide if you are sufficiently diligent…
    • To identify problems at an early stage and to suggest strategies to fix these.
  • What is assessed?
    • First assessment
the 1 st assessment report
The 1st assessment report
  • Often students have relatively few completed sets of data by 9 months
  • The literature review is most important
    • Often the focused reading you do for this “sets the scene” for your entire project and clarifies your aims.
  • How much input can you expect from your supervisors?
    • It is your progress that is being assessed (not your supervisor(s) knowledge)
first assessment what else is needed
First assessment – what else is needed?
  • Annual report forms completed by the:
    • Student
    • Supervisor(s)
  • Lab books
  • Record of PG skills training events you have attended.
subsequent assessment s
Subsequent Assessment(s)
  • What is needed?
    • Final assessment to include a detailed thesis plan (“table of contents”)
the assessment interview
The assessment interview
  • You should arrange this and provide documents to the assessors in good time (potentially as e-documents)
  • There is no fixed duration for the interview
  • The interview is based on the formal oral exam you will have on completion of your PhD/MD thesis (or may have on completion of your MPhil thesis).

The assessors will be hoping for a lively 2-way exchange of knowledge.

  • You may well find you know better than your assessors the literature in your area.
  • Be prepared to highlight achievements you are particularly proud of.
  • Don’t be worried if the assessors suggest additional work – you still have time for this.
    • Make notes so any useful points you discuss are not forgotten
phew its all over
Phew – its all over
  • But, you have just written a wonderful literature review
    • Will it now simply collect dust?
  • NO!
    • The review (and its bibliography) will be useful when you write your thesis
    • Maybe the literature review can be converted with little extra effort into a published review
      • Talk to your supervisors about this.