Progression Points

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Progression Points

  1. 1. PhD Evaluation The Progression Points Dr Sonja Tomaskovic Dr Raju Pathmeswaran Developed by Dr Victoria Sheppard
  2. 2. What are Progression Points for? <ul><li>Evaluate Progress </li></ul><ul><li>Quality Assurance </li></ul><ul><li>Provide Structure and Support </li></ul>Sisyphus from www.mythweb.com/encyc/zooms/sisyphus.gif
  3. 3. Today’s Session <ul><li>Academic Criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Timeline for PhD Process at Salford </li></ul><ul><li>What does each progression point involve? </li></ul><ul><li>Tips and student experience </li></ul>
  4. 4. Criteria <ul><li>Doctoral students expected to demonstrate: </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant research skills </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding & knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Effective project design and management </li></ul><ul><li>Originality </li></ul>
  5. 5. Research Skills <ul><li>“ a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry;” </li></ul><ul><li>Framework for Higher Education Qualification (FHEQ) Descriptors </li></ul>
  6. 6. Understanding and Knowledge <ul><li>“ a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic discipline or area of professional practice;” </li></ul><ul><li>FHEQ </li></ul>
  7. 7. Project Design and Management <ul><li>“ the general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems;” </li></ul><ul><li>FHEQ </li></ul>
  8. 8. Originality <ul><li>“ the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication.” </li></ul><ul><li>FHEQ </li></ul>
  9. 9. Timeline for Salford full time PhD Year 1 Learning Agreement 3 month Year 2 Year 3 Interim Assessment 12 – 15 months Internal Evaluation – 12 months after IA Annual Report Annual Report Annual Report Self Evaluation Report Self Evaluation Report Self Evaluation Report Write-up and assessment period
  10. 10. Part time model Learning Agreement 6 months Interim Assessment 20-26 months Internal Evaluation 20 months after IA Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 + 2 Write up and assessment Annual Report Annual Report Annual Report Annual Report Annual Report Self-Evaluation Self-Evaluation Self-Evaluation Self-Evaluation Self-Evaluation
  11. 11. Forms <ul><li>All the paperwork relating to PhD progression can be found at: </li></ul>www.pg.salford.ac.uk/page/general_forms Image © Luxomedia http://www.flickr.com/photos/videolux/2389320345/
  12. 12. 1. Learning Agreement <ul><li>Agreement between research student and supervisor </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative planning of the research project </li></ul><ul><li>Outlines training and resource requirements </li></ul>
  13. 13. 2. Annual Reports <ul><li>Annual progress report : Supervisor </li></ul><ul><li>Self-evaluation report : Postgraduate researcher </li></ul><ul><li>Compulsory progress checks </li></ul><ul><li>Completed at end of each registered year </li></ul><ul><li>Both forms available on PG website. </li></ul><ul><li>Should be returned to school support office before registration </li></ul>
  14. 14. Why have annual reports? <ul><li>To give PGR and Supervisor opportunity to comment on academic progress </li></ul><ul><li>Supervisor: </li></ul><ul><li>Achievements in last 12 months </li></ul><ul><li>Likelihood of submitting in time </li></ul><ul><li>Training undertaken </li></ul><ul><li>Levels of contact </li></ul><ul><li>Satisfactory progress? </li></ul><ul><li>Recommends continuation of candidature (or otherwise) to Board of Faculty </li></ul>
  15. 15. PGR: <ul><li>Learning agreement completed </li></ul><ul><li>Training undertaken and planned </li></ul><ul><li>Achievements </li></ul><ul><li>Progress </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulties </li></ul><ul><li>Supervisory support </li></ul><ul><li>Research environment </li></ul><ul><li>Submission of thesis </li></ul>
  16. 16. 3. Interim Assessment <ul><li>12–15 months (20–26 for p/t) </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring PGR reached certain threshold of academic performance </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation of progress of project </li></ul><ul><li>Completion of required training and identification of any future training </li></ul>
  17. 17. Requirements <ul><li>4,000 word report </li></ul><ul><li>Details work done to date, training (in line with learning agreement), identifies plans for remainder of PhD </li></ul><ul><li>Oral Exam </li></ul><ul><li>Panel of supervisor (or co-supervisor), and 2 members of academic staff from school </li></ul>
  18. 18. Panel Evaluates: <ul><li>Clarity of research focus </li></ul><ul><li>Completion of literature review </li></ul><ul><li>Brief review and discussion of the work already undertaken </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation of the data/findings to date </li></ul><ul><li>General knowledge of particular field of learning </li></ul><ul><li>Details of original contribution to knowledge likely to emerge </li></ul><ul><li>Statement of intended further work </li></ul>Image © benprks http://www.flickr.com/photos/rivet/2767279500/
  19. 19. IA Outcomes Continue with PhD Repeat Interim Assessment (3 months) OR Terminate candidature Transfer to different programme – MPhil, MRes, MSc by Research Image © SLightlynorth http://www.flickr.com/photos/slightlynorth/677514537/
  20. 20. 4. Internal Evaluation <ul><li>12 months after Interim Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>To ensure continuing academic progress </li></ul><ul><li>Check on course to produce a thesis of acceptable quality on time </li></ul><ul><li>Check participation in relevant training </li></ul>
  21. 21. IE requirements <ul><li>Substantive piece of work </li></ul><ul><li>The format is determined by the School, eg. could be chapter of thesis or report on interim findings. c. 10,000- 15,000 words. Element of primary research framed within an overview </li></ul><ul><li>Oral Examination </li></ul><ul><li>Panel of two research active members of school but not the supervisor </li></ul>
  22. 22. Panel Evaluates: <ul><li>Original research/advanced scholarship </li></ul><ul><li>Acquisition/understanding of a substantial body of knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Creation and interpretation of new knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to make informed judgements on complex issues </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to adjust research in light of unforeseen problems </li></ul><ul><li>Personal responsibility/autonomous initiative </li></ul>
  23. 23. IE Outcomes Continue with PhD Repeat Internal Evaluation (3 months) OR Terminate candidature Transfer to different programme – MPhil, MRes, MSc by Research
  24. 24. Arrangements <ul><li>The student should be aware to when their assessment is due. </li></ul><ul><li>A reminder should be sent either by the supervisor or the research support staff. </li></ul><ul><li>If no reminder has been sent, then the student must initiate this process through the supervisor. </li></ul><ul><li>The supervisor will liaise with the research support staff to make the arrangements </li></ul>
  25. 25. Testimonials The presentation gave an overview of my report but concentrated on certain aspects of it The assessors did not pick up on the things I thought they would […] Nobody picked up on ontological or etymological issues. We discussed in some detail a semantic definition of one of my central terms. We all realised that this will need some further work. In the end, it was much more relaxed than I thought it would be. It was more a guidance than an examination.
  26. 26. Advice from researchers <ul><li>Let the university know well in advance </li></ul><ul><li>During the assessment/evaluation don't panic, they are just trying to find the boundaries of your knowledge at the time, not trip you up </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare well </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you present ideas clearly, concisely and confidently </li></ul><ul><li>TAKE NOTES – some v helpful tips </li></ul>
  27. 27. And a few more… <ul><li>Make use of the knowledge and experience of others </li></ul><ul><li>Practise explaining your work to others </li></ul><ul><li>Get used to reflecting on your research, methods, and working practices </li></ul>
  28. 28. Please give us your FEEDBACK about this session: For any further queries <ul><li>www.survey.bris.ac.uk/salford/sport2010_11 </li></ul><ul><li>PLEASE FILL IT IN – it will take only 5 minutes! </li></ul><ul><li>www.pg.salford.ac.uk </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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