Writing up support for finishing PhD students
- University of Nottingham
- Date first submitted:
- 26 Nov 2009
- Date last modified:
- 26 Nov 2009
- Personal effectiveness
- Research project skills
- Academic practice
- Knowledge exchange
- Doctoral researchers
Rationale, aims and outcomes
What is the rationale for doing this?
How does it fit with institutional strategy?
What are the main features of the provision?
What are the aims and expected outcomes?
There is more and more pressure from funding organisations for the timely completion of the PhD thesis. These sessions are designed to encourage timely completion by providing PhD students with information they need and helping them to feel supported and therefore motivated.
The aims are to help students complete their PhD write-up in good time. The expected outcome therefore is a reduction in the number of theses that are submitted beyond their allotted deadline in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Are there any pre-requisites for engagement, e.g. levels of skill, years of experience, essential pre-activities?
How many participate in each 'activity'?
The pre-requisite is that the student needs to be third or fourth year. In exceptional circumstances, second year PhD students have been allowed to participate.
Evaluation: benefits, challenges and next steps
How do you monitor effectiveness?
Who do you seek feedback from?
Do you have benchmarks?