Annual Progress Review
The University of Sydney requires that every higher degree by research student has an Annual Progress Review (APR). The APR is an opportunity to review the candidature and to talk openly about the achievements and challenges that all research students' experience. If issues are discussed in a timely and constructive manner, the most serious problems that students sometimes face can usually be avoided.
The aim of the review is not only to catch potential issues early. The APR is also an opportunity to provide positive feedback and assistance with the direction of candidature, even for students who are progressing well. We believe that all candidatures can benefit from some review, feedback and assistance on a regular basis.
We encourage students and supervisors to speak openly about both the challenges and achievements they are experiencing.
We also ask the student and supervisors to identify the milestones that are expected to be reached in the coming year. Some forward planning can help keep your degree on track to submitting your thesis on time. You should think realistically about the specifics of your own research project, but some typical milestones for a doctoral degree might include:
- Literature review complete by the end of the first year;
- Project proposal complete by the end of x months;
- x chapters by the end of 2 years;
- Final draft by 3.5 years;
- Thesis submitted for examination by end of 4th year.
The milestones will be reviewed by the APR panel, who may also suggest some action items to be done by the student, supervisor or the Faculty. These could include things like “meet with supervisor fortnightly (student and supervisor)”, “attend time management course at Sydney Learning (student)” , “arrange access to desk in write-up room”, or “vary candidature to part-time (faculty)”.