Annual Progress Reports and Minutes

  • During the year each postgraduate research student will be required to complete an Annual Progress Report for the Postgraduate Student Administration Unit. These reports enable the student, supervisor and the Faculty to monitor the progress of the project and to address any issues that may be hampering progress.
  • In addition to and in association with the progress reports, each year students will be interviewed by two members of the academic staff, including one Research Committee member. This interview provides another opportunity to voice any concerns or ask questions of the members. If you wish, a postgraduate representative or a fellow student can attend the interview.
  • The interviews normally take place during October and are compulsory.
  • You will be contacted to arrange an interview.

Faculty Seminars

During semester the Faculty hosts seminars on Fridays at 12 noon. These seminars range from final PhD seminars to presentations by visiting academics. Attendance at these seminars is strongly encouraged.

Postgraduate Seminars and Presentations

All PhD students are expected to present a talk on their progress each year, either as a commencing, mid-candidature or completing student. The aim of these presentations is to enable students the opportunity of presenting their work to colleagues in a public forum. Commencing students will give a short presentation to their Discipline, Mid-candidature students will present at an annual Postgraduate Research Student Conference in September and completing students will give a longer presentation at a Faculty Seminar.

How to obtain journal articles

You can obtain journal articles online if our university library has subscribed to the journal. For a database of journals or the journals themselves the following sites can be accessed.

If the Fisher Library does not have the article, book or chapter you want you may be able to obtain it by using the “Interlibrary Loans and Document Delivery” service. See

Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS)

The PRSS is a University scheme established to provide direct support for currently enrolled postgraduate research students. Under the scheme, the Faculty is allocated funds based on the higher degree research enrolment figures in the previous year.

The Faculty then allocates funds to eligible applicants on a competitive basis according to the University's general guidelines. Funding may be sought to help finance the attendance of conferences, visits to specialist facilities, thesis production expenses etc. You will be sent eligibility criteria and detailed information on how to apply for PRSS in April each year.