Formal Assessment Interview Guidelines

The annual progress review process helps to assess your progress in relation to your stage of study. The formal assessment interview is an important part of this process.

The interview provides:

  • An opportunity for you and panel to discuss all aspects of work and achievements for the session in relation to:
    • Research progress
    • Laboratory skills
    • Written expression of ideas
    • Presentation and verbal skills
    • Development activities
    • Capacity for original ideas
    • Ability to organise own time and tasks
    • Understanding of relevant literature
    • Development of research plan/thesis structure
  • An opportunity for you and the panel to discuss any issues about your research experience
  • Feedback to you on your research, personal development and performance

Panel Membership and Remit

  • You will have a panel interview with two people.
  • Your advisor/2nd supervisor and another person must be present.
  • This can be an academic or a senior postdoc.

The aim of the interview is to discuss your work in a panel situation and provide feedback on progress.

The panel interview forms part of the annual progress report and presentation. The interview provides a formal outlet for an important aspect of training. As such, it can function as an alternative to the normal assessor/advisor meeting or as a mock viva.