Confirmation of candidate and progress reports
During your candidature, you need to show that you are forging progress. For example, within the first 6 to 12 months, candidates should complete their confirmation of candidature: a supervision agreement, a research proposal, and an oral defence of their proposal. Furthermore, every year, they need to complete a progress report. If progress is not adequate, candidates might need to construct a plan that stipulates how they will accelerate their progress in the next three to six months. This set of resources helps you
- complete the confirmation of candidature and progress reports
- complete the other requirements, such as an oral presentation
- respond if your progress is deemed inadequate
As soon as possible, students and supervisors should construct a supervision agreement--a document that stipulates how the individuals should work together.
This document presents many clauses you could include in your supervision agreement. You should, together with your supervisor, decide which clauses to include or to modify. Record this agreement using the following form:
|If possible, your supervision panel should also include an end-user, someone from a government agency, corporation, or NGO who could benefit from this research. This person, for example, could facilitate networking and offer advice on how to improve the impact of this research.|
Research proposals and abstracts
Your main task during the confirmation of candidature is to draft and to submit a research proposal. To help you complete this task, please consider the following information.
|Documents to read||Content of documents|
|Demonstrates how to write abstracts--the first section of your research proposal|
|Stipulates the main contents of a research proposal|
During your candidature, you will need to complete oral presentations at some time. You might also participate in various competitions, such as visualise your thesis. To learn some validated but surprising insights on how to present confidently and convincingly, please consider the following materials.
|Materials to consider||Content of these materials|
|Informs supervisors how to organize the oral presentations--but also helps candidates understand how these presentations are evaluated|
|Imparts some helpful insights on how to present more effectively|
|Offers advice on how to succeed in a competition called Visualise your thesis--a one minute video that outlines your work|
|Presents examples of visual effects you can use in Microsoft Powerpoint to optimise your videos|
Progress reports and changes to your research
Each year, you and your principal supervisor will receive an email in which you will be asked to complete a progress report. For example, you will be prompted to include a plan of the activities you will complete, to record some challenges you experienced, and to evaluate the support you received. In addition, you may sometimes need to update your research or plans. In these instances, the following information is crucial.
|Documents to read||Content of these documents|
|If you plan to change your research in some way, you must read this document--especially if you are an international student or plan to change your project after the confirmation of candidature.|
|If your progress is deemed inadequate and you have been asked to construct a plan on how you will progress, read this document. That is, in these circumstances, you may be instructed to construct a plan that stipulates how you will progress in the next three to six months.|