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Mid-candidature Check on Progress

A PhD ‘Warrant of Fitness’ has been developed to assist candidates to take stock mid-way through their PhD to see if they are on track for completion:

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1Topic sorted: you know what your topic is and you have a research question(s)
2Your research is where it should be (e.g. literature review underway, theoretical framework and/or methods are sorted, ethics has been approved, data are being collected & analysed etc.)
3A working Supervisory Agreement is in place
4You have been confirmed (or if not, you know what you need to do)
5Communication with your supervisor(s) is good and progress meetings are honest and open
6You have an outline of your thesis chapters and a REALISTIC timeline for completion
7You have done a presentation of your research
8International conference – plan that “freebie”
9You are thinking about possible careers after your PhD and the skills needed, and are seeking out relevant professional development opportunities
10You are starting to establish professional networks
11Writing is on track and you have a sense of your findings and the implications
12Publications: you have published or have a plan to publish
13Thesis formatting and referencing are under control
(14)For internationals – you know about the rules re visas/ deferral/ scholarships/writing up from home