Progress reporting Progress reporting

Schools are required to monitor student progress regularly throughout their programme. University regulations require that each supervisory team reports their students' progress to the Board of the School or delegated committee at least once each year, including during the ‘registration only' period. The outcome of these annual reports is considered at School, Faculty and University levels each year.

At the appropriate time The Postgraduate Research Service (PGR Service) will send students and supervisors notification that it is time to complete the annual review of progress report form, however students and supervisory teams should not wait for these reminders to hold meetings.

An overview of the progress reporting process within SCI, including probationary review and School specific requirements for the annual research report and interim review of progress meetings, can be found here.

Probationary Review

From 1 October 2015 the status of postgraduate research candidates on the following programmes will be probationary: PhD, MPhil, Master’s by Research, MD. This probationary status will continue until the candidate has undertaken and passed a formal assessment during their first year which will occur at the Annual Progress Review meeting. Students intending to graduate with a PhD will all need to be registered as probationary PhD candidates rather than as MSc by Research or MPhil candidates. Schools cannot approve the transfer of MPhil or MSc by Reserach candidates to the PhD programme.

Further guidance is in the Research Policy Documents 'Section 12 - Guidance on Probationary Review' which can be found at

PGR monthly supervision meetings

Postgraduate research students* complete a monthly eVision task to record details of their supervisory meeting(s) held in the previous month

The task is compulsory for those on Tier 4 student visas and those funded by AHRC CHASE and recommended for all others particulary for a month where an interim review of progress meeting has been held*.

* excluding those based at the Norwich Bioscience Institutes* and the University of Suffolk.

Further information for students and and supervisors can be found at