Annual Progress Reviews

A requirement of continued enrolment in research degrees (Masters and PhD) at UNSW is that all full-time and part-time candidates participate in a formal review of their progress in each year of their candidature. Annual reviews are designed to help you to complete your research degree on time by providing you with quality feedback on your research, and identifying and remedying any problems that may be hindering the progress of your work.

Ongoing enrolment in the PhD program is contingent upon satisfactory completion of your Annual Progress Review.

APR for Confirming Students

Annual Progress Reviews in the School of the Arts and Media

For your review you are required to

  1. submit written work
  2. complete an online Annual Progress Review (APR) form
  3. do an oral presentation
  4. attend a review meeting 
  5. confirm your review.

1. What you need to submit for your review

  • A half-page report itemising what you have achieved in your project over the past 12 months. This is the same as ‘B2’ on the APR form.
  • A half-page outline of key objectives and milestones for the next 12 months.
  • A current thesis abstract.
  • A current thesis chapter outline that conveys how the argument of the thesis will be articulated in each chapter.
  • A detailed timeline for completion that indicates the state of progress (researched, drafted, revised or polished) of each chapter and gives a schedule for how you intend to complete the outstanding work on each chapter in the remaining time of your candidature.
  • A 7,000-word thesis proposal. Please see the Framework for Research Proposal, which provides guidelines for writing your proposal. SAM Guidelines to Propsal

Please download the APR form below:

APR Form

You should submit documents for the review through the online GRIS System (https://gris.unsw.edu.au/login), as student attachments to the APR form.

2. Online Annual Progress Review Form

Your annual progress review form is available through the online GRIS System (https://gris.unsw.edu.au/login). You must complete your Review Form. This will ensure your supervisor can complete their section ahead of the review.

3. Review Presentation

In addition to the written submission and review meeting, you will be required to make a 10-minute oral presentation. Your presentation should give a concise summary of the proposed thesis, its argument and your key research questions. You should also provide an outline of your methodology, and indicate how the thesis promises to make an original contribution to knowledge in your field. The presentation will be made in front of staff and other postgraduate students in the School. Wherever possible, your supervisors and members of the review panel should be present. Following your presentation, five minutes will be allocated to discussion. Developing your presentation skills is an important part of research training.

4. Review Meeting

The review meeting will take approximately 35-45 minutes.

  • During the first 15-20 minutes the panel and supervisors will ask questions about the progress of your project. This is an opportunity to practise the verbal formulation of the thesis’s content in response to specific queries, like a mini “viva” or “defence” giving the panel an opportunity to judge your intellectual control over your material. Staff will appraise your work and make suggestions. Copies of written feedback from your co-supervisor and reader will be uploaded to the online system and made available after the review.
  • 10 minutes. You will have an opportunity to address the panel in confidence about supervision without your supervisors being present. The School is committed to monitoring the supervisory process, so if you have any concerns or issues, please take this opportunity to do so. Alternatively, if you have any issues you would like to raise prior to the meeting, please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator.
  • 10 minutes. The panel is required to make a decision on your progress. If your progress is not deemed ‘satisfactory’ a follow-up review will be recommended for the purposes of reassessment in 1-6 months time. The panel will set clear goals to be met by the follow-up review date.

5. Record of Review

Following the review, your completed APR form will be published online. You will be notified of the outcome of your review by email and should review the panel's written feedback on your form.  

For more information on University policy on Annual Progress Reviews and confirmation of candidature, please refer to the following link to the Graduate Research School (GRS) website:

http://www.grs.unsw.edu.au/currentstudents/progress.html

APR for Continuing Students

Annual Progress Reviews in the School of the Arts and Media

For your review you are required to:

  1. submit written work
  2. complete an online Annual Progress Review (APR) form
  3. attend a review meeting
  4. confirm your review

1. What you need to submit for your review.

  • A half-page report itemising what you have achieved in your project over the past 12 months. This is the same as ‘B2’ on the APR form. Before you write this, please consult your last APR Form and check what you have pledged to do and what the Panel’s recommendations were.
  • A half-page outline of key objectives and milestones for the next 12 months.
  • A current thesis abstract.
  • A current thesis chapter outline that conveys how the argument of the thesis will be articulated in each chapter.
  • A detailed timeline for completion that indicates the state of progress (researched, drafted, revised or polished) of each chapter and gives a schedule for how you intend to complete the outstanding work on each chapter in the remaining time of your candidature.
  • 7,000 polished words of one completed milestone item. Your finished milestone may contain more content. However, the readers will only be assessing up to 7,000 words.

Please download the APR Form below:

APR Form

You should submit documents for the review through the online GRIS System (https://gris.unsw.edu.au/login), as student attachments to the APR form.

2. Online Annual Progress Review Form

Your annual progress review form is available through the online GRIS System (https://gris.unsw.edu.au/login). You must complete your Review Form. This will ensure your supervisor can complete their section ahead of the review.

3. Review Meeting

The review meeting will take approximately 35-45 minutes.

  • During the first 15-20 minutes the panel and supervisors will ask questions about the progress of your project. This is an opportunity to practise the verbal formulation of the thesis’s content in response to specific queries, like a mini “viva” or “defence” giving the panel an opportunity to judge your intellectual control over your material. Staff will appraise your work and make suggestions. Copies of written feedback from your co-supervisor and reader will be uploaded to the online system and made available after the review.
  • 10 minutes. You will have an opportunity to address the panel in confidence about supervision without your supervisors being present. The School is committed to monitoring the supervisory process, so if you have any concerns or issues, please take this opportunity to do so. Alternatively, if you have any issues you would like to raise prior to the meeting, please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator.
  • 10 minutes. The panel is required to make a decision on your progress. If your progress is not deemed ‘satisfactory’ a follow-up review will be recommended for the purposes of reassessment in 1-6 months time. The panel will set clear goals to be met by the follow-up review date.

4. Record of Review

Following the review, your completed APR form will be published online. You will be notified of the outcome of your review by email and should review the panel's written feedback on your form.

For more information on University policy on Annual Progress Reviews and confirmation of candidature, please refer to the following link to the Graduate Research School (GRS) website:

http://www.grs.unsw.edu.au/currentstudents/progress.html

APR for Masters Students

Annual Progress Reviews in the School of the Arts and Media

For your review you are required to

  1. submit written work
  2. complete an online Annual Progress Review (APR) form
  3. attend a review meeting
  4. confirm your review.

1. What you need to submit for your review.

A half-page report itemising what you have achieved in your project over the past 12 months. This is the same as ‘B2’ on the APR form. Before you write this, please consult your last APR Form and check what you have pledged to do and what the Panel’s recommendations were.

  • A half-page outline of key objectives and milestones for the next 12 months.
  • A current thesis abstract.
  • A current thesis chapter outline that conveys how the argument of the thesis will be articulated in each chapter.
  • A detailed timeline for completion that indicates the state of progress (researched, drafted, revised or polished) of each chapter and gives a schedule for how you intend to complete the outstanding work on each chapter in the remaining time of your candidature.
  • 7,000 polished words of one completed milestone item. Your finished milestone may contain more content. However, the readers will only be assessing up to 7,000 words.

You should submit documents for the review through the online GRIS System (https://gris.unsw.edu.au/login), as student attachments to the APR form.

2. Online Annual Progress Review Form

Your annual progress review form is available through the online GRIS System (https://gris.unsw.edu.au/login). You must complete your Review Form. This will ensure your supervisor can complete their section ahead of the review.

3. Review Meeting

The review meeting will take approximately 35-45 minutes.

  • During the first 15-20 minutes the panel and supervisors will ask questions about the progress of your project. This is an opportunity to practise the verbal formulation of the thesis’s content in response to specific queries, like a mini “viva” or “defence” giving the panel an opportunity to judge your intellectual control over your material. Staff will appraise your work and make suggestions. Copies of written feedback from your co-supervisor and reader will be uploaded to the online system and made available after the review.
  • 10 minutes. You will have an opportunity to address the panel in confidence about supervision without your supervisors being present. The School is committed to monitoring the supervisory process, so if you have any concerns or issues, please take this opportunity to do so. Alternatively, if you have any issues you would like to raise prior to the meeting, please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator.
  • 10 minutes. The panel is required to make a decision on your progress. If your progress is not deemed ‘satisfactory’ a follow-up review will be recommended for the purposes of reassessment in 1-6 months time. The panel will set clear goals to be met by the follow-up review date.

4. Record of Review

Following the review, your completed APR form will be published online. You will be notified of the outcome of your review by email and should review the panel's written feedback on your form.

For more information on University policy on Annual Progress Reviews and confirmation of candidature, please refer to the following link to the Graduate Research School (GRS) website:

http://www.grs.unsw.edu.au/currentstudents/progress.html

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