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Note that the student is not required to present experimental results at this point, although the confirmation panel will seek reassurance that an experimental programme is well underway. The literature review and the supervisors report on Skillforge SkillsForge have to be presented to the panel at least 7 days before the meeting to give the panel sufficient time to review them.

The confirmation panel may question the student about the status of data collection as well as issues arising from the literature review and presentation. Feedback from the panel on the literature review may be provided in written form (i.e., electronic comments on the document) or orally during the meeting. The goal of this meeting is to confirm that the student is capable of performing at the level expected of a postgraduate researcher and that they are likely to meet the challenges of the next two years. The Progression panel/TAP panel will provide the student and supervisor with formal feedback on the student’s performance after the meeting recorded on skillforgeSkillsForge.

At 21 months:

Written evidence (including supervisor report) must be submitted at least one week 
before the meeting. 
The student will present a written report of an empirical study, written in the style of a journal article and a revized version of the literature review that has taken into account the comment from the progression panel from the first progression meeting. The student will also present a plan for the remainder of the PhD period, e.g., data to be collected, analyses to be run. This should include a plan for writing up and submitting the thesis within three years. The supervisor will be asked to provide a progress report on the student’s performance. The meeting style will be similar to that of a viva, to allow the student to be more familiar with the viva format. 

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  1.  Literature Survey - which should be quite comprehensive and will form the basis for the first chapter of the thesis
  2. written report of the first empirical study, written in the style of a journal article. NB It is acceptable to use a paper that has been prepared together with co-authors for submission to a journal, and/or that utilises data acquired by others, as long as the PhD student did the bulk of the analysis and writing, and as long as the text clearly states the contribution of other researchers.
  3.  A detailed plan for the remainder of the PhD period, e.g., data to be collected, analyses to be run. This should include a plan for writing up and submitting the thesis within three years.
  4.  They should also have a pass mark on all of the core training modules (see above) unless student is exempt 

    The confirmation panel may question the student about the status of data collection as well as issues arising from the empirical study and presentation. The goal of this meeting is to confirm that the student is capable of performing at the level expected of a postgraduate researcher and that they are likely to meet the challenges of completing their experiments and writing a thesis by end of their third year. The Progression panel/TAP panel will provide the student and supervisor with formal feedback on the student’s performance after the meeting recorded on skillforgeSkillsForge.

Note that the student is now required to present experimental results at this point, with the confirmation panel seeking reassurance that an experimental programme is well finished by the end of year 3. The literature review revised version, written report of an empirical study and the supervisors report on Skillforge SkillsForge have to be presented to the panel at least 7 days before the meeting to give the panel sufficient time to review them.

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