Handbook for PhD Students
This PhD Handbook serves a dual purpose: it describes the research methodology of our group and gives general advice to students, and it sets out standards and processes which all students in the group are expected to strive for.
Besides the annual review milestones required by the School, I use a combination of short-term and long-term criteria to assess your progress:
- After each individual meeting, we usually agree on a set of tasks to work on until the following meeting. When we meet again, you tell me about your progress on these tasks, giving me a an indication of your short-term progress.
- In the long-term, your PhD research objectives are an important indicator of your progress. How much closer are you now to achieving your research objectives than you were at the start of your PhD?
- Your PhD timeline charts also provide an indication of your progress. They show me the things you've been doing and whether you use your time effectively.
In addition to the above, I also monitor how you develop your soft skills: the quality of your writing and verbal communication, how you handle feedback and criticism, your ability to give research talks, how you work with others in the group, etc.