The role of the Chairperson is to facilitate a discussion with the candidate, the advisory team and the Readers to determine if the candidate is developing the attributes that are desirable in a graduate of The University of Queensland, as outlined in the UQ Higher Degree by Research Candidate Charter, and whether the research project is feasible and of sufficient scope for a MPhil/PhD degree.

As the Chair, you need to be affiliated with UQ and have prior experience on milestone review panels, as you need to be familiar with the milestone process. While understanding of the topic will be useful, expertise is not a requirement, as this is the responsibility of the Readers. Ideally, you will be available to Chair all three milestones for this candidate over the period of their candidature, including the oral exam following their thesis submission. 

If you have any question about the process, or any issues arise, please contact the relevant DRT or HLOs (contact details are provided on the first page of the S3 document).

3. On the day of the milestone

The Candidate will present a seminar of between 20 and 25 minutes in length. Following the presentation members of the audience will be given the opportunity to ask questions. All those people who are not members of the advisory team or review team will be asked to leave. 

Then the Candidate and Advisory team will meet with the review committee to discuss and work through any issues. It is the Chairperson’s responsibility to offer the candidate an opportunity to speak to the review committee members without the Advisor/s present, and to offer the Advisor/s an opportunity to speak to the committee without the candidate present.

During this time, please follow up on any issues raised by either the candidate or the advisors in the S1 and S2 forms that you received earlier (please respect the confidentiality of any comments made, particularly those that could be taken in a negative context).