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).

4. Make a recommendation

In consultation with the Reader/s, make a recommendation as to whether or not the Candidate has met the requirements of the milestone as listed on the S3. 

The S3 form contains a scoring matrix to help decide if the UQ graduate attributes are being attained by the candidate, and some questions regarding the research project. Please make any additional comments in the freeform boxes at the end of the S3. The contents of that document will constitute the Review Committee’s written feedback to the candidate.  Please also relay the Committee’s recommendation verbally to the candidate (noting that this recommendation is not final until approved by a Director of Research Training (DRT)) and discuss any major issues with them, so that there can be no misinterpretation of written comments.

Send the completed S3 to within 1 week of the milestone review. This will then be reviewed by the relevant DRT who ultimately decides whether the milestone is approved, based on your recommendations in the S3.