Readers are an essential part of the review panel and Milestone process. Readers can be anyone who has a good knowledge of the area of research of the Candidate, so long as they are not part of the same immediate group as the Candidate or Principal Advisor, or part of the advisory team.

  1. You will be approached by the Candidate or their advisory team, asking if you are prepared to act as a Reader for the Milestone review.
  2. Once you have indicated your willingness to participate, you will be sent the documentation prepared by the Candidate, together with a link to the Readers guide for the type of questions that we would like you to address at each milestone. 
  3. Please read the Candidate’s written document and provide some written feedback. Things to consider when preparing the written feedback for each milestone level are detailed below. If the feedback is extensive, or you identify major issues with the document, please send that feedback to the candidate, the advisory team and the Chair of the milestone committee (cc’d to the HLO) at least one week prior to the Milestone meeting, to give the candidate time to consider your comments.  
  4. On the day of the milestone review, the Candidate will present a seminar, and then the Candidate and Advisory team will meet with the review committee so that any issues can be discussed and worked through. You will then assist the Chair of the milestone committee in completing the Milestone-specific S3 form (Chair’s report) document, and discuss the outcome of the review with the candidate.

3. Things to consider when reading a Thesis Review Milestone document

  • Based on the work submitted, do you anticipate that the candidate will be able produce a thesis of acceptable quality within 3 months (for PhD) or 1.5 months (for MPhil)? When considering this question, please keep in mind the questions that Thesis Examiners are asked:
    • Does the thesis demonstrate a significant and original contribution to knowledge (PhD) or show originality in the application of knowledge (MPhil)?
    • Does the thesis engage with the literature and the work of others?
    • Does the thesis show an advanced knowledge of research principles and methods relating to the applicable discipline?
    • Is there a clear and discernible coherence in the presented research, its arguments and conclusions?
    • Is the thesis convincingly written?
  • Is there a clear timeline to completion?
  • Are there any factors hindering progress?