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Once admitted on a Doctorate Programme, each academic year all PhD students will formalise an enrolment form for the subject entitled ACADEMIC TUTELAGE. This subject will be assessed every year.
Every year both PhD student and his/her Supervisor will draw up reports (following the standard forms), which are confidential, and will submit them through SIGMA within the timeframes provided.
A follow-up and assessment of PhD student research will be completed by the Academic Committee or the corresponding Doctorate Programme, or by a panel designed by the Academic Committee.
The coordinators of doctorate programmes will forward the Academic Committee’s assessment, Positive or Negative, to be included in the PhD student’s academic record.
If a negative assessment is issued, the PhD student will be reassessed in the timeframes established for an extraordinary assessment. During this period, he/she will draft a new Research Plan complying with the requirements indicated in the Academic Committee’s report and register it through the University’s Sigma academic management system. If this second assessment is successfully completed, he/she will be allowed to enrol in the coming year. If the outcome of this second assessment is negative, the PhD student will be definitively deregistered from the programme.
Assessment deadlines for the 2017/2018 academic year
Enrolled in June 2018 (Groups XX11):
1st announcement: Delivery of reports until 30 April 2019. Assessment by the Programme’s Academic Committee, until 30 May 2019.
2nd announcement: Delivery of reports until 1 September 2019. Assessment by the Programme’s Academic Committee, until 30 September 2019.
Enrolled in October 2017 (Groups XX12 / XX22):
1st announcement: Delivery of reports until 1 September 2018. Assessment by the Programme’s Academic Committee, until 30 September 2018.
2nd announcement: Delivery of reports until 22 December 2018. Assessment by the Programme’s Academic Committee, until 30 January 2018.
Enrolled in February 2018 (Groups XX13 / XX23 / XX33):
1st announcement: Delivery of reports until 22 December 2018 Assessment by the Programme’s Academic Committee, until 30 January 2019
2nd announcement: Delivery of reports until 30 April 2019 Assessment by the Programme’s Academic Committee, until 30 May 2019
Content of the assessment of the “Academic Tutelage” subject:
In order to carry out this individualised follow-up, the Academic Committee will consider the following four documents: the Research Plan, the Activity Document, a report from the PhD student and a report from the supervisor, ratified by the tutor, where appropriate.
1. PhD student’s report
The PhD student will draft a confidential report to be submitted to the Academic Committee before each assessment date; it will be uploaded onto the Sigma platform, following these instructions. Instructions for attaching the Research Plan, Training activities and Annual Reports
2. Supervisor´s report
The supervisor of each thesis will issue a confidential report, which will be approved by the co-supervisor and tutor, in order to be presented to the Academic Committee before the applicable assessment date. This report will be uploaded onto the Sigma platform following these instructions: See instructions
- Whether the proposal is innovative or relevant, an aspect to be given extra weight if the planning is affected by temporary leave or changes in level of dedication.
- Whether the proposal is explained clearly.
- Whether the hypotheses or proposals for the study are clear, verifiable and may be carried out.
- Whether the objectives are clear and attainable.
- Whether the methodology is appropriate.
- Whether what is proposed is sufficient for a thesis; or conversely, whether the proposal is to cover a field that is too broad.
- Compliance with the educational activities included in the Doctorate Programme.
- Attendance at national or international congresses where the PhD student presents and defends the research being carried out, in the form of a communication or post.
- Stays with foreign or national research groups that are recognised internationally.
- Attendance at courses to improve knowledge and skills.
- Knowledge of foreign languages, particularly English (or a language appropriate for each area of research) as a language of scientific communication at international level.
- Periodic presentation of research by the PhD student to colleagues in the same group.
- The research capacity and autonomy of the PhD student.
- Active participation by the PhD Student in writing articles on the area of his or her research or with own contributions in collective works.
- Participation by the PhD Student in activities publicising the research targeted at the public in general.
- Participation in university teaching activities in the area of his or her research (in cases where this is available).
- Other activities that may contribute to the PhD student's studies that the Committee may consider worth taking into account.