The Annual Progress Review – stress, panic, tears & anger

Read my guest post on the Annual Review Process over on PhdWomenScot.

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Michelle K Jamieson

So, it’s that time of year again – unfortunately not holiday time for a lot of us – no. It’s that time of year when the PhD annual progress reviews start to kick into gear.

I can’t speak for everyone, but it’s safe to say that personally, my experience of my 1st year Annual Progress Review was a terrifying one. Trial by fire I think only scratches the surface. I had only a rough idea of what it would involve outside the work I had to produce for it (in my dept. it was a 20 min presentation to the department, 10 mins of questions, a roughly 10,000-word report on progress, and a meeting with an external and my supervisors). This I had been told, was far more rigorous a process than some of my peers had been through. One friend described hers as a “10-minute chat…

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