TAPs must be recorded via Skills Forge
The Supervisor and the Thesis Advisory Panel (TAP) monitor student progress.
Please see guidance on Departmental policy regarding supervision
In the Department, talk to one or some of the following people:
Outside of the Department:
Contact the Student Hub
Contact the GSA (Graduate Students’ Assoc.)
Normally, we expect a TAP to have two members of the University academic staff, at least one of these being from Biology. The industrial supervisor of a CASE or other jointly-supervised project should also be on the TAP.
The recommended number of TAP members is 3, with a maximum of 4; a case for exceptions to this limit can be made, for example, in the case of CASE/industrial supervisors, or highly multidisciplinary projects.
TAP membership allows for inclusion of independently-funded research fellows, as long as the second TAP member is a member of the academic staff with successful PhD supervisory experience.
The full TAP is required to attend the 3 month meeting. TAP meetings that coincide with Formal Reviews of Progress must include two TAP members or substitutes approved from the Director/Associate Director of BGSB.
Full attendance is preferable at the other meetings, but if this proves impractical, it is sufficient that the meeting should include the student, the main supervisor and one TAP member who is a member of the academic staff in the Biology Department. Virtual meetings are aceptable with prior approval from the Director/Associate Director of BGSB.
Three month TAP: A 2,000 word (maximum) report outlining plans and first experiments. The student's report is due at least one week before the TAP meeting, and the meeting should take place within the first three months of the project.
Nine month TAP: A 1,000 word (maximum) report on recent achievements, a first draft of some part of the thesis, and a timetable for completion of the thesis. To ensure that the experimental programme is on course for completion within 12 months.
TAP members are asked to discuss supervision with the student once the supervisor/s has left the room. This form is completed and returned by the student to Biology Student Services, B/T008.
A 1 hour meeting focused on the student’s progress and plans, with: A 10 min presentation by the student covering work completed since the last TAP meeting.
With questions and discussion this is be expected to extend beyond 10 minutes, but it provides an indication of length and number of slides to be used (10-15).
Review of Supervision Meeting between the student and independent TAP members and with the supervisors out of the room.
Complete a hard copy of the Review of Supervision Form (this should be handed in to BGSO in the Student Services Office, B/T008). Skillsforge TAP form completed and submitted at the end of the meeting. Understandably, if there are particular issues or student needs, the meeting would extended.