19 MARCH 2020: UPDATED GUIDANCE ON VIVAS VIA VIDEOCONFERENCING
With effect from 19 March 2020 Alastair Grant, the University's Academic Director of UEA Doctoral College, has approved the following streamlined online viva approval process. A concessions form will no longer be required.
- The candidate’s written consent (via email is acceptable) to viva arrangements by videoconferencing.
- The written agreement (via email is acceptable) of an Independent Chair who is going to be on the videoconferencing call. They do not need to be from the same School or Faculty so long as they are in a broadly similar discipline.
These requests will be approved as quickly as possible, especially if it is urgent.
National guidance strongly recommends using an Independent Chair for vivas held by videoconference. The Independent Chair's role is to enable the examiners to focus on the academic issues, and ensure that the candidate is not disadvantaged by the format. It will, therefore, only be possible for a viva to proceed without an Independent Chair in exceptional circumstances.
Please note that 'Research Degree Policy Document Section 9 - The Role of the Independent Chair' and the 'Guidance on the use of videoconferencing or Skype (or equivalent) for an oral examination' both still need to be followed and are available via our "PGR Examinations" webpage at: https://portal.uea.ac.uk/postgraduate-research/examinations.
UPDATE 25 MARCH 2020: The approval will stand if the date of the viva needs to be changed, so no further request is needed if this happens. However, please let the relevant Graduate School team know of any date change so they are aware of which vivas are happening when.
23 MARCH 2020: UPDATED GUIDANCE ON PROBATIONARY REVIEW MEETINGS VIA VIDEOCONFERENCING
New guidance is available - please see our PGR Annual Progress and Probationary Review webpage.