Frequently Asked Questions on Thesis Submission and Resubmission Frequently Asked Questions on Thesis Submission and Resubmission

I’m due to submit my thesis soon – what do I do?

Until further notice, and at least until 31 December 2020, we can only accept electronic thesis submissions (either by email or by OneDrive) so you do not need to submit either a soft-bound or a hard-bound copy of your thesis. Please ask for an electronic receipt to confirm your thesis has been received. You should email/OneDrive your submitted thesis both to your usual Graduate School team email address and to (as a backup). There is a 10MB limit on most email systems, and zip files attached to emails will be automatically blocked.

I need an extension to my thesis submission or resubmission deadline as a consequence of COVID-19, what can I do?

If you think you will need an extension, please read this page.

Frequently Asked Questions on Vivas Frequently Asked Questions on Vivas

How will my viva take place?

Vivas due to be held before 31 December 2020 will be expected to be held by videoconference. This is in line with the July 2020 announcement in which UEA staff have been asked to work from home wherever possible until the end of 2020, to keep campus safer for those who need to be on site. This approach also helps protect vivas against disruption from future local lockdowns: both for Norwich and for any location from or through which a candidate or examiner might need to travel.

Where a candidate is not willing/able to have a remote viva (including disabled candidates whose disabilities mean that videoconferencing is not a good option) but can attend for a face-to-face viva, we can advise examiners on how a face-to-face viva can be held on the UEA campus or at the Institutes. A suitable room will need to be booked well in advance to allow 2m distancing, and all participants will need to secure temporary access and engage with all appropriate risk assessment and safety measures in place at the time.

A new, streamlined process has been introduced to approve holding vivas by videoconference. The important thing for candidates is that you have to provide your written consent to the arrangements - by email is fine. Details of the new process and updated viva guidance are on our web site. If you have any questions, please contact your supervisors or PGR Service team.

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