The oral presentation provides students with the opportunity to present their proposed research for peer review. This would normally include the confirmation panel, peers from the relevant discipline and the wider university community.
The oral presentation will normally be followed by question time from attendees to provide the student with an opportunity to experience academic discussion of research work.
It is expected that expert and constructive advice from those in attendance at the oral presentation will be noted by the panel and may be provided for inclusion in the feedback to the student.
Special COVID-19 Arrangements for Confirmation Seminars
The Graduate Research School (GRS) is working to safely minimize any impact that COVID-19 has or will have on students’ progress. In order to facilitate that, and the social distancing the evidence indicates is the best way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, all Confirmation of Candidature (CoC) seminars due to be held in the coming weeks will be online only meetings via Zoom. No room bookings will be made for these sessions. This will be the case until the appropriate authorities have advised that social distancing protocols are no longer necessary.
If you do not already have Zoom installed on your computer, it is available here. Please note that you will need to have a PC or Mac with Internet access, a webcam, speakers, and a microphone. A headset that combines headphones and microphone will work too.
Zoom apps for iOS and Android devices are also available from the links below:
• Zoom for iOS
• Zoom for Android
If you intend to share a presentation from a smartphone or tablet, please ensure you have the PowerPoint app installed on that device and please contact the GRS at least two working days before the seminar to arrange a practice session.
• PowerPoint for iOS
• PowerPoint for Android
Details of each CoC’s Zoom session will be available within the relevant entries in your electronic calendars. Each session will start automatically, either at the time specified in the meeting invite or when the first participant enters the videoconference. If you cannot find the Zoom ID for the seminar you need/wish to attend, please let us know by return email.
The following resources will assist you if you are unfamiliar with the Zoom system:
• Joining a Meeting
• Sharing your Screen
If you and/or your student would like to schedule a practice session beforehand, please email the GRS on firstname.lastname@example.org with your request and we will schedule a time.
If you and/or your student are unable to attend your CoC session(s) via Zoom due to a lack of equipment, please contact the GRS as soon as possible.
If you and/or your student are unable to attend your CoC session(s) because you are unwell, please contact the GRS as soon as is practical after that becomes apparent.
The GRS will endeavour to make arrangements that ensure your seminar either happens when currently scheduled, or is rescheduled to a future date.