Preparing for the First Year Progression (webinar) (Faculty of Science only)
Duration 1 hour 30 minutes
Team Researcher Academy

This course is a hybrid course (where in-person and online teaching occurs simultaneously). If you would prefer to register for the face to face version of this course then please book your place by visiting: 

This online course is run by the Researcher Academy as part of the Faculty of Science Training Programme

Target Audience: This course is for postgraduate research students in the Faculty of Science. This includes the Schools of Pharmacy, Psychology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematical Sciences, Biosciences and Computer Sciences ONLY.


This webinar will include a presentation from Professor Richard Graham (Researcher Academy Associate Dean/Researcher Academy Faculty Lead) and will provide information on the end of first year Progression Viva. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and receive some general tips regarding this process.

This session is relevant only to first year research students registered in the Faculty of Science. The content is not relevant to students at other stages of their doctorate or those outside of this faculty.

Aims/ Objectives:

This course will provide you with some general tips to enable you to be better prepared for your first year progression viva.

By the end of the session, you will have:

  • considered the main purposes of the progression viva
  • an understanding of the viva process and progression criteria
  • had an opportunity to ask general questions with a senior academic in the faculty
  • understood how to use the viva to aim your development as a researcher.
Process: Webinar via Teams

Course Accessibility

The following table shows a summary of what is needed to participate in the course. 

If you feel you will experience any difficulties participating, please let us know via the ‘special requirements’ tab, providing as much information as possible. The special requirements tab can be completed when you book your place. Alternatively, you can contact us directly at

Access MS Teams
Attend the course at the specified date and time
Use the MS Teams chat box function
Watch and listen to the course tutor(s) and/or other attendees
Follow presentation slides during the course

Booking Conditions 

Our webinars/ online courses are very popular, especially in the current period and we are experiencing large volumes of people on our waiting lists.  

Please do let us know if you would like to cancel your place on this course so we can offer your place to another delegate. 

Please note, attendances for courses will be recorded. There are no training points associated with courses run by the Researcher Academy.


Webinar Access Instructions 

This session may be recorded. If a recording is kept of the session, then please note, that it may be made available to the wider University of Nottingham researcher community.

This is an online session within Microsoft Teams. On the day of the session please use the link in this email to join the meeting.

Please do not click the link in this email until the day of the session. You will need a headset or speakers for the webinar and we recommend that you join 10 minutes before the webinar is due to start so that you can test them.

Please mute your microphone, switch off your webcam and open the chat box function as you join the Teams meeting. Any questions can be asked via the chat box. 


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