• Assessor – An assessor will assist the Boards of Examiners with setting and marking examinations within departments. Find out more about assessors [pdf].
  • CID – College Identifier
  • DPS – Director of Postgraduate Studies. This person is responsible for overall postgraduate education in your department. Find out more about the DPS [pdf].
  • ESR – Early Stage Review. This is the first major review of your work, and takes place around 9 months into your research degree. Find out more about the ESR.
  • GTA – Graduate Teaching Assistant. This is a PhD student involved with the teaching, supervision and assessment of undergraduate and Master’s students. Find out more about GTAs [pdf].
  • H&S – Health and Safety
  • LSR – Late Stage Review. This takes place around 18-24 months into your research. Find out more about the LSR.
  • PGR - Postgraduate Research
  • Postgraduate Tutor - a postgraduate tutor is a source of pastoral support for Master’s level and postgraduate research students in their department. Find out more about postgraduate tutors [pdf].
  • RPC - Research Plan Confirmation. This is the process of getting your research plan approved at the beginning of your degree.
  • SID – School/Institute/Department
  • Supervisor –The key role of a research degree supervisor is to assist and support a student throughout their academic studies. Find out more about supervisors [pdf].
  • Viva voce – often referred to as "viva", this is part of the PGR assessment. The viva is a verbal defence of your thesis. Your thesis demonstrates your ability to put forward your argument in writing, and the viva demonstrates your ability to participate in academic discussion with research colleagues. Find out more about the viva.