Video streaming for a final research degree oral examination (research students)

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, arrangements have been made to allow transfer and final vivas to take place by video streaming. All parties can attend the viva remotely, which can be carried out by video-streaming.

The policy was introduced in March 2020, to enable the University to continue to support PGRs through the transfer and final thesis examination process. 

Also provided is a Hints, tips and good practice document, which has been collated from feedback from internal examiners, independent chairs and PGRs who have completed an all-video-streaming viva since March 2020.  This document also includes details of the ODPL training available to Internal Examiners and PGRs for a video-streamed viva.

From January 2021, the requirement for an Independent Chair for an online final viva has been withdrawn, where the examining team is otherwise experienced. An independent chair can still be appointed for an online viva, on request from the examining team, and a Chair will still required by the University under the established (pre- Covid-19) position where it will the internal examiner’s first PGR examination or a second viva on resubmission. A chair will not be required for a transfer viva.

PGRs are advised to contact Disability Services at the earliest opportunity to discuss any reasonable adjustments and/or additional support that may be needed for an online transfer or final viva. Further advice can be found in the document below.

Documents for a video-streamed transfer or final viva

Hints, tips and good practice for video-streaming transfer and final examination

Independent Chair for an online final viva – guidance and form

Reasonable adjustments for PGR assessments

Policy on video streaming for a research degree final oral examination