Independent Chair Training

Independent Chair Training

For those taking on the role of chairing a viva

To be confirmed

14:00 - 15:30

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The use of Independent Chairs to oversee the PhD viva voce examination is increasingly common in the sector. At LJMU, Independent Chairs can play a crucial role in ensuring and witnessing that examinations are conducted fairly and in accordance with University regulations. This session outlines the role and responsibilities of the Independent Chair and allows participants to learn from ‘this really happened’ case studies.

The workshop will:

  1. Equip you with a detailed introduction to the requirements of the role;
  2. Help you to identify situations in which an Independent Chair might intervene in the examination process;
  3. Give you an understanding of the appeals and complaints process.

Who might attend?

The workshop is mandatory for anyone acting as an Independent Chair in a research degree examination. It may also be of interest to supervisors preparing doctoral candidates for assessment, or acting as internal examiners.

For more information contact DoctoralAcademy@ljmu.ac.uk