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Latest Updates for PGR Students

Here are the latest updates for PGR students


The Assessments have changed their names

The Initial Registration Assessment is now called the First Progress Assessment and the Doctoral Review Assessment is now called the Second Progress Assessment.  The assessments themselves are exactly the same, we have just changed the names for clarity.



#Red4Research is Back

#Red4Research Day was on Friday 16th June 2023 and brought together all those participating, supporting, and undertaking research. On the front line and behind the scenes incredible research teams collectively work on health and social care research. The R&D community is innovative, flexible and dynamic. Research doesn’t just happen though, people make it happen – research participants, patients, professionals, volunteers and regulatory bodies all collectively working together.

The University of Hertfordshire supported this year’s campaign. To find out more, please visit the R&D Forum website to get involved. 


PGR Conference

The 2023 PGR Conference took place on Friday 9th June in the Forum Theatre on the College Lane Campus.  We had two key note speakers, the 3 Minute Thesis finals and a Poster competition - we hope you all enjoyed it and found it useful and interesting.


2023 Summer BBQ

We loved seeing so many of you at the BBQ in June - do get in touch with us if you have any comments for future social events -



1. Can I still have my assessment meeting or final examination viva online or face to face?

Assessment meetings and final examination vivas can take place online or face to face.  For final examination vivas, arrangements will be made through the Doctoral College on MSTeams or face to face.  Please contact for information and queries.  When organising a final viva online, please ensure Doctoral College support is available before finalising the date.  For assessments, these will be organised by your supervision team.

2. How do I submit for final examination?

Please email a PDF of your final submission to and complete your candidate declaration form on RSMS.

3. How can I arrange supervision?

Please contact your supervision team to arrange scheduled support.  This can be by email, phone or online, such as having meetings on MSTeams, zoom, etc, if you're unable to meet face to face.  Don't forget, you can make notes of meetings with agreed actions on RSMS.

4. Where do I go to get help?

The Doctoral College community are here to help - for example, your supervision team, Research Tutor, Director of the Doctoral College and her Associate Directors, as well as the Doctoral College central team.  The University also has avenues of support: 

Student Wellbeing Services

Office of the Dean of Students 



Would you like to represent your fellow PGR students and take forward issues and comments to the Doctoral College senior management?  Would you like to contact a student rep?  Our AskHerts page is here. Whether you would like to be a rep or not, you are welcome to attend our meetings.   Please contact us on with any queries.  You can also contact your Reps on your PGR Community Microsoft Teams site, on the dedicated Student Forum channel!