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Progress logs are for students and supervisors to complete over the period of a course to show that all requirements have been met. The log will record attendance at supervisions, skills training etc. It will also be a vehicle for personal development planning*. The document belongs to the student and he or she must keep it up to date, but it will routinely be seen by the supervisor.

At the end of each twelve months, there is normally a formal meeting with the supervisor and a joint progress report will be entered in the log. The local co-ordinator will also ask to see the log at this time to check that attendance requirements have been met.

The progress log should also be an up to date record of training needs and requirements of graduate students. It will help to plan training and to record the outcomes. The information accumulated will prove helpful when writing CVs and applying for jobs, and will form part of the student 'Personal Development Plan'.

This log forms part of the supervision reports under the CGSRS, the University's online reporting system.

See also the recommendations in the QAA Code of practice for the assurance of academic quality and standards in higher education, section 9:

A Personal Development Plan is "a means by which students can monitor, build and reflect upon their personal development" (National Committee of Inquiry in Higher Education, 1997). Supported by the Government and Higher Education Institutions, the primary objective of Personal Development Planning is to help students:

  • become more effective, independent and confident self-directed learners;
  • understand how they are learning and relate their learning to a wider context;
  • improve their general skills for study and career management;
  • articulate personal goals and evaluate progress towards their achievement;
  • and encourage a positive attitude to learning throughout life.


A sample progress log is provided below, for guidance: