This article will explain the role of an Independent Chair within the examination process of Postgraduate Research Students.

The role of an Independent Chair is to chair and maintain a record of the examination and assist the examiners in following University procedures for the conduct of viva voce examinations. The Independent Chair appointed will be a member of University of Portsmouth staff who is not from your Department. They must not have been involved in your research at any stage.

An Independent Chair does not act as an additional examiner and is not involved in the decision making process. It is not necessary for them to receive a copy of the thesis; however they may request a copy.