Confirmation of Candidature Checklist

By Debbie Mulligan

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• Ensure your Ethics application and any other paperwork is completed
• Choose the panel members carefully if you have a say in it – ask around
• Check blogs eg. Thesis Whisperer for support
• Ask colleagues how they went
• Attend a few other c of c sessions so that you know the procedure and you can pick up tips
• Practise, practise, practise keeping to the allotted time


• Ensure you have the location and the time embedded in your memory
• Meet with supervisors
• Check out the room prior to the day. Note lectern (or lack thereof), where you can position your laptop (on a table? is it near a power outlet?), where you will stand to deliver your speech?
• Talk to the Faculty Research support and tell them if you want/need to make any adjustments to the room
• Think about room layout- do you want your chairs in a circle for a more informal gathering? -where do you want the lectern positioned?
• Ask some friends/ colleagues along for moral support
• See if there’s a techie onsite for those last minute computer problems
• How do you want to present yourself? Think about clothing, hair, shoes etc
• Organise a post coffee date with friends if you are that way inclined (debrief)


• Get to the room EARLY
• Picture yourself giving the talk- are you happy with the set up?
• Put your mobile phone on silent
• Bring:

-back up USBs
-your notes
-power cords for your laptop
-print outs of diagrams that are too detailed to be a slide or can’t be seen properly on the slide
-watch/ phone/ stopwatch for time
-a hard copy of your speech, your slides and your proposal


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About Tegan Darnell

Librarian, USQ Doctoral student, and the Principal Editor of ReDBlog. Tegan's research topic for the Doctor of Professional Studies is how librarians’ narratives inhibit or create preferred library futures, and creating spaces for librarian transformation.

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