Research and Progress (RaP)

Research and Progress (RaP) is the institutional-wide tool to record, monitor and report on doctoral supervision and research progress across the institution. It has been developed in collaboration with Manchester University.

Research and Progress aims to:

  • ensure research students are meeting with their supervisors regularly
  • enable research students to manage their own personal and professional development
  • ensure consistency of practice across City, University of London
  • enhance City's research student community
  • ensure compliance with relevant policy
  • improve research degree qualification rates

All written records of supervision meetings are expected to be retained in Research and Progress; supervisors (including external supervisors) and Doctoral Researchers are asked to discuss and agree on their joint responsibility in maintaining these records.

External supervisors are advised to discuss the requirements of Research and Progress with the institution's member of the supervisory team. Please contact the School/Department Research Administrator initially if you are unable to access the facility.

Additional Guidance

Research Manager

We are pleased to confirm the launch of phase one of our new system for doctoral researchers – Research Manager. Research Manager is a web-based system that is used to monitor and manage our doctoral researchers’ progress throughout their studies, and will succeed RaP, our current student progress platform.

Research Manager is launching in three phases – the first of which is training and development (the second and third phases, which deal with issues relating to progression and exams, will be launching next year)

Doctoral Researchers should now use Research Manager to access the University’s comprehensive researcher development programme which has been carefully mapped against The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) and aims to meet your needs at different stages in your research. You will be able to search for, identify and register for development opportunities that are being led and delivered by both academic staff within City as well as colleagues within Professional Services Teams i.e. Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD) and research support via Library Services. The system also provides a space for you to work with your supervisors to create your bespoke Training Needs Analysis.

For the moment, you should continue to use RaP for issues such as progression monitoring, writing supervision meeting reports, approving interruptions of study, etc. We will let you know when those processes transfer to Research Manager.

You can access Research Manager here and training guides and videos can be found here.