Preparing to Submit Your Thesis

Years: 3


This workshop is aimed at PhD Researchers who are approaching the final stages of their PhD (i.e. within 5-7 months of expected submission). This short session will explain each of the steps involved around the submission process. It will cover the forms that need to be completed with timelines and explanations, and will also cover thesis format requirements, including digital copyright, metadata and embargo restrictions. In addition, the workshop will provide an overview of the final examination process from the oral examination and outcomes through to final submission requirements. This practical session will be led by the respective Head of Doctoral College in conjunction with library staff.

Bookings for workshops are via PhD Manager:

Please click on Calendar (on the left hand side) where all the events are listed.

PhD Manager will hold your booking and attendance records for all Researcher Development activities.


  • Professor Alison Gallagher

    Prof Alison Gallagher is currently Head of the Doctoral College for Coleraine and Magee.

    After completing her BSc Hons Human Nutrition and PhD at Ulster, Alison worked as Research Fellow (University of Strathclyde) then Research Officer (Northern Ireland Young Hearts Project) before returning to Ulster as Lecturer in 1999; being promoted to Senior Lecturer and subsequently Professor of Public Health Nutrition. Prior to her appointment as Head of Doctoral College (Coleraine/Magee), Alison was Subject Head for Food, Nutrition and Dietetics within the School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Life and Health Sciences.

    Alison has supervised 8 PhDs to completion and is currently supervising 3 PhD researchers (including interdisciplinary and international PhD researchers). With over 75 peer-reviewed publications (h-index of 29), Alison contributes to the research conducted within the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) at Ulster. Her research interests resonate within the area of obesity and include development of risk factors for disease, low-energy/non-nutritive sweeteners and their potential impact on health, physical activity and health (including implementation of lifestyle interventions at key stages across the lifecycle). She also has a long-standing research interest in the effects of plants and plant components, particularly relating to glycaemic control and health.

    Alison is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). She is a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) and was the first Fellow of the Association of Nutrition (FAfN) on the island of Ireland. An active member of the Nutrition Society, she is currently Chairs the Scientific Committee for the Federation of Nutritional Sciences (FENS) 13th European Nutrition Conference ( and is co-editor of the Nutrition Society Textbook ‘Introduction to Human Nutrition’ (3rd edition). She is a passionate advocate for the European Nutrition Leadership Platform (ENLP), having participated in the ENLP seminar in 1997 and being involved with this international leadership programme ever since, and is the current Chair/President of the ENLP Board ( She is also a member of NICHS’s Scientific Research Committee and the ISA Scientific Advisory Panel.

  • Dr Jackie Reilly

    Dr Jackie Reilly is currently Head of the Doctoral College for Jordanstown and Belfast. Before joining Ulster in 2002, she was a lecturer in Psychology at Queen’s University where she first developed an interest in and involvement with PhD education and has supervised research students to successful completion in both Psychology and Education, including several international PhD researchers. Prior to her appointment to the Doctoral College in June 2017, as well as being a Senior Lecturer in Education Jackie was Head of the Research Graduate School in the Faculty of Social Sciences for over a decade. Jackie has a PhD In Psychology (QUB), PGCHET (QUB) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework

This session maps on to Domain B of the Vitae Framework: Personal effectiveness which includes the sub-domain areas of:

  • B1: Personal qualities
  • B2: Self-management
  • B3: Professional and Career Development
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework