Observing the Examination
It is important to realize that once a postgraduate candidate has submitted a Thesis for Examination, the Advisory Team should step back and let the process run its course.
Importantly, during the examination period the candidate and the Advisory Team must not contact the examiners. Likewise, each examiner must not contact the candidate or the Advisory team, or the other examiner. If a breach of protocol does come to light the UQ Graduate School will negate the examination process, and will call for the nomination of new examiners, to re-commence the examination from scratch. This can be very disheartening for the candidate, so it is critical that everyone acts appropriately.
Once the examiner reports are received by the candidate, the candidate will be required to Respond to the Examiners. Again, it is important to note that this is still part of the examination process, and it is the candidate, not the Advisory team, that have been asked to respond. While it is entirely appropriate for the Advisory Team to provide feedback and advice, they should refrain from drafting the response for the candidate.
Again, when the candidate submits their response (rebuttal and revised thesis) to the CoE, it is the CoE (not the Advisory Team) that has the responsibility to assess the candidate's response. While the CoE may, if deemed necessary, consult the Advisory Team, the Advisory team should not offer unsolicited commentary.