The Research Thesis Digital Submission (RTDS) application is a simple, safe and secure way for research students to submit a digital copy of their research thesis and additional materials. RTDS is being piloted with students in the Medical Sciences Division and their examiners, alongside the formal research degree regulations, including submission of the official printed copy of the thesis. The pilot will run from mid-March until the end of 2017 (i.e. over the deadlines for Hilary and Trinity terms 2017), and findings will be analysed to ensure the application meets users’ needs, before rollout to the other three academic divisions in 2018.
When research students and their examiners use RTDS, the system will allow them to securely share files, and will give the student a single source of corrections to work from. Research students and examiners will receive automated email notifications to inform them when they need to access RTDS. For students, access will be via login, while examiners will receive a unique web link that takes them directly to the relevant files for download. Students and examiners are supported in their use of RTDS by Frequently Asked Questions and Quick Reference Guides, available from within the RTDS application.