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Perspectives on the Ph.D. processThe paper presents an overview of the Ph.D process. This includes a review of the role and responsibilities of both the Ph.D. supervisor and researcher. The supervisor should be a guide, ‘critical friend,’ advisor and source of encouragement and knowledge to the researcher. Often flexibility and patience are helpful personal attributes. The attributes of the Ph.D. researcher should include interest in their chosen topic, commitment and dedication. The important roles of participating in an active research community, proof-reading of draft thesis text and a ‘mock viva’ are discussed.