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What Rights and Obligations Do Opponents Have?

The official opponent must thoroughly study the dissertation, analyze it and give an objective assessment of all the actions of the researcher, evaluate the structure and content of the work, tools, achievements, advantages and disadvantages, etc. In the future, must reflect his opinion on the work, the arguments in the review. A certain period of time is allotted for writing this document. Feedback must be submitted to the Discussion Council no later than 10 days from the date of its official appointment.

Obligations and rights of the opponent

The official opponent must be present at the defense of the dissertation. Exceptions to this rule are force majeure circumstances, illness of an expert, etc. It is important to document the reason for the absence from the defense. The recall of the official opponent, his speech after the defense of the author is taken into account by the Discouncil. Its task is to note the strengths and weaknesses, to give recommendations to the author (in terms of improving and developing the project) and the "examiners" (in relation to making the final decision).

The work of an official opponent can be rewarded. He has the right to demand remuneration from the applicant, but in general there is no article that establishes a guaranteed remuneration for feedback. The easiest way to find an official opponent is to contact your supervisor or the Council with a request to recommend or approve an official opponent for the author and his work.

How is an official opponent's response made?

The response of an official opponent is an official document that must be drawn up in accordance with specific requirements. It can be attached to the dissertation through the applicant for a degree or provided directly to the Discussion Council, which will evaluate the scientific work.

The following elements are distinguished in the structure of the review of the official opponent:

  • Relevance of the topic: here it is important to emphasize how the author substantiated the relevance, whether her opponent considers it to be such, how well-reasoned this criterion is, what are the prospects for the development of the topic;

  • Evaluation of research results: it is important to show the presence or absence of novelty and significance of the work, its uniqueness;

  • Compliance with the requirements of the Higher Attestation Commission: how well the dissertation is written and correctly formatted;

  • Experts from recommendations: here the opponent highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the project, gives recommendations on how to improve the work, development prospects and a “presumptive” assessment (whether the author deserves a degree or not). All conclusions and proposals of the opponent must be reasoned and substantiated.

The average length of a review by an official opponent reaches 4 pages.

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