This page should not be relied on for critical information; rather, refer to the (recently simplified & streamlined) 'official' pages.
The forms you'll need are:
You should complete the Research Degree Examination Entry form at least
four months prior to the submission of your thesis; you may then
actually submit within a period of 18 months.
Although not strictly necessary, it is Departmental practice that the Examination Nomination form be processed at the same time.
Be aware that the Research Degrees admininstrative staff scrutinize examiner nominations for any contraventions of the guidelines in respect of collaborative associations, overuse of particular examiners, etc. If you think that there is a danger that your nominee may be challenged, it is best to address any concerns when initially submitting the nomination form. (For example, if the supervisor and nominated external were junior co-authors on a 100-author paper two years ago, that is liable to be questioned, with consequent delays in processing. If the nomination form identifies this "issue", and explains that it doesn't actually imply a close collaborative connection, things should go more smoothly.)
The forms need some signatures, from the Graduate Tutor and HoD. If you just pass the completed forms to the Grad Tutor, then everything should then look after itself. (Note that the Departmental Graduate Tutor is Tania Monteiro, not Ian Howarth; but feel free to give the paperwork to idh if you want him to check over it first.)
In the first instance you should submit two soft-bound copies of your thesis to the Student Centre at the front of the Chadwick Building. These will be forwarded to your examiners; you might ask them if they'd also like access to pdfs.
The following forms must be submitted with the final (post-viva) copies of your thesis
FAQ for Research Degree Candidates
FAQ for Nomination and Appointment of Examiners
Further information (for students, supervisors, and examiners): here.