Call for papers: Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference

Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference

21-23 APRIL 2020
National Wine Centre, Adelaide, Australia

Quality in Postgraduate Research (QPR) is the world’s biggest & longest-standing conference on doctoral education. Held every two years in Adelaide, South Australia, QPR brings together educational researchers, policymakers, university leaders, research students & research degree supervisors for the purpose of better understanding the processes, practices, pedagogies and theoretical frameworks of doctoral education.

14th Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference, QPR 2020

Theme: Success in Doctoral Education: Perspectives on Research Training

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How is success defined in the context of the PhD? Does the definition vary according to the perspective of the actor doing the defining? Whose definition is the most powerful? How should we measure success? Does it matter?
It is now accepted that the field of PhD education involves multiple stakeholders and is known by multiple labels. The stakeholders include research degree candidates, supervisors, those employed to support the development of doctoral education, research leaders, universities, governments, industry together with others. The labels include doctoral education, graduate education, research education and research training.  The different labels imply different understandings of the PhD and its purpose, while the various stakeholders each have (or represent) different and sometimes competing interests. These different labels and interests provide a rich theoretical, conceptual and practitioner backdrop from which to explore the way in which success in doctoral is defined, understood, measured and experienced.

It is in this context that the 14th Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference (QPR2020) invites contributions addressing the theme of: Success in doctoral education: perspectives on research training

The Conference Committee invites contributors to think broadly about the ways in which different actors in the doctoral space understand and study the definition, practice and measurement of success in higher degrees by research with possible topics including, but by no means limited to, the following.

  • Determinants of success in research training, graduate outcomes, destinations and career trajectories
  • Measuring success in the doctoral degree, stakeholder perspectives
  • From Research Education to Research Training – competing definitions of success in the doctoral space
  • Power, authority and definitions of success in doctoral education
  • Doctoral success in an era of internationalisation and globalisation
  • Success in the doctoral space – the contribution of alternative models of the PhD
  • Work Integrated Learning, placements and industry-based PhDs
  • Improving equitable access to the research degree – how would we measure success?
  • Supervisors, supervisory practice and PhD success in a digital age – using digital means to enhance success in research degrees
  • What does success mean in research degree examination?
  • Doctoral candidates’ experience, wellbeing and success
  • Success, risk and the choice of projects and research questions chosen by PhD candidates
  • Successful research writing and its development
  • Doctoral pedagogies for success – online and in person
  • Dissemination and doctoral research – what does success look like?

Submission deadline: 28 October at 12:00 noon (Australian Central Standard Time)
Any requests for late submission should be submitted directly to Professor Alistair McCulloch, Conference convenor.

Acceptance/Rejection Notification: mid-December 2019
Authorship limits: Each individual may only appear as an author three times within the conference

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