Presentation on theme: "Preparing for the Transfer John S.A. Edwards, PhD., Dr honoris causa (Örebro University, Sweden) Professor of Foodservice Foodservice and Applied Nutrition."— Presentation transcript:
Preparing for the Transfer John S.A. Edwards, PhD., Dr honoris causa (Örebro University, Sweden) Professor of Foodservice Foodservice and Applied Nutrition Research Group Bournemouth University Editor: Editorial Board Int. J. of Contemporary Hospitality Management
The purpose of the transfer The process of the transfer Preparation for the transfer The dreaded day The outcomes Outline
The creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research …of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication; A systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic discipline…; The general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems; A detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry. What is a PhD? To have demonstrated:
Identify and demonstrate progress made to date, to include any results & findings obtained; Outline, explain and justify follow-on research to be undertaken leading to submission; Ensure and demonstrate the PhD worthiness of the research topic; Identify any potential ‘issues’ that might arise and any skills training needs. The Purpose of the Transfer
The Process of the Transfer Takes place approximately 18 months after registration for full-time and 36 months for part-time students; Preparation of a written report; A Transfer Viva.
The Written Report Approximately 10,000 words (including appendices); 500 word abstract; Table of Contents: Introduction – include project questions, aims & objectives Literature review Research plan – include description of methodology and approaches used/to be used Progress to date – summary of results, findings & any difficulties Conclusions References – and perhaps bibliography Why/What makes this a PhD
Preparation for the Viva Know your way around the thesis; Read through and try to anticipate likely questions/‘difficulties’ and formulate responses in your mind; Have a ‘run-though’ with friends; Find out about your examiners; What are your publication plans? Remember, you are (or will shortly be) the subject expert; Bull***t Baffles Brains – try to be confident
The Dreaded Day Membership: Independent Chairman Two Independent Academics Supervisory team Process Chairman’s introduction Try to relax!! Questions – two way process Deliberations Outcomes
Questions That Might be Asked Why this research topic? Why is this topic important? Can you summarise your research/methodology? What are the main weaknesses of your research? What other work has been undertaken in this field? What is/will be your unique and significant contribution to the body of knowledge? Why is/what makes this a PhD? What else have you learned/gained so far from this ‘PhD journey’?
Examiners’ Dilemma Is this your own work? Has satisfactory progress been demonstrated? Is the proposed plan/course of action appropriate and likely to lead to success? Did the candidate show that he/she has the ability (academic/motivation etc) to complete? What makes or will make this a PhD?
The Outcomes Transfer/register for PhD Undertake additional work on the transfer report Do not transfer – withdraw Examiners recommendations Discussed with you supervisor