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1 Quality Assurance and Doctoral Education: A Case study - England Janet Bohrer QAA

2 Quality Assurance: formal engagement QAA: revision of section one Code of practice (influences included Improving Standards in RDPs HEFCE 2002 and joint skills statement by the research councils) - Special review of research degree programmes - Incorporated in the revised institutional audit process from 2006 Other: Bologna Process, international dimensions, sector wide discussions e.g. Redefining the Doctorate (Park 2007)

3 Understanding Context Frameworks developed and revised through sector wide discussion and consultation QAA Discussion paper included 18 questions; -Q7-10: summary report to working group revising the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ published August 2008) Feedback / benchmarking -HEFCE Qualification rates -HEA Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) -i-graduate, international student barometer -Reports from representative bodies e.g. UUK, UKCGE, RCUK

4 Personal experience Doctoral School Code of Practice Access to library Access to courses Events Motivations Feedback Doctoral Poster Event Feb 2009

5 Some Challenges Nature of doctorateness - Professional doctorate Joint doctorates Perception of quality – value for money internationally

6 References The Society for Research into Higher Education The Doctorate Worldwide edited by S Powell and H Green. Open university press HEFCE 2002 Improving Standards in Postgraduate Degree Programmes www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/rdreports/2002/rd11_02www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/rdreports/2002/rd11_02 HEA Report (2007) Redefining the Doctorate Chris Park www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/York/documents/ourwork/research/redef ining_the_doctorate.pdf www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/York/documents/ourwork/research/redef ining_the_doctorate.pdf QAA Discussion Paper about doctoral programmes www.qaa.ac.uk/academicinfrastructure/doctoralProg/progressMarch08. asp www.qaa.ac.uk/academicinfrastructure/doctoralProg/progressMarch08. asp HEFCE Qualification entry and completion www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/hefce/2007/07_28/ http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/hefce/2009/09_04/ www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/hefce/2007/07_28/ http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/hefce/2009/09_04/ HEA Postgraduate Research Experience Survey www.heacademy.ac.uk/ourwork/research/surveys/pres www.heacademy.ac.uk/ourwork/research/surveys/pres HEPI www.hepi.ac.uk/pubs.asp?DOC=Reportswww.hepi.ac.uk/pubs.asp?DOC=Reports Institute of Education www.ioe.ac.ukwww.ioe.ac.uk


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