We are pleased to confirm the list of keynote speakers at the Conference:
Dr Margaret Kiley, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia - "The Doctoral Curriculum: What? How? Who?"
Slobodan Radicev, President, Eurodoc - "The Challenge of Completing a PhD Programme: Eurodoc's Support of PhD Researchers"
Alexandra Bitusikova, Senior Adviser, EUA, Belgium & Matej Bel University, Slovakia - "Recent Developments in Doctoral Education across Europe: Commonalities and Differences"
Dr Janet Metcalfe, Chair & Head, Vitae, UK - "Developing World Class Researchers"
Professor Dina Iordanova, School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies, University of St Andrews, UK - "Experiences of International Doctoral Training and Development"
Dr George E. Walker, Cleveland State University, USA - "The Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate"The focus of this meeting is to provide an opportunity to benchmark and share developments in the progress of doctoral education and training through an international congress.
Recent years have seen a considerable range of developments in the provision of doctoral education in the UK. The drivers for these changes emanate mainly from agencies and bodies with interests in doctoral degrees (QAA, RCUK and HEFCE), rather than from higher education institutions. Many now accept that these developments, which have shaped the provision of doctoral training in the UK, have improved the quality of doctoral education particularly with respect to the support provided to doctoral candidates. Within a European context the UK is widely recognised as a leader in skills training for doctoral programmes. Many of the approaches adopted in the UK for monitoring and supporting doctoral education nationally are being used as a template by other countries in the European Higher Education Area to develop their own doctoral provision. More recently the formation of the European Council for Doctoral Education, a special interest group within the European Universities Association, has helped raise the profile of doctoral education across Europe.
A key aim of this Conference is to identify the good work going on in Europe and other PhD intensive countries – including the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Many of these countries have national organisation and key groups bringing together those responsible for doctoral programmes. This includes the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) in USA and The Council of Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies (DDOGS) in Australia. These organisations share many of the aims and objectives of the UKCGE. This Conference offers a major platform to assess and discuss doctoral education and training in the international context, with an opportunity to share experience and network with colleagues old and new from throughout the world.