To PhD or not to PhD

Professor Alistair McCulloch, Head of Research Education in the University of South Australia’s Teaching Innovation Unit, is delivering a seminar for students and supervisors on the changes to doctoral education on 26 July, 9.30am-12.00pm.

Entitled ‘Doctoral education: policy, diversity and experience’, the seminar will explore the changes that have taken place in doctoral education over the last quarter of a century, and the implications of these developments for students, for supervisors, and for supervisor professional development.

Professor McCulloch has 30 years’ experience in the area of doctoral education in Scotland, England and Australia.

A political scientist by trade, his research focuses on the changing nature of research degrees, the changing policy context for research degrees and the changing experience of both doctoral students and their supervisors.

Over the last few years he has published on widening participation and doctoral education, metaphors and the PhD, the possibility of excellence in research degree supervision, whether supervisor development works, and the choices made by students on the way to entering a research degree.

The seminar is being hosted by the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia at the University of Adelaide, Ingkarni Wardli building, Level 7 conference room.

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