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The process of examining research degrees: some issues of quality

Stuart Powell (Director of Research Degrees at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK)
Clare McCauley (Policy Officer at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.)

Quality Assurance in Education

ISSN: 0968-4883

Article publication date: 1 June 2003



This paper reports the findings of a small survey of the views of individual academics in relation to four issues regarding research degree examiners: the use of their reports; the scope of criteria they use to make judgements and the assessment remit given to them; their training; and the criteria used for their appointment. The responses indicate lack of consensus on almost all points and suggest some fundamental differences of view on the nature of research degree study, its subsequent examination and on the roles of examiners within the assessment process.



Powell, S. and McCauley, C. (2003), "The process of examining research degrees: some issues of quality", Quality Assurance in Education, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 73-83.




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