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The PhD examination: support and training for supervisors and examiners

Pat Cryer (Visiting Professor for the Development of Graduate Education)
Peter Mertens (Visiting Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, both at the University of Manchester, UK)

Quality Assurance in Education

ISSN: 0968-4883

Article publication date: 1 June 2003



Two linked schemes have been developed to provide greater support for academics involved in the supervision of postgraduate students. One, the Training and Accreditation Programme for Postgraduate Supervisors (TAPPS), was originally designed and developed at the Institute for Animal Health (IAH) in collaboration with BBSRC. The other is a Web gateway on research supervision. The schemes provide advice, a forum for peer group discussion, training in specific aspects of supervision, recognition (accreditation) for the role and contribution of the supervisor and annotated links to relevant information sources via the Web. Details are available on and‐training. This paper explores the rationale for the existence of the schemes; considers their operation – first generally and then with respect to the PhD examination; presents evidence of benefits to academics and students; and concludes with an outlook on the futures of the schemes.



Cryer, P. and Mertens, P. (2003), "The PhD examination: support and training for supervisors and examiners", Quality Assurance in Education, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 92-99.




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