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“PhD, meet QPR”: The quality in postgraduate research conference and the development of doctoral education

Alistair McCulloch (Learning & Teaching Unit, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia)
Michelle Yvette Picard (School of Education, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia)

International Journal for Researcher Development

ISSN: 2048-8696

Article publication date: 11 May 2015




The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the relationship between the quality in postgraduate research conference (QPR) and the developing doctoral education agenda, as well as serving as an introduction to this special edition of the International Journal for Researcher Development.


The paper adopts a conceptual and rhetorical approach.


The paper argues that, over its two decades of existence, the QPR conference has been at the forefront of developments in doctoral education and has also influenced practice and policy in the area.


The paper is the first to review the QPR conference and its place in the development of doctoral education.



The authors are currently involved in the organisation of the 2016 Quality in Postgraduate Research conference (McCulloch as chair of the conference organising committee and Picard as a member) and have been involved in these roles since 2012 and 2010, respectively). They would like to thank all those who are currently involved in the planning and delivery of the conference and also all those without whose past work on the conference it would not be the success it is. The authors also thank the many hundreds of participants without whom the conference would simply not exist.


McCulloch, A. and Picard, M.Y. (2015), "“PhD, meet QPR”: The quality in postgraduate research conference and the development of doctoral education", International Journal for Researcher Development, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 2-8.



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