Improving standards in postgraduate research degree programmes
This report presents the findings of a review commissioned by the higher Education Funding Councils of England, Scotland and Wales (HEFCE, SHEFC and HEFCW), to identify indicators that could form the basis of threshold standards in research degree programmes (RDPs).
The report presents a framework of standards for RDPs that builds upon existing good practice in the sector. This framework covers the breadth of research training, including the research environment, selection, induction, progress and examination of students, supervisory arrangements and skills development, together with institutional arrangements for quality assurance, procedures and regulations.
The principal recommendation of the report is that the Funding Councils should adopt the framework and define threshold standards as the basis for conditional funding for RDPs.
This is the first of three stages in the project. Stages two and three will develop these threshold standards, systems for assessment and monitoring, and the funding models to support them.
Comments on the report are welcome, and should be sent to Will Naylor, Policy Officer at the HEFCE, e-mail email@example.com
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A Glossary and abbreviations
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B Steering Group membership and terms of reference
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C Project methodology
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D Framework of standards for research degree programmes
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E Summary of framework standards
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F Quality Assurance Agency audit reports
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G Joint Research Councils/AhRB statement of skills requirements for research students
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H Institutional good practice mapped against framework standards
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I Comparisons of international practices
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J Relevant literature on research degree programmes
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K Research Council/AHRB requirements for postgraduate funding
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Last updated 4 September 2003