ICDDET Call for Papers Now Open

The UK Council for Graduate Education is pleased to open the call for papers for the 2nd International Conference in Developments in Doctoral Education and Training. 

ICDDET Call for Papers Now Open

The inaugural International Conference on Developments in Doctoral Education and Training (ICDDET) took place in Edinburgh in 2013. Over 120 delegates from 13 different countries across 4 continents had the opportunity to share and discuss practice related to doctoral education and learn from the experiences of colleagues from across the world. The 2nd ICDDET will build on this success and will offer further in depth exploration of key issues in the rapidly changing field of doctoral education. 

The range of developments in the provision of doctoral education, both in the UK and internationally, has been quite considerable. Although the drivers for these changes have originated principally from agencies and bodies with interests in doctoral degrees (for example in the UK: QAA, RCUK and HEFCE), the acceptance and implementation of them by higher education institutions has helped to shape the provision of doctoral training in the UK. These changes have improved the quality of doctoral education particularly with respect to the support provided to doctoral candidates. The UK is widely recognised, within a European conext, as a leader in skills training for doctoral programmes. Many of the approaches adopted in the UK for monitoring and supporting doctoral education nationally are being used as a template by other countries in the European Higher Education Area to develop their own doctoral provision. More recently the formation of the European Council for Doctoral Education, a special interest group within the European Universities Association, has helped raise the profile of doctoral education across Europe.

The organising committee for the 2nd Conference in this series have identified five key themes relevant to ongoing initiatives and developments in doctoral education internationally. These themes offer a major platform to assess and discuss doctoral education and training in the international context, with an opportunity to share experience and network with colleagues old and new from throughout the world. Dr Debra Stewart, President Emerita and Senior Scholar, Council of Graduate Schools, USA has also been confirmed as the first keynote speaker.

The main themes of the conference are:

  1. National and International Doctoral Policy
  2. The Structured Doctorate
  3. Doctoral Candidates in the Digital Age
  4. Self-directed and peer support in researchers’ development 
  5. Characteristics of effective supervisors and strategies for development

Conference Chair, Dr Douglas Halliday said,

Feedback from the first conference in Edinburgh was extremely positive, confirming the timely and important role the conference played in bringing together delegates to discuss all aspects of doctoral education. Internationally there is a continuing demand for a forum to hear about recent research into doctoral programmes, share different approaches and inform policy makers about the significant role that the doctorate plays in the world’s higher education systems. I am delighted that the UK Council for Graduate Education is able to offer a second opportunity to share ideas and work from around the world. The Council is very grateful to Epigeum for sponsoring this important meeting. I hope you can join us in Oxford for what will be a stimulating and highly enjoyable conference.”

For more details about the conference click: ukcge.ac.uk/ICDDET

For a copy of the conference proceedings from the 1st ICDDET please click here