UKCGE Publishes Impact of Covid-19 on the Assessment of Doctoral Degrees

The UKCGE have published a new resource examining the impact Covid-19 has had on the assessment of doctoral degrees. 

UKCGE Publishes Impact of Covid-19 on the Assessment of Doctoral Degrees

The UK Council for Graduate Education has published its latest resource in response to the covid-19 pandemic. This document examines the impact of Covid-19 on doctoral research and any consequential impact on the final examination.

Offering Support to those Involved in Examinations

Some universities have already developed statements concerning potential adjustments to research projects as a result of restricted access to data or other limitations such as the need to re-design experiments or adopt different methodology, and the related implications for assessment.

The UKCGE thought it would nonetheless be useful to develop this statement as a reference point, setting out approaches likely to be adopted by member institutions, and raising considerations for universities, supervisory teams, candidates and examiners.

Our aim is to support all those involved, and to help raise awareness of the main issues for standards and degree outcomes.

Download the Resource: Covid-19 Impact on Assessment of Research Degrees

The document covers:

  • Assessment of Doctoral Degrees in the UK. 
  • What Do Doctoral Examiners Look For?
  • Impact of Covid-19 on Doctoral Research.
  • Implications of the Covid-19 Impact.
  • Impact of Covid-19 on Doctoral Theses.
  • Institutional Response: Issues to Consider.

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This guidance note was prepared by Professor Douglas Halliday (Chair, UKCGE) & Dr Gill Houston (Vice-Chair, UKCGE)