Working group spotlight

This month, the under the spotlight feature is progress from the Quality and Reputation of the UK Doctorate Working Group. 

Working group spotlight

The four sub groups of the Working Group have commenced their specific areas of research to focus on:

  • Doctoral Assessment
  • What does a Doctorate look like?
  • What is Doctoral Training? 
  • Why do a Doctorate?

The research is currently taking several forms including interviewing international colleagues, roundtable discussions, online surveys and the consideration and comparison of literature. The initial outcomes of research will be reported at the UKCGE Annual Conference in Glasgow.

In late February, the Working Group responded to the HEFCE Discussion Document on the Quality Assessment Review and will be responding to the QAA consultation on the Qualification Characteristics Statements on Doctoral Degree Characteristics. To read a copy of the Working Group response to the HEFCE Discussion Document, please click here.

Further details and updates on the UKCGE Working Groups can be found at