International Conference on Developments in Doctoral Education & Training Conference Proceedings

Douglas Halliday

Past Chair, UKCGE, Professor in Physics, University of Durham and Director of the Durham University Global Challenge Centre for Doctoral Training (2019–2022)

Gill Houston

Past Chair, UK Council for Graduate Education

The Council was delighted to welcome 144 delegates to the conference — including over 40 representatives from countries outside the UK, such as, Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Macau, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Spain and the United States — together with plenary speakers from Australia, the United States and Germany

A recurring theme during the conference was the seemingly global adoption of structured doctoral training with its associated benefits of enhanced student experience especially through cohort models, improved completion rates and opportunities for peer-to-peer interaction. Evidence for these perceptions was strong in some areas and patchy in others and illustrated a wide range of models. Collaborative partnerships, initiated either by sponsors such as the research councils, or emerging organically from institutional relationships, proved a contested topic of interest to many delegates. 


  1. What Are the Characteristics of an Effective Interdisciplinary Research Environment For Doctoral Candidates? A Pilot Study: Dr Margaret Kiley, The Australian National University, Australia & Dr Douglas Halliday, Durham University, UK
  2. Benchmarking Supervisory Development: Dr Stan Taylor, Durham University, UK
  3. Supervisor Development: Working From THE TOP DOWN, THE INSIDE OUT And THE Bottom UP: Dr Anne Lee, Independent Consultant, UK
  4. Implementation OF Industrial PHD In Malaysian Graduate Education: Prof. Dr. Zaidatun Tasir, Shreeshivadasan Chelliapan, Dr Aminah Md Yusof & Safian Shariff, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
  5. THE European/​International JOINT PHD IN Social Representations And Communication: A Triple I” Networked JOINT Doctorate: Professor Annamaria Silvana De Rosa, Sapienza University Of Rome, Italy
  6. Tailored Doctoral Development For Impactful Doctoral Graduates: Dr Gavin Boyce, The University Of Sheffield, UK
  7. The Early Career Researcher And Self-Directed Development: Davina Whitnall, The University Of Manchester, UK
  8. Doctoral Degree Graduate Time Index: Assessing Achievability Of Graduate On Time (GOT) As Key Performance Indicator (KPI): Dr Aminah MD Yusof, Dr Zaidatun Tasir, Mohd Fathi Sariman & Dr Hadina Habil, Language Academy, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
  9. Are Doctoral Candidates SWITCHED ON TO THE Impact OF Social Media: Dr Heather Doran & Dr Kenneth D Skeldon, University Of Aberdeen, UK
  10. Degree Completion As An Indication OF Quality: Nigel Palmer, Australian National University, Australia
  11. Defining Doctoral Supervisors’ Quality Profile: Similarities And Differences between students and Supervisors’ Perspectives: Dr Ana Baptista, Queen Mary University Of London, UK
  12. A Road Map TO Professional Practice Program DESIGN: THE Self-Driving” Program: Dr Valerie Storey, University Of Central Florida, USA
  13. Embracing THE STUDENT Cohort Community (SCC): Facilitating Self-Directed And Peer Support ON A Doctor OF Health And Social Care (DHSC) Programme: Dr Josette Bettany-Saltikov & Dr Robert Mcsherry, University Of Teesside, UK
  14. Responding to the Darcy Model of Researcher Development: Dr Anne Boultwood, Birmingham City University, UK