Structural Changes in Doctoral Education in the UK

Rebekah Smith McGloin

Director of Doctoral School and Research Operations, Nottingham Trent University

Carolyn Wynne

Director — Doctoral College & Centre for Research Capability and Development. Coventry University

The role, remit, form and structure of graduate education remains a significant matter for government, policymakers and the higher education community. It is at the nexus of national and international policy changes in research, innovation, immigration, the professional skills agenda and funding for higher education.

The aim of this 2015 report is to capture a snapshot of the changing landscape of doctoral education in the post-Roberts era. In particular it reviews the changing nature of the postgraduate population, the form and function of graduate schools, the development and expansion of doctoral colleges, the impact of doctoral training programmes (both RCUK and non-RCUK funded) and the roles these structures play in diversity and sustainability of doctoral education in the UK.