Led by Prof Julie Sheldon, Liverpool John Moores University, with Dr Owen Gower, UK Council for Graduate Education
This work package addresses widespread concerns about the efficacy and fairness of current admissions practices in doctoral education.
Shift Insight have been asked by the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) to independently conduct a national survey of UK universities in June 2022. This survey seeks a reliable picture of current PGR admissions practices – regardless of what internal policies state – and help us to identify any barriers to access to postgraduate education.
This will be followed by focus groups with key stakeholders (e.g. supervisors, postgraduate researchers and professional services staff) to draw up a competency-based framework for doctoral admissions. This framework will form the basis of a pilot project across NTU, LJMU and SHU which will collect data over three years on the efficacy and impact of moving away from undergraduate degree classification, awarding institution and research proposal as the principal ways to measure suitability for doctoral study.
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Equity in Doctoral Education through Partnership and Innovation (EDEPI)
Equity in Doctoral Education through Partnership and Innovation is a project which aims to increase participation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups in doctoral education.
Work package one (WP1): Rethinking our approach to postgraduate researcher recruitment
Working with NHS partners across Nottingham, Sheffield and Liverpool, WP1 involves the delivery of workshops to de-mystify PhD study, and support NHS staff from racially minoritised groups through the process of applying for a part-time PhD.
Work package three (WP3): Creating a more inclusive research culture
WP3 delivers a series of workshops to support the creation of a more inclusive research culture, and positively impact on the retention, progression, and wellbeing of postgraduate researchers from racially minoritised groups.