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The future of Professional doctorates in England: evidence, perceptions, strategy, impact

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START DATE 4 May 2016
START TIME 11:00am

C219-20, College Building, Middlesex University, London NW4 4BT

END DATE 4 May 2016
END TIME 03:15pm

Middlesex University's IAPD workshop with Dr Carol Robinson

In this workshop we will discuss the findings from a project commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) which explored the provision of Professional Doctorate programmes in English higher education institutions. The research was conducted by CRAC with Dr Carol Robinson, University of Brighton, who will present the findings and facilitate the workshop with colleagues from Middlesex. The day will also include discussion groups.

We will consider appropriate ways forward for HEIs running Professional Doctorate programmes, for example the issues concerning impact that arose from the data, how this may be significant for curriculum development, the next Research Excellence Framework in the UK or research evaluation exercises that take place internationally, and many other points of interest.


Dr Carol Robinson is a Principal Research Fellow in the Education Research Centre at the University of Brighton. She teaches on PhD and other postgraduate programmes and led the Professional Doctorate in Education at the university for six years from October 2009 to September 2015. Her research interests combine theoretical and empirical work around two main areas: the development of learning and professional knowledge through doctoral study and its enactment in practice; and the voices, experiences, rights and empowerment of children and young people. She is co-conveyor of the National Network for Professional Doctorate in Education programme leaders, and has recently acted as co-investigator on a HEFCE-funded project 'Professional Doctorates: research to understand demand for, and the characteristics of, the range of professional doctorates in English higher education', which explored the current landscape of Professional Doctorate provision in England.

Click on the link below for to view the Higher Education Funding Council project ‘Provision of Professional doctorates in English HE institutions’ which has now been published:,107351,en.html

The cost of the event is £60 and includes refreshments and lunch. Book your place here.

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