Discussion of how the Codes of Practice might contribute to improved completion rates

Authors: John, D.

Publisher: The Graduate School, Bournemouth University


Doctoral supervision has developed from being merely an activity performed by people doing research, and has become an area of professional practice in its own right (Taylor and Beasley 2005). Organisations such as the Quality Assurance Agency For Higher Education (2009) are promoting the adoption of Codes of Practice (COP) to promote the good practice that have been endorsed by the higher education community. It is anticipated that all parties using the code, from academic organisations to Post Graduate Researchers (PGRs) and supervisors will be more informed about all stages of a PhD research project from selection of PGRs, through monitoring the process to submission and conferment. PGRs will be more informed about what obtaining a PhD entails; selecting the appropriate degree, what are the roles and responsibilities of PGRs and supervisors, application and appointment, how the process is monitored, what is expected in the thesis and how the thesis will be examined. This should enable the PGR to make a more informed assessment of whether doing a PhD research degree will meet their needs and decision of whether to undertake a PhD research project. Supervisors will be more informed about how to select appropriate candidates, how to monitor progress, how to identify potential problems early and how to remedy them. Together this should contribute to greater successful PhD completions.

Source: Manual

Preferred by: David John