ERIC Number: ED475555
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Standards in Postgraduate Research Degree Programmes: A Report to the Higher Education Funding Councils of England, Scotland and Wales.
Metcalfe, Janet; Thompson, Quentin; Green, Howard
This report covers phase one of a three-stage project commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Councils for England, Scotland, and Wales (HEFCE, SHEFC, and HEFCW) to determine the role of threshold standards and conditional funding in improving standards in research degree programs (RDPs). The aim of this report is to review good practice and identify indicators that could form the basis of threshold standards. Phases two and three will develop these standards, systems for assessment and monitoring, and the funding models needed to support such a system. The document presents a framework of standards for RDPs that builds on good practice identified through surveys (108 and 186 respondents, institutional visits, workshops, and interviews with research funders and other stakeholders. The framework covers the breadth of research training, including the research environment, issues related to students, supervisory arrangements, and skills development. At this stage the project does not recommend threshold levels for the standards or how funding should be linked to the achievement of the standards, but it does include indicative values for each standard to encourage institutions to use the framework to consider their RDP provision and to form a platform for further discussion across the sector.Recommendations are noted as they arise in the discussion; the principal recommendation is that Funding Councils adopt the framework and define threshold standards as the basis for conditional funding for RDPs. Eleven annexes contain supplemental information about the project. (SLD)
Descriptors: Degrees (Academic), Educational Finance, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Research Skills, Research Universities, Standards, Training
Higher Education Funding Council for England, Northavon House, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QD England. Tel: 01170931-7317; Fax: 0117-931-7203. For full text: http://www.hefce.ac.uk.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Higher Education Funding Council for England, Bristol.; Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, Cardiff.; Scottish Higher Education Funding Council, Edinburgh.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Scotland); United Kingdom (Wales)