THE FUTURE OF

DOCTORAL TRAINING
Dr Paul Spencer
PGR Environment Development
Manager, Bristol Doctoral College

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"The product that the doctoral
researcher creates is not the

2003-
thesis – vital though that is to
their subject area through the
creation of original knowledge

2004 – no, the product of their study
is the development of
themselves"
- SIR GARETH ROBERTS
THE QUESTION?
What is a doctorate for?*

*still valid as a question in 2017 and beyond

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THE ENVIRONMENT
NOW
The context in which
postgraduate researchers
are operating now has
evolved considerably since
2004
open research engagement integrity
Changing model of Involving others in the A fundamentally different
publishing & data design & dissemination of environment to ensure
sharing  research honesty, integrity and
transparency
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PROFESSIONALISM
Inching toward
postgraduate
researchers as
staff instead of
students (and
sometimes staff)?
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COHORT-BASED
DOCTORAL TRAINING
Becoming established in a variety
of structures, many focus on
interdisciplinary research and
draw on diversity of people and
expertise. 
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INNOVATION IN RESEARCHER
DEVELOPMENT

We often present old
ideas as new! Will you
learn something from
this conference that
you could adapt?
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SUPPORTING ACADEMIC WRITING
important because it is as much
about identity formation as it is
about knowledge production

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CURATION COMMUNITY CAMERA
Expertise to put Creating Finding different
together resources opportunities ways to share both
that support your for interaction online and offline
PGRs

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