Revitalising doctoral education – beyond global trauma

PaTHES Webinar: Revitalising doctoral education – beyond global trauma

26 November 2020 – 13:30-15:30 CET

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, doctoral education and the PhD have felt the repercussions of national and global instability – both politically, socially, and institutionally. With the economic recession and changes in job-markets around the world, academic employability is drying up, which makes future employability prospects for PhD holders even more unpredictable. Currently, PhD students experience having their data collection disrupted, becoming isolated and lonely when removed from their research environments and research teams, and doctoral supervision and peer support have to find new forms of expression and new communication formats digitally. However, we also witness new possibilities for re-imagining and re-defining doctoral study and the societal and cultural importance of research and the PhD. Further, we detect a renewed institutional focus on inter-connectivity and sustainable academic communities for newer researchers.

Keynote speakers

PaTHES is proud to present four internationally acclaimed keynote speakers, who gave their view on current challenges and possibilities in researcher education and the PhD today.

Ronald Barnett
Emeritus Professor
University College London
United Kingdom

Catherine Manathunga
University of the Sunshine Coast

Karri A. Holley
University of Alabama
United States

Liezel Frick
Associate Professor
Stellenbosch University
South Africa

The event is organised and hosted by PaTHES and in collaboration with the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), and in particular the SRHE Post-Graduate Issues Network convenors Pam Denicolo, Martin Gough, Richard Race, and Julie Reeves.

The main coordinator and contact person is PaTHES Chair Søren S.E. Bengtsen:

A recording of the event is available below:

Photo by Karolis Vaičiulis on Unsplash