Event details

Thriving through the Challenges of Doctoral Assessment/Examining

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Facilitators: Dr Gill Houston & Professor Pam Denicolo
This workshop is intended for experienced, new and aspiring doctoral examiners. It provides an opportunity to share best practice as well as any reservations/ trepidations/caveats and success stories you may have in relation to the challenges that arise when assessing progress or during the final examination (thesis and viva).

The workshop will take the form of a guided tour of the process and procedures of assessment at doctoral level, including the confirmation/ upgrading process, examining the thesis and the candidate during the viva, using a range of case studies and vignettes drawn from our experience and that of others. This will include presenting you with some challenging situations to raise issues and aid discussion.

Presentations by the organisers will be kept to a minimum since the main discussion points will be determined by the participants who are invited to send in advance any facets, dilemmas or anonymised challenges they have faced or heard of, that they would like to have aired. Some of those might include but are not restricted to: different expectations in different institutions; chairing and examiner roles; working with co-examiners with different viewpoints and/or different status; interference or neglect by supervisors; candidates unable to cope with the tension; making the process humane and fair. Where possible we will, with enough notice, turn these into case studies written to disguise origins!

Please send to Pam: p.m.denicolo@reading.ac.uk a note by March 15th at the very latest of any topics you would like discussed, with enough detail to identify the main points of the situation, so that a case study can be compiled if we have time. 

Network: Professional Development Programme
Date(s): Wednesday, 18 March 2020
Times: 10.30 – 16.00
Signup Deadline: Monday, 16 March 2020
Location: SRHE, 73 Collier Street, London N1 9BE
Lunch Provided: Yes
Spaces Left: Places available
Prices: Members: Free, Guests: £75.00
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