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The 21st Century Doctorate: Learning from International Practice

SHEEC’s Learning from International Practice (LFIP) projects seek to inform teaching and learning practice in Scotland by looking at and engaging with practice in other countries, as well as encouraging debate and sharing practice within Scotland. The  Postgraduate Research Degree Student Experience was the second topic to be explored, and this was refined to cover doctorate degrees only.

The overall purpose of the 21st Century doctorate work was:

  • to support those working in research doctoral degrees in the sector, and to identify and share national practice which will support the sector in this area
  • to identify, and help the sector in comparing with and learning from international practice (including the rest of the UK) in research doctoral degrees
  • to establish a range of useful resources, contacts and links for institutions, students associations and practitioners
  • to enhance the doctoral research student experience.



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Working Group

The working group for  the 21st Century Doctorate Student Experience was, chaired by Professor Dominic Houlihan, Vice-Principal Internationalisation, University of Aberdeen. The committee had institutional and postgraduate student members, joined by observers from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), Higher Education Academy (HEA), Vitae, NUS Scotland and Universities Scotland.