Quality in Postgraduate Research

Quality in Postgraduate Research

Quality in Postgraduate Research (QPR) is the world’s biggest and longest-standing conference on doctoral education.

2018 Programme


KEYNOTES ANNOUNCED: Alan Finkel, Gina Wisker, and Gillian Robinson – Click to find out more


The full programme for 2018 will be announced shortly

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Authors have been notified of submission outcome.

Corresponding Authors have been informed of acceptance or rejection via email. Successful authors must accept the invitation to present by 21 January 2018. For each accepted Paper, Round Table Discussion, or 5×5 Presentation, at least one author will be required to register for and attend the conference.

If your proposal was not accepted for a panel or poster, you may be contacted at a later date to present if spaces become available on the programme.


Held every two years in Adelaide, South Australia, QPR brings together educational researchers, policy makers, university leaders, research students, and research degree supervisors for the purpose of better understanding the processes, practices, pedagogies, and theoretical frameworks of doctoral education.

Globally, doctoral education continues to develop rapidly in terms of size, form, diversity, and ascribed purposes. Alongside these developments, debates continue over its future, forms of delivery, and the nature of the learning and innovation that it facilitates and engenders. These debates involve diverse actors, from individual research students to international bodies such as the OECD and the World Bank.

Since 1994, QPR has brought together from across the world research degree supervisors, postgraduate students, academic developers, university decision makers and administrators, governmental representatives and those who conduct research in postgraduate education and associated areas.  Together we discuss, debate and make sense of this complex and changing area of policy and practice.

In between conferences, QPR supports a vibrant research community, including a number of special interest groups (SIGs). We also maintain an archive of papers & abstracts presented at our conferences.

13th Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference


17-19 April 2018
National Wine Centre, Adelaide

Impact, Engagement, and Doctoral Education

Doctoral education is an integral part of most countries’ economic and social development strategies, an integral part of their innovation strategies and, for some, a key contributor to export earnings. For individual higher degree by research and doctoral students, there is an increasing diversity of modes of study and presentation available; they can pursue study as an opening to a career or innovative business opportunity, as continued professional development, or simply as a structured high-level research experience in an area of great interest. Increasingly, doctoral graduates work in non-academic spheres, bringing high-levels skills into the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

It is in this context that QPR2018 seeks to address the ‘so what?’ question about doctoral education, inviting proposals addressing the conference theme of ‘Impact, Engagement, and Doctoral Education’. We invite contributors to think broadly about the notions of ‘impact’ and ‘engagement’ with possible topics including, but by no means limited to:

Theory, concepts, and measurement

  • What do we mean by impact and engagement in the context of doctoral education?
  • How can impact and engagement be measured in doctoral education?
  • How are impact and engagement exerted and mediated? What are the key processes and actors operating here?
  • Can we measure the quality of impacts and engagements? How can we improve that quality?

Impact and engagement in practice

  • What impact do doctoral researchers have on their institutions?
  • How do impact and engagement translate into employability?
  • What impact do doctoral graduates have on the organisations they enter following graduation?
  • What impact do industry-funded doctoral projects have?
  • How can the impact and engagement of doctoral graduates be maximised?
  • How do impact and engagement operate in the overall ecology of the doctoral education system?

Impact and engagement – the human dimension

  • What impact does doctoral education have on its graduates? What is the impact of the wider engagement agenda on doctoral graduates?
  • What impact have developments in doctoral education over the past 25 years had on the student experience?

Proposals for Papers, Round Table Discussions, 5×5 Presentations, and Posters are no longer being accepted. If you have submitted a proposal, please see the Submission page for full details.

A special QPR2018 edition of the journal Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education has been agreed and, following the conference, all participants in the conference will be invited to submit papers for consideration for inclusion.