Quality in Postgraduate Research

Quality in Postgraduate Research


It is with great regret that we have to inform you that QPR2020 (14th Quality in Postgraduate Research conference) has had to be canceled because of the developing COVID-19 situation. Unfortunately, the rapidly developing situation (in terms of the virus’s spread and the associated health implications, and also the increasingly restrictive governmental and institutional policies) have made the decision inevitable.

Emails have been sent to all directly affected people so that they can make adjustments to their plans in a timely manner.

We are, however, pleased to be able to announce that, while the QPR2020 conference will no longer take place, we have agreed that a re-scheduled Quality in Postgraduate Research conference should be held in Adelaide at the National Wine Centre during the week of 12-16 April 2021. Please put the dates in your calendar. We will announce further details as soon as possible.

As we are effectively re-scheduling the conference, we will roll forward to the 2021 event any registrations from 2020 for which refunds are not requested. If you want a refund of your registration fees for the 2020 conference, these are available through the Eventbrite website.

Once again, can I pass on my thanks for your ongoing support for QPR, my sincere regrets for having to announce the conference’s cancelation and my hope that we’ll be able to welcome you to Adelaide in just over a year’s time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with either myself (alistair.mcculloch@unisa.edu.au) or Lea McBride (admin@qpr.edu.au).


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

We are thrilled to announce our Key Note Speakers for 2020

  • Professor Susan Porter, Dean and Vice Provost (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) at the University of British Columbia in Canada.
  • Dr Jane Wellens, Head of the Graduate School at the UK’s University of Nottingham

View our QPR2020 Timetable DRAFT

21-23 APRIL 2020

14th Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference

QPR2020 – Success in doctoral education: perspectives on research training

21-23 April 2020
National Wine Centre, Hackney Road, Adelaide

How is success defined in the context of the PhD? Does the definition vary according to the perspective of the actor doing the defining? Whose definition is the most powerful? How should we measure success? Does it matter?

It is now accepted that the field of PhD education involves multiple stakeholders and is known by multiple labels. The stakeholders include research degree candidates, supervisors, those employed to support the development of doctoral education, research leaders, universities, governments, industry together with others. The labels include doctoral education, graduate education, research education and research training.  The different labels imply different understandings of the PhD and its purpose, while the various stakeholders each have (or represent) different and sometimes competing interests. These different labels and interests provide a rich theoretical, conceptual and practitioner backdrop from which to explore the way in which success in doctoral is defined, understood, measured and experienced.

It is in this context that the 14th Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference (QPR2020) invites contributions addressing the theme of:

Success in doctoral education: perspectives on research training

The Conference Committee invites contributors to think broadly about the ways in which different actors in the doctoral space understand and study the definition, practice and measurement of success in higher degrees by research with possible topics including, but by no means limited to, the following.

  • Determinants of success in research training, graduate outcomes, destinations and career trajectories
  • Measuring success in the doctoral degree, stakeholder perspectives
  • From Research Education to Research Training – competing definitions of success in the doctoral space
  • Power, authority and definitions of success in doctoral education
  • Doctoral success in an era of internationalisation and globalisation
  • Success in the doctoral space – the contribution of alternative models of the PhD
  • Work Integrated Learning, placements and industry-based PhDs
  • Improving equitable access to the research degree – how would we measure success?
  • Supervisors, supervisory practice and PhD success in a digital age – using digital means to enhance success in research degrees
  • What does success mean in research degree examination?
  • Doctoral candidates’ experience, wellbeing and success
  • Success, risk and the choice of projects and research questions chosen by PhD candidates
  • Successful research writing and its development
  • Doctoral pedagogies for success – online and in person
  • Dissemination and doctoral research – what does success look like?

‘Proposals are invited for expert symposia or roundtable discussions (lasting 90 minutes); full panels involving a number of papers (lasting 90 minutes); individual research, review, integrative, policy or conceptual papers; reports of practice; and, workshops. Individual papers and reports of practice should be designed for presentation during a 25 minute session which includes 8-10 minutes for audience discussion.

Individual research papers and reports of practice should fall into one of the following categories and, to assist their grouping into 90 minute panels, submitters will be asked to indicate under which category their submission should be considered and its likely stage of development at the point of presentation.

  • Research papers (papers involving the presentation of empirical data or theoretical developments in the field of doctoral education. Submissions should state whether presenters intend presenting full findings or their early results. Papers addressing the rigorous evaluation of institutional practice may be included in this category.)
  • Review, integrative, policy or conceptual papers (not dealing with the presentation of empirical data)
  • Practice and innovation papers (dealing with administrative and practice developments, showcases, or experiments and innovations not involving rigorous evaluation)

Please note that each presenter will be limited to a maximum of three appearances on the conference program either as a sole author/presenter or as part of a group authorship/presentation.

Questions and requests for further information can be obtained from admin@qpr.edu.au.

Submissions via EasyChair

Thank you to all who attended and supported QPR2018

QPR2018: Impact, Engagement, and Doctoral Education

Recap the 2018 year’s conference:
Programme  |  Keynote Audio  |  Pictures 

Keynotes Speakers:

2018, QPR was proud to host Alan Finkel; Gina Wisker, Gillian Robinson, and Brenda Leibowitz; and Hugh Kearns as the Conference’s Keynote Speakers. Click here to find out more.