Quality in Postgraduate Research

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

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

We are happy to announce that the 2016 QPR Proceedings are now available.

SAVE THE DATE 2018! 17-18-19 APRIL 2018 National Wine Centre Adelaide.

The last QPR took place on APRIL 20-22 2016 at the National Wine Centre.

Photographs of this great conference and social events are now available as taken by some of our talented volunteers, Karen Cornelius from Flinders University and Dan O’Callaghan from the University of Adelaide.

The 2016 Program is available on line.


Did you love our theme music this year? What a great way to get everyone moving into sessions with ‘Wade in the Water‘ by the Ramsey Lewis Trio.




James Arvanitakis keynote speaker presentation can be seen here: Worth the paper it’s written on? Reframing the contemporary PhD

Helene Marsh keynote speaker presentation can be seen here:  An Australian doctorate for the 21st century; insights from the ACOLA Review Process

Authors, further information on your presentation requirements are now available:

Full Papers are not required  until 1st June 2016 with full details to come soon.

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 also continue, involving actors as diverse as individual research students and international bodies such as the OECD and the World Bank.  

Since 1994 Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference 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.


  • the doctorate relationship with societies, economies and communities in the 21st century
  • research degrees, employ-ability and research skills agenda
  • governmental and institutional policy on research training
  • supervision practice, the pedagogy of supervision and the student experience
  • research degrees outcomes and assessment
  • diversity in doctoral education
  • the management of research degrees
  • actors and agency in doctoral education

In addition to full papers, a plenary ‘Pecha Kucha’ session is planned in which up to 15 presenters will be given 5 minutes and allowed a maximum of 5 powerpoint slides to make their argument. If your proposal is for a Pecha Kucha, please indicate this clearly in the title. The audience will be invited to vote for the best Pecha Kucha presentation, for which a prize will be awarded.

Proposals for poster presentations are also invited. If your proposal is for a poster presentation, please indicate this clearly in the title when submitting via EasyChair. A prize will be awarded for the best poster. Posters will this year be show in electronic format throughout the conference venue.

Presentation times for standard papers- 15-18 minutes (maximum) Q&A – 7-10 mins Changeover between papers – 4-5 mins

Helpful Speakers Preparation and power-point slide from our host, Scene Change at the National Wine Centre.

Submissions must include:
Abstract Name | Keywords | Author name and position | Institution | Abstract |References | 250 word maximum
and separate each category with a double return.  Submissions without all of the required details will be returned to authors prior to the selection process. (Instructions to Authors)


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.

QPR_Proceedings 2014

The special edition of the International Journal for Researcher Development drawing on papers delivered at the 11th Quality in Postgraduate Research conference (QPR2014) has now been published.

The special edition of Quality in Higher Education drawing on papers delivered at the 11th Quality in Postgraduate Research conference (QPR2014) has now been published.