Quality in Postgraduate Research

Quality in Postgraduate Research


Graduate researchers: identity and importance

We are really pleased that QPR2024 (the 14th Quality in Postgraduate Research conference) will be held this year in Adelaide, at the National Wine Centre of Australia which is set in the South Australian capital’s beautiful Botanic Gardens. With a huge number of submissions this year, we are excited to share our DRAFT program with you all.

Please note that the Program is a DRAFT and is liable to change depending on feedback from presenters and any withdrawals of papers that may occur. While we will try to minimise change from the current draft program, we cannot guarantee that presentations or other sessions will take place at the time they are currently scheduled for on the draft program.

We strongly encourage delegates to book travel arrangements that will allow them to be present at the conference for all three days.

The dates of the conference are Wednesday – Friday 17-19 April 2024 so please be sure to put them in your diaries now (and maybe add a few days before or the weekend after the conference to enjoy the city and region).

This year, in our commitment to sustainability, we’re excited to announce that our Conference Book will be accessible for download on our website. Additionally, all papers will be shared through our soon to be released QPR Conference App, furthering our eco-friendly efforts reducing printing and allowing you all to connect with each other and all conference information on your mobile devices!

Keynote Speaker

Pat Thomson PSM PhD FAcSS FRSA

Pat Thomson is a Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham, UK and at University of South Australia. She is a former school principal and senior public servant whose research covers three areas: (1) academic writing and research methods, (2) arts and creative education practices in schools and communities, and (3) leading school change. Her academic writing and research blog patter (patthomson.net) is widely used by doctoral researchers and supervisors, and her most recent book is “Refining your academic writing: Strategies for reading, revising and rewriting “( Routledge 2023), one of the Insiders Guides to Success in Academic book series that she edits with Dr Helen Kara. 

Full Conference Theme Topics, Presentation Formats, Key Dates & information for presenters can be found on on the Submit page. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with alistair.mcculloch@unisa.edu.au or admin@qpr.edu.au  Listen to the QPR Theme Song  Ramsey Lewis Trio – Wade in the Water

“Building a Pipeline of Indigenous Researchers”

The Australian Council of Graduate Research (ACGR) and Universities Australia (UA) will be hosting a workshop on “Building a Pipeline of Indigenous Researchers”. The workshop will take place at the University of South Australia on 17 April 2024 from 2-6 pm ACST.

The workshop will focus on ways institutions can encourage and support growing the Indigenous research workforce through identifying key challenges and opportunities and through sharing of best practice within the sector. It will feature a panel of researchers and senior university executives with different levels of experience and skillsets. The workshop will be followed by an online session later in the year to allow participants to reflect on this workshop.

Date: Wednesday, 17 April 2024
Time: 2:00 PM-6 PM ACST 
Location: The Bradley Forum, Level 5 of the Hawke Building, 50-55 North Terrace, University of South Australia, Adelaide.

The workshop will be open to everyone, with the option to attend in-person or online. If you are interested, please register through this link. The program will be circulated closer to the date.


The 9th Postgraduate Supervision Conference 2025 conference being organized by our partners in Stellenbosch, South Africa, will be held 25 – 28 March 2025. More details can be found here.

QPR2018: Impact, Engagement, and Doctoral Education

Thank you to all who attended and supported QPR2018

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.