We received an overwhelming amount of very high quality submissions, and along with the extension of the deadline, our reviewers and the subsequent program development are taking a little longer than expected and this is having an impact on the final selection process. Our apologies for this and can we ask you to please keep an eye out on your email early in the new year as we send out decisions about which papers can be accepted.

Have a safe and happy festive season and we hope we’ll be able to welcome you to Adelaide in April.

Quality in Postgraduate Research (QPR) is the world’s biggest and longest-standing conference on graduate research education, and 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 which constitute doctoral and masters-by-research education.

In the five years since the last QPR conference took place in 2018, much has changed in the research degree landscape, in higher education and in its political, social and cultural environments. This change provides a point in time when it is essential to consider fundamental questions and issues pertinent to graduate research. The conference’s Steering Committee, therefore, invites submissions which inform the following theme:

Graduate researchers: identity and importance

While inviting submissions which inform the conference theme, the Steering Committee of the 14th Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference (#QPR2024) specifically invites submissions addressing other relevant issues including:

  • Perspectives on the purpose (or purposes) of graduate research education
  • The values underpinning graduate research
  • Is it time to put the ‘Ph’ back in the PhD?
  • The PhD in a changing environment
  • The importance of graduate research and to who is it important?
  • The changing identity of the doctoral researcher
  • Embedding the PhD in industry, community and public service sectors – the why and the how
  • Graduate Research Student or Early Career Researcher, or both?
  • What constitutes success in the context of the PhD?
  • The quality of the graduate research student experience
  • Improving research degree supervision
  • Institutional structures for delivering graduate education
  • Graduate research in a global perspective.

The Steering Committee invites submissions of abstracts to be considered in the following categories:

Oral Presentations

15 minute presentation and 5 minute Q&A. Oral presentations are conversation starters that provide enough information to encourage the audience to engage and seek further information. Content for oral presentations can come from:

  • Research papers (theoretical, conceptual or empirical)
  • Review or integrative papers (including horizon-scanning and policy-review papers)
  • Research-in-progress presentations (early results, reports of pilot projects)
  • Best practice papers (administrative and practice developments, experiments, innovations not involving rigorous evaluation)
  • Next practice (innovative ideas and current or emerging developments that can help shape the future of graduate research)

Submission Guide: 500 word abstract,

Round Tables

55 or 90 minute panel discussion. Round Tables are a deep-dive to address a significant issue of importance to the doctoral education community between a group of experts (minimum of three) and engages the audience via Q&A time.

Submission Guide: 500 word abstract,


Posters (to be presented electronically rather than in hard copy)

Submission Guide: 250 word abstract,

The Committee is also open to suggestions of other forms of presentation and enquiries about these should be directed in the first instance to the conference convenor, Professor Alistair McCulloch at

Please note that, in response to scheduling problems when individual presenters appear as authors on multiple papers, the Committee has decided to limit the times any individual can appear on the conference program as a presenter to three.


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