Call for Papers – CLOSED

The conference’s Steering Committee, therefore, invites submissions which inform the following theme:

Graduate Researchers: Identity and Importance

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 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.

Submit your abstract for QPR2024

While particularly inviting submissions which inform the conference theme, the Steering Committee 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
  • Indigenous knowledges, research and engagement
  • 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.

There are three presentation formats you can propose to share your work at QPR2024:

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, and innovations)
  • Next practice (innovative ideas and current or emerging developments that can help shape the future of graduate research)

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.

Posters - In standard academic poster format (to be presented electronically rather than in hard copy)

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

17 July 2023 - Submissions Open
6 November 2023 - Submissions Close
18 December 2023 - Decisions About Paper Acceptances Sent
23 January 2024 - Authors to Accept
17-19 April 2024 - QPR Conference

Submit your abstract online by signing up to our submission system below (or click here if you already have an account with us).

For your submission you will be asked:

  • To write an abstract explaining your work
    • Oral Presentation: 500 word limit
    • Round Table: 500 word limit
    • Poster: 250 word limit
  • To state which topic your proposal aligns
  • Provide information on all authors, including a photograph of the presenting author

Authors should

  • Write their abstract in English.
  • Specify all abbreviations in full at the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses, thereafter abbreviation only should be used.
  • Use a maximum of 4 references (references are included in the word count)

Note the submitting author will be considered the principal point of contact for all communication regarding the abstract including acceptance notification.

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