An Introduction to the PhD in Higher Education: Research, Evaluation and Enhancement

An Introduction to the PhD in Higher Education: Research, Evaluation and Enhancement

August 31, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


Hello I’m Paul Trowler. I’m the director of the PhD in Research, Evaluation and Enhancement, the Doctoral Programme HEREE as we call it. It’s designed for anybody who’s working in higher education be they academics, education developers, managers or professional staff and it’s also designed for their institutions for enhancing the provision of learning and teaching, research, whatever the function is. The programme is a hundred percent online so you don’t need to worry about visas and all the rest of it coming to the UK but don’t think of it please as simply a programme where we put materials up online for you to quote “consume”. We make the programme personal, interactive, collaborative and engaging. There’ll be no more than somewhere between 25 and 30 participants on the programme and we break those down into small groups, different small groups for different activities and we use multiple technologies to make the programme accessible, personalized and mobile so you’ll be using video, animation, sound and so on. There are three core modules on the programme; one about learning, teaching and assessment, another about policy and change in higher education and the third about evaluation and you could probably see by the titles that they are all designed to integrate, to look at the higher education processes and practices and think about enhancement of them. You publish as you go on this programme so even before you get to the end of it you should have at least one, maybe two publications because the assessment on those three core modules is designed just like publishing an academic article, about 7,000 words. There is a review before your final submission so that you get good feedback, extensive feedback just as you would from peer reviewers on in a journal. It’s a PhD and not an EdD and that really means that it’s to develop your research skills. It is related to professional practice but from a research perspective so when you come out of this programme you will be an excellent researcher and one who thinks about the implications, the impact if you like, about making a difference through your research skills. We offer three subsidiary modules to those three core ones and they’re designed to give you more formative feedback of that sort, to give you a toolbox for the skills that you need for pursuing the three core modules. So the department itself has nearly 50 years of specialism in higher education. It consists of academic specialists who will be teaching you and there are also really excellent professional staff, a top-class administrator and a dedicated online support officer for this programme and the three other doctoral programmes that we offer in the department. So we’ve got a large amount of resources, human resources and other kinds of resources, that you can take advantage of in the department and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the programme. It begins on October the first each year and I do hope you’ll join us.