Doctoring the System

Improving the structures for doctoral students, improves completion rate?

Improving the structures that support doctoral students can turn around completion rates. Tara Brabazon sets out a ten-point plan for institutions

Behind every failed doctoral candidature is a personal tragedy. The unsuccessful conclusion of any degree is a moment of sadness, but the scale of this disappointment is much greater in the case of doctoral students. The dream – the prize – is to enter academic life, build knowledge and supervise others. When failed candidates leave the campus for the last time, there is a darkness and chill to their journeys that should remain with all of us who care about the future of universities.

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