Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Doctoral Training Now 'Closer' to Employers' Needs

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Doctoral Training Now 'Closer' to Employers' Needs

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Employers are not aware how much the doctorate has changed over the past five to 10 years, according to the main author of a report into good practice in doctoral training at Europe's research-intensive universities.

David Bogle, head of University College London's Graduate School and chair of the League of European Research Universities (Leru) Doctoral Studies Community, said that some non-academics who work with the academy have an understanding of the changing nature of a PhD. But, in general, the world of work does not understand the extent to which doctorates have broadened out.

The report, Good Practice Elements in Doctoral Training, published by Leru on 4 February, describes how doctoral training has "changed significantly in recent years". It says that many PhD students now find employment outside academia, and universities have developed structured doctorates to cultivate broad skill sets in preparation for this.

"The key point about the doctorate is that it is not just about producing a thesis, it is about producing a person," Professor Bogle told Times Higher Education. …

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