11th Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference

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Quality in Postgraduate Research
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QPR – Quality in Postgraduate Research – enters a third decade with its 11th biennial conference, which will be held in the beautiful setting of Adelaide, South Australia, from April 9th to 11th 2014. QPR is the world's longest-standing conference on doctoral education. Anyone with an interest is this area is invited to attend and proposal papers and posters.


QPR brings together scholars, practitioners, policy-makers, and managers and university leaders involved in the development and delivery of doctoral education.

To celebrate our third decade we return to our roots by focussing on the broad theme of quality in the supervision and management of postgraduate research degrees. The conference continues the theme established in the 1st QPR conference in 1994, where the focus was on student-supervisor interaction. However, in 2014, we move beyond that to address Quality throughout the postgraduate system.

Papers are therefore invited in areas including, but not limited to:
the student experience
supervision practice and the pedagogy of supervision
research degrees outcomes
the management of research degrees
governmental and institutional policy on research training
research degrees and the employability and research skills agenda
the research and scholarship of doctoral education.

Comparative studies are particularly invited.

Please note that the conference organisers are actively seeking special editions of appropriate journals which would showcase papers from the conference.


The conference will be held adjacent to Adelaide's CBD in its heritage-listed parklands in the National Wine Centre of Australia. Paper submissions are now open, through the EasyChair system. Registration is now open. Please join our mailing list to receive email notifications about the conference.

Call for Abstracts

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Early bird registration opens

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Deadline for submission of abstracts

October 31, 2013

Notification of acceptance

December 2, 2013

Early bird registration closes

February 18, 2014

DDOGS pre conference meeting

April 8, 2014

QPR Conference

April 9-11, 2014

Revised abstracts/papers for proceedings

June 27, 2014


Posters will be accepted on the basis of an abstract as per presentations. Poster presentation submissions are to be made through the paper submission link with details required at the submission stage including :
"POSTER" in title for clear reference
Name of presenter and/or research team

ARTA Australasian Research Training Administrators

The ARTA stream will run through Days 1 and 2 of the conference (Wednesday 9 April and Thursday 10 April 2014).

Papers are invited from ARTA members for the ARTA stream and should be made through the paper submission link with the word ARTA included at the beginning of the title. Other details are required as for a paper proposal.


The conference organisers invite proposals for Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in specific aspects of the scholarship, practice, policy and management of research degree with the aim of creating active discussion groups and building enduring communities of practice to further QPR-related interests both at and between the conferences.

Proposals for SIGs should be made to Alistair.McCulloch@unisa.edu.au by 22 November 2013. A small honorarium is available to aid the establishment of up to 3 additional SIGs. A successful doctoral writing SIG is already in operation.