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The Provision of Postgraduate Taught Lectures and Seminars in Support of PhD Education at Brunel University: Student Perception and Alignment with Official Academic Guidelines

Author(s): Richard J. Godfrey

Journal: Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education
ISSN 1473-8376

Volume: 4;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 54;
Date: 2005;
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Keywords: postgraduate education | taught lectures | Government guidelines

In 2004 the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) published its second Code of Practice on postgraduate research programmes. This was an update following the UK Governmentcommissioned Roberts Review (2002) which suggested that standards should be raised, and skills and knowledge enhanced to better meet the requirements of research and the employers of researchers.Ten sports science PhD bursary students from Brunel University returned completed questionnaires which were designed to elicit views on the provision of taught lectures as part of their programme ofeducation. Analysis and interpretation was made in the light of the Roberts Review (2002) and the QAA Code of Practice (2004). Findings demonstrated that students had access to a large number of relevant lectures but only 50 per cent had actually attended any. General findings suggest that the University provides a very positive environment for PhD education that may require only minor changes. However, the lack of more explicit guidelines in the Roberts Review (2002) and QAA Code of Practice (2004) increases the risk of some universities providing inadequate education to their students. These exploratory findings suggest that future research is needed on this topic. Indeed, it suggests that universities need to carefully investigate the extent to which training programmes are effective.
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