Doctoral program quality: release of the white paper from the doctoral teaching workshop

On The June 14, 2019

In November 2018, the Association Nationale des Docteurs (ANDès), Adoc Mètis, the Réseau National de Collèges Doctoraux (RNCD) and the Université de Lyon met with the doctoral community in Lyon for the second edition of the doctoral teaching workshop. A white paper containing the proposals submitted as part of this workshop has just been published.

Proposals by and for all those involved

The doctoral teaching workshop (Workshop Encadrement Doctoral, WED) was put together by ANDès, Adoc Mètis, the RNCD and the Université de Lyon on November 27 and 28, 2018. The WED brought together seventy doctorate players to take part in collaborative workshops. This was an opportunity to collectively reflect on current challenges facing the doctoral community and to propose practical and realistic solutions.

This meeting resulted in the publication of a compilation of proposals intended for the many players involved in doctoral teaching.

Its aim is to help improve the quality of the support, training and monitoring of PhD students, as well as the quality of each doctoral research project.

The quality of the doctoral program is in the spotlight

In terms of the entire doctoral ecosystem, the concept of quality is crucial to recognize what the doctorate covers, at all levels. It questions the entire process by which a doctoral candidate becomes a doctor. It covers everything from the preparation for the selection process, through the activities carried out during the doctorate, to the thesis defense, promotion of research data and career development, of any kind, and even early termination.

The 2018 WED compilation records the presentations, states the findings, practices, tools and measures available locally. It gave the participants the opportunity to propose practical solutions for twelve issues, some of which the pilot committee defined ahead of time, others of which participants proposed on the spot, to address the needs and constraints as close as possible to the field.

The compilation of proposals is available on the WED website