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The research higher degree and beyond


31 May 2016

In this panel discussion, three very experienced PhD and masters examiners will share their expectations and give participants an insight into the processes they use when they examine theses. Higher-degree-research students in the social sciences are invited to come along with questions and seek answers from examiners!

Event details

  • When: 4–6pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing the research student liaison officer.

  • Contact: Suin Jung
    Research Student Liaison Officer, Sydney School of Education and Social Work
    T: +61 2 9351 6268 | E:

  • More info:

  • Speakers: Peter Goodyear (pictured top) is Professor of Education at The University of Sydney and founding co-director of the University's Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation. From 2004 to 2015 he was co-director of the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo). He held an Australian Laureate Fellowship from 2010-2015 and is a Senior Fellow of the ALTC. Before emigrating to Australia in 2003, Peter was Professor of Educational Research at Lancaster University in the UK. He was the founding director of Lancaster's Centre for Studies in Advanced Learning Technology. He has also held academic positions in Belfast, London and Birmingham. Peter's BSc and DPhil degrees are from the University of Ulster. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK).

    Ruth Phillips (pictured centre) associate professor in social work and policy studies and Associate Dean Postgraduate Research in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. She is supervising a diverse range of postgraduate research topics, including:
    • • postcolonial feminist approaches to the role of informal education for
        'subaltern' women
    • • HIV AIDS and social work curricula in Taiwan
    • • NGO networking and the campaign against child sex trafficking
    • • the meaning of poverty in Korea
    • • nation branding and social policy in Korea
    • • sub-Saharan refugee experiences of settlement policy.

    Anthony Welch (pictured bottom) is Professor of Education with the Sydney School of Education and Social Work ant The University of Sydney. A policy specialist, his numerous publications include studies of reforms and policy issues within Australia, Asia, and elsewhere, as well as theoretical contributions. Tony holds an MA and PhD from the University of London, has lectured in many parts of the world, and has authored or edited more than 10 books. His work has been translated into numerous European and Asian languages. Tony has consulted to international agencies such as UNDP, Commonwealth of Learning and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), governments in Australia, Asia, as well as within Europe, and to US Foundations and institutions; he has project experience in several parts of Asia, notably China and South East Asia, particularly regarding higher-education reforms. A Fulbright New Century Scholar, for 2007-8 (Theme: Access and Equity in Higher Education), Tony has been Visiting Professor in the US, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Hong Kong and Malaysia. In July 2008, he delivered the prestigious Joseph Lauwerys Lecture, at the Comparative Education Society of Europe (CESE), in Athens. He led an Australian Research Council Grant for a project on the Chinese Knowledge Diaspora, and his consultancy roles include the major Asian Development Bank (ADB) project, Higher Education in Dynamic Asia, and higher-education consultant (ADB) for the Comprehensive Education Sector Review (CESR), Myanmar, 2012-13. Tony has contributed to the high-level policy symposium, Beijing Forum, and holds the title of Professor and PhD Supervisor at a major Chinese university. In 2015 he was selected as Haiwai Mingshi (Distinguished Foreign Scholar) by China’s national agency SAFEA (State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs).

The research higher degree and beyond: what are examiners looking for?

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.


31 May 2016

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