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International expert Prof Lynn McAlpine to present at colloquium on doctoral learning

Monday, 11 November 2019

Scholar to present on the role of the PhD in addressing global challenges.

The Centre for the Study of Research Training & Innovation (SORTI) is hosting visiting international scholar and doctoral learning expert, Professor Lynn McAlpine.

Professor McAlpine will be at the University of Newcastle during November and will deliver a keynote address at the Centre’s Doctoral Education, Assessment and Learning Colloquium on 26-27 November.

Professor McAlpine is internationally recognised for her research, conducted in the UK, Europe and Canada, into PhD and post-PhD career trajectories both in and outside the academy. She has been at the forefront of promoting research into Doctoral education and early career researcher development, including playing presidential roles in special interest groups in the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI) that focus on postgraduate students. Lynn spends her time between Oxford University in England and McGill University in Canada.

Professor McAlpine will speak on the topic of ‘Could the PhD play a role in addressing global challenges? If so, how might we do it?’ at 1pm on November 26 at New Space. Register your attendance for the session.

Professor McAlpine says refugee migration, climate change, online data regulation and protection are just three of the global challenges facing society today that will impact all our futures.

“If we hope to address such problems, we need collaboration across civil society and academia to bring together different kinds of knowledge in creative ways,” she said. “For those of us invested in doctoral education, this could mean helping to create highly skilled and motivated knowledge workers ready to conduct research that addresses such challenges.”

Her keynote will address will explore some of the possibilities and challenges around this premise - how might we do it? What might this mean in practice? Who are our potential collaborators?

SORTI member Associate Professor Kylie Shaw said it is a coup to have a scholar of Professor McAlpine’s calibre visit Newcastle.

“We are looking forward to hearing Lynn’s keynote address at our colloquium this month. She is one of eight speakers who will present their research at this event an opportunity to discuss doctoral education, higher order learning, and its impacts informed by the research and insights of leading scholars in the field,” she said. “The colloquium sessions will be of interest to those interested in educating and developing researchers and building capacity for research in university and in all walks of professional life.”

View the program for the Doctoral Education, Assessment and Learning Colloquium on 26-27


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