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    Employer, Industry and Policymaker views on Doctorate Education

    Leniston, Niamh and Coughlan, Joseph and Cusack, Tara and Mountford, Nicola (2023) Employer, Industry and Policymaker views on Doctorate Education. Education Applications & Developments VIII. pp. 337-349. ISSN 978-989-53614-6-5

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    As society undergoes green and digital transitions, various policymakers such as the European Commission expect universities to contribute to innovation and progress. As education’s highest achieving graduates, the doctorate holder may be key in this era of innovation and problem-solving. As academic career prospects dwindle, and PhD graduates increasingly enter industry, academic research has highlighted that traditional PhD programmes may not provide the required skills and knowledge for the workforce today. To learn how best to address such issues, we consulted thirteen EU policy documents and industry-led reports; and interviewed thirteen employers to add their voice to the discussion. Findings align with previous reports of a lack of transferable skills, but also introduce new concerns such as the desire for adaptability, experience, and redefining skills with regards to self-presentation. We discuss interdisciplinarity and intersectorality as potential solutions to addressing these needs.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: doctoral education; practice perspective; programme design; skill acquisition; PhD programmes;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 18063
    Depositing User: Nicola Mountford
    Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2024 14:48
    Journal or Publication Title: Education Applications & Developments VIII
    Publisher: inSciencePress
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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