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Project design


  • Literature review of existing scholarship and grey literature on doctoral admissions to synthesise existing findings and best practice.
  • Webpage analysis of public-facing admissions material on Warwick Doctoral College and departmental webpages.
  • Data collection across Warwick faculties:
    • ‘Critical conversations’ in the form of semi-structured interviews about departmental pre-application practices with: PGR Programme Directors and Programme Officers.
    • Implementation of a reflective practice process for supervisors: simple structured solicited diaries with doctoral supervisors about their actions pre-application, followed by interactive group reflection sessions with selected participants.

Project Timeline

To indicate the research timeline

An Overview of the Data Collection

Participants and methods