1. Research Advisory Teams. The work of each participant on the CPD Doctorate programme will be monitored, supported and evaluated by a professional tutor in Educational Psychology (who will act as principal research advisor) and a very experienced and senior member of the profession with EPS management experience (who will offer advice on professional issues and ensure a continuing link with LEA and EPS perspectives).
The Research Committee model of supervision has been adapted from that employed by universities in the USA which have a long tradition of applied doctoral-level training programmes. The rationale for providing supervision for applied professional doctorates through a small team, rather than through a single supervisor, relates to the broader focus of applied research and the wider range of skills and knowledge which are relevant to the participants areas of interest. Members of the research advisory team are selected so that all are knowledgeable about the academic standards required and that between them, they can provide a high level of expertise across the range of relevant knowledge and skills.
The Research Committee will conduct a yearly progress review for each course member and also provide feedback on participants’ written work at the following stages:
First draft of Literature Review.
Yearly Progress Reports against agreed objectives.
Second submissions of each of the 4 professional practice assignments.
Penultimate draft of entire thesis.
In addition, towards the end of the final year, participants will be offered a ‘mock’ viva with feedback to assist them in preparation for examination of their thesis.