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VIRTUAL EVENT: CHES-CDE doctoral seminar - session 1 of 4

16 June 2021, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm

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In this webinar, Dr Jim McKinley and Dr Alfonso Del Percio will present on the topic of doctoral education in the first research seminar of this series.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES)

This event is part of the Centre for Higher Education Studies-Centre for Doctoral Education (CHES-CDE) seminar series. It will be particularly useful for those interested in doctoral education.


12 to 12:45pm - Evolving doctoral identities through peer writer identity analysis

In this webinar, Jim McKinley will explore a multiple case study that investigates the experiences of two EdD and three PhD in Education students conducting peer analysis of English L2 (person’s second language) doctoral writers with a particular focus on how the process of providing peer feedback shapes their own identities as doctoral writers.

The peer analysis involves exploring the written language choices of English L2 doctoral candidates, specifically, how EdD and PhD students position themselves in relation to their arguments.

Each of the five researchers in this study worked with 1-3 participants within their same programmes: EdD and PhD in Education students who use English as an additional language.

12:45 to 1pm - Becoming Public Ethnographers: Chronicling an Attempt

What does it mean to become public ethnographers? In this talk, Alfonso Del Percio will offer an ethnographic account of a training program that he contributed to putting in place at UCL and that aims to guide a small cohort of eleven international UCL Institute of Education-based PhD students towards becoming public ethnographers.

This training program intends to respond to the increasing demand for public engagement training in doctoral education, especially the need for PhD students to learn how to communicate their research to those outside the university. 

CHES-CDE Doctoral Seminar Series

Doctoral education has received increased attention in recent years with concerns expressed about access by minority ethnic groups, preparation for future careers and the appropriateness of institutional structures and support for supervisors. This series will explore these and further issues.


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About the Speakers

Dr Jim McKinley

Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL at UCL Institute of Education

Dr Jim McKinley
Having taught in higher education in Australia from 2000 and Japan from 2005, he settled in the UK in 2016.

Jim's research explores implications of globalisation for L2 writing, language education, and teaching in higher education. He has co-authored and co-edited several books on research methods in applied linguistics, and he currently serves as an editor-in-chief for the journal system.

More about Dr Jim McKinley

Dr Alfonso Del Percio

Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics at UCL Institute of Education

Alfonso Del Percio
Alfonso is an ethnographer studying the links between language, transnational labor, and social inequality. He was trained in sociolinguistics, organisational studies, and anthropology at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), and The University of Chicago (USA).  More about Dr Alfonso Del Percio