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Student‐led research training within the PhD: “PhD experience” conferences

Mercer, Theresa; Kythreotis, Andrew; Lambert, Carol; Hughes, Gill


Theresa Mercer

Andrew Kythreotis

Carol Lambert


– The purpose of this paper is to highlight the significance of student‐led initiatives in PhD development.

– A case study is presented utilizing Kolb's model of learning from experience to identify with student‐led research training within the PhD process.

– The experiential role of the student in the development of their personal doctoral training and the resultant social interactions thereof, remain as important as the more structured supervisor‐student relationship and other forms of doctoral training within the PhD research process.

– This paper contributes new insights into the process of how PhD students can become more empowered by the process of “doing” a PhD, rather than being confined to their own specific discipline, whilst offering future recommendations for students embarking upon PhD research.


Mercer, T., Kythreotis, A., Lambert, C., & Hughes, G. (2011). Student‐led research training within the PhD: “PhD experience” conferences. International journal for researcher development, 2(2), 152-166. doi:10.1108/17597511111212736

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 1, 2011
Publication Date Nov 11, 2011
Deposit Date Feb 27, 2018
Journal International Journal for Researcher Development
Print ISSN 2048-8696
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 2
Pages 152-166
Keywords Researcher development, Doctorates, Experiential learning, Conferences, PhD process, Research training, Student‐led, Experience, Reflection
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