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Queen Mary Academy

Invited speaker

The doctoral viva: what is its role in the final examination and how does it affect outcomes?

Our speaker for Tuesday 9 March at 4pm is Dr Gill Houston, Vice-Chair, UK Council for Graduate Education

Gill has wide-ranging experience of higher education, including developing and implementing higher education policy in the UK and internationally, in universities and with sector-wide bodies. Latterly, having served as vice-chair, Gill was chair of UKCGE’s board of trustees (July 2018-July 2020) and is currently vice-chair (until July 2021).

Her recent work focuses on the assessment of students and doctoral education, which led to her completing a part-time PhD in education, entitled: `A study of the PhD examination: process, attributes and outcomes’, available online at: and widely cited in a book published by Sage: Delivering Inspiring Doctoral Assessment (Denicolo, Duke and Reeves, 2020).