One of the benefits of a doctoral programme is that it permits the creation of learning sets which provide an extremely effective method of learning and personal support for students through:
- the exchange of peer feedback on academic work
- the sharing of professional experiences
- networking and socialisation
- the provision of mutual support during study block periods
Amity provides a research community where students will be able to meet regularly with each other, discuss their work and share good practice and problems.
Monthly action learning meetings
Action learning is a management development method involving learning from cycles of action and reflection and including dialogue with others engaged in cycles of action. Action learning sets provide support for the candidate and a challenge to their thinking in a way that advances their work and encourages reflective practice. The programme intends to create a community of learners in which each candidate contributes to the learning of the others. Candidates will learn from the support and challenge offered by other experienced professionals. The meetings will be managed and facilitated by an academic staff member.
Presentations by candidates
Presentations will be used as a vehicle for feedback and to provide milestone to encourage progression. The programme will provide considerable opportunities for candidates to present their research in the front of the form of work in progress papers, working papers or presentation of research results.
Researcher Development Portfolio (RDP)
In the conventional PDP, the manager specifies what they want to learn (the learning outcomes), how they intend to go about achieving the learning outcomes and what evidence they will provide to demonstrate that they have achieved the learning outcomes set. On this programme, the RDP, the PDP concept will be broadened to include the researcher development. The RDP will be developed after reflection on experience through the whole programme. Through the RDP the candidates will improve their professional effectiveness, develop skills necessary to underpin their research and develop the capacity to plan and manage their own learning.
Varied teaching methods
Across the taught elements, teaching methods provide a combination of structured training sessions workshops, directed learning activities, invited speakers, group work and seminar presentations, with emphasis on creative student-centered learning and self-evaluation/reflection at each juncture. Staff input will come from suitable academically qualified and research active members of the PhD Team and use will be made of visiting academics and specialist speakers, where appropriate. Independent study, use of learning set groups, on-line and face-to-face tutor support will enhance the students learning experience
Students will be able to interact in many ways. This includes; weekly research seminars; frequent workshops (internal and external organised), monthly invited talks, frequent network events, participation of conferences (organised internally or externally) and interaction with other researchers from internal and external universities that are in a collaboration agreement with Amity. Students are also encouraged to make use of the VITAE Researcher Development Planner and the VITAE development Framework, so the students can benefit from the vitae researcher development insight and expertise.